Red meat is no stranger to bad press. For years, headlines raised concerns about saturated fat and cholesterol. More recently, high-protein diets gave meat a comeback story and it’s all about what kind of meat you eat! There’s a big difference between processed meat and fresh meat. Processed meat includes ham, bacon, sausages, hot dogs, salami, and jerky. These choices are high in salt, fat, and chemicals, and they’re not the best ways to get your protein.
At Stonegrill NZ we cook with lean, clean, fresh red meat, like beef, lamb, and pork, which absolutely can be good for you! Perfect for all you budding athletes out there!
The Health Benefits of Lean Red Meat
Red meat can be great source of protein, which has been shown to help make you feel full. Lean choices are low in total fat and saturated fat—it has roughly the same amount of saturated and unsaturated fat, which might surprise some. Take a look at what’s in an average serving.
|Nutrient||3 oz Beef Sirloin||3 oz Pork Tenderloin||3 oz Lamb Loin|
|Protein||26 g||26 g||22 g|
Beef top sirloin steak, lean meat only, trimmed of fat, cooked.
Pork tenderloin, lean meat only, cooked.
Lamb loin, lean meat only, cooked.
What to Buy: The Best Cuts
The best way to shop for red meat is to use your eyes—look for the least amount of visible fat on the outside and marbled throughout the meat. Ask your butcher for recommendations on the leanest cuts: sirloin, loin, tenderloin, and eye fillet are typically good choices, and ask for lean or extra lean ground beef, which is less than 10 percent fat by weight.
Spending a bit more on grass-fed meat is not only better for the environment, it’s better for your health, too. Grass-fed beef has less total fat, a healthier type of fat (more omega 3s!), as well as more vitamins and cancer-fighting antioxidants.
Cooking methods also impact the health of your meal. High-temperature grilling has been shown to form cancer-causing chemicals in meat, so it’s best to avoid charring.
The 400°C STONEGRILL sears food fast, locking in the natural juices and nutrients, enhancing flavour and tenderness making it the best option for cooking your meat. The unique “dry cooking” method, uses no added fats or oils making it the most healthy way to cook the meat.