Food options: what types of meat to choose

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It’s time for a dose of reality for people addicted to red meat. A recent study prepared for 10 years, found that people who eat 300 grams of red meat per week are more likely to develop colon cancer than those consuming less or not at all. Next you will learn what types of meat recommended for a healthy life.


1. Overview
2. Types of meats
3. All in moderation

Types of meats

Despite the fact that it is said that nothing can replace a delicious steak, there are plenty of alternatives just as tasty and much healthier, which won’t affect the colon:

• Pork: 164.7 kcal and 7.5g of fat per 100 g of lean pork.

For a long time, pork chops was the first in the list of doctors as being harmful to the body. Nowadays, however, pork is “considered” just another white meat – when consumed in reasonable amounts (200 g), a pork chop can be quite good. If you prefer your pork chops, choose the nonfat variant. A normal-size pork chop, cleaned of fat contains about 17 grams of fat.
Note, however, some products such as pork sausages contain nitrates and nitrites as preservatives, substances that have been associated with cancer.

• Poultry: 126 kcal, 2 g fat per 100 g skinless chicken breast

White meat is much healthy than the red meat – a known fact. As such, chicken meat (not the fried one), is an excellent alternative to red meat. It is low in fat – it is clean skin – and quite tasty if prepared correctly. Chicken is a source of protein. However, you should keep in mind that, when they eat chicken, there is always risk of infection with E. coli. Be sure to cook it at a temperature of at least 75 degrees C to remove the danger. Also, burned chicken can contain some cancer-causing chemicals such as heterocyclic amines, is thus indicated, to limit consumption of chicken well done.

• Turkey meat: 160 kcal and 8 g of fat per 100 g of turkey meat

Domestic turkey is a source of protein and is considered one of the healthiest. Turkey is more flavorful than chicken. This type of meat is low in fat: a portion of about 150 g of skinless turkey meat contains about 11 grams of fat. There is a popular belief that the meat will make you sleepy and indeed it will; this is due to a sleep-inducing amino acid called tryptophan, but not strong enough so that you fall asleep.

• Fish meat: 80 to 250 kcal depending on the species

A properly cooked piece of fish can be as satisfying as a great steak. In addition, a variety of fish (usually salmon and tuna) are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce the rate of heart disease.
Some studies suggest that low-fat fish such as cod, not offer the same health benefits as fatty fish. The same studies have found that people who eat more fish meat are less likely to develop colon cancer. But beware: tuna, may contain high levels of mercury, a substance extremely dangerous for your body. How much fish meat is recommended to eat? It depends. Avoid large carnivorous fish as possible – tuna, swordfish and shark. Levels of mercury in fish can vary a lot; please check which fish containing the highest levels of mercury to prevent their use.

• duck meat: 136 Kcal 11.2 g of fat per 100 g of duck

Fat meat, high in saturated fat also contains significant doses of health beneficial substances such as zinc, iron and vitamin B.

• Venison: 120 Kcal and 2.4 g of fat per 100 g of meat from game
Venison is the healthiest choice for meat lovers and for those who enjoy red meat in general.

• Bacon: 215 Kcal and 16.5 grams of fat per 100 g of bacon

Like ham, bacon has a high content of sodium and preservatives, which are subject to risk of developing cancer. This product should be consumed only occasionally.

• Lamb: 200 Kcal and 12.3 grams of fat per 100 g of lean lamb

Lamb meat has a reputation for being unhealthy, considering that is a relatively fatty meat. However, due to slaughter shortly after birth, the lamb is still considered as being good for consumption and the taste is appreciated by those who eat it.

• Ham: 107 Kcal and 3.3 g of fat per 100 g of bacon

Packaged ham can contain up to 37% water and even high doses of salt and spices. Because of its content, ham is really a type of meat should be eaten only occasionally.

All in moderation

As you can see, there are several types of healthy meat, turkey being the best choice overall. All these meats can be consumed regularly, except for derivatives such as ham and bacon.

Man is a carnivore, and many health problems and concerns that have to do with meat are created by man, but if you follow the eco choices, you can enjoy meat anytime and in good health.

It is true that you have health problems when you consume too much of a product considered perfectly healthy. You should moderate your general consumption of meat and fat, and you’ll stay healthy. As a general rule, most nutritionists suggest that a serving of meat should be about the size of a fist. Seems too little, but this is the amount recommended by experts for a healthy life. Make sure also to follow a balanced diet containing plenty of fruits and vegetables.



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