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:
- Choose lowfat meats and chicken. Avoid fried chicken, or chicken with the skin still on it.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.