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5 Tips For Choosing Healthier Meats


While some folks choose to avoid meat altogether for their health, many folks do still incorporate meat into their diets, as it can be a great source of lean protein. The key is to incorporate meat in a healthy way and avoid cuts that are high in fat and cholesterol. The US Department of Agriculture offers a few easy suggestions for making healthier meat choices. Here are highlights:

  1. Choose lowfat meats and chicken. Avoid fried chicken, or chicken with the skin still on it.
  2. Make sure you account for how you've cooked your meat. For example, chicken cooked in butter can be a lot less healthy than chicken cooked in olive oil.
  3. Eat more fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, trout, anchovies, and tuna. Here are two recipes for salmon that I love.
  4. Avoid meats that are high in cholesterol. Liver and other organ meats are super bad for your heart. Instead aim for meats low in cholesterol such as white turkey meat.
  5. Processed meat such as hot dogs, ham, sausage, and lunch meats may be easy to prepare but they can also be very high in sodium and other additives.

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