Guest January 5, 2015

Meat is essential part of a balanced healthy diet, as it contains protein and other minerals our body needs to be healthy. But some meat also have unwanted fats and/or cholesterol, and eating meat with such elements could clog our bodies with wastes and add inches to your waistline.

Written below are some tips on how to select low-fat meat:

1. Carefully read the labels. Look for labels such as “reduced fat” or “lean cut.” Many butchers or meat manufacturers have already trimmed the unwanted fats, which could make it a lot easier for you to select healthier meat cuts.

2. Choose meat cuts that naturally have less fat. Excellent selections for beef include whole chuck or round, beef tenderloin, and beef sirloin. For chicken, healthier options are always the white meat and skinless. Low-fat pork choices are loin chops, tenderloin, and leg pieces.

3. It’s better if you can avoid pre-ground meat. Many meat providers include meat parts from sections of the animal that have more fat, because they’re relatively cheaper. This quickly adds more unwanted fat to your diet than you wanted. When you are buying ground meat, select a whole piece of lean pork, beef, or chicken and the butcher to grind it for you, where you can see the grinding process.

4. Swap ground lean meat with ground chicken white breast or lean turkey. These contain low fat and could make a good, healthy meal at a fraction of the cholesterol or fat content.

5. Instead of beef or pork, consider deer meat. It is a little gamier in flavour, but it contains less cholesterol and fat, making it a good selection for a healthier meal.

6. Get steaks which are labeled “select” or “choice” when you need the occasional indulgence. The cuts which are labeled “prime” are more marbled with fat.

7. Before preparing your cut of meat for cooking, remove any fat you see with a sharp knife. You could still further trim even the leanest cuts from the butcher.

8. Remove the skin of chicken cuts before serving. Cooking turkey or chicken with the skin on is okay as it adds good flavour, but before eating, the skin should be removed, for a healthier meal.
9. Reduce portion sizes. The standard serving of protein for a meal should be equal to 85 grams or three ounces, or about the size of a deck of playing cards. Keeping your portion sizes to such measurements can help you prevent overindulging

10. Before serving ground meat, drain it to get rid of fatty liquid it has been cooked in. Before stirring the ground meat or mixing with other ingredients, strain it through a colander, then run under hot water.

To buy high quality, fresh, low-fat meat cuts, visit the website of McLoughlin Butchers Products by following the link.