Red Meat vs White Meat - Which is more heart healthy?
by Jes @SnackFirst on Dec 26, 2017
Meat in general, has a lot of proteins and vitamins essential for our body growth and development.
In nutritional context, red meat includes pork, beef and mutton, usually four-legged animals while white meat consists of fish, duck and chicken. What makes red meat red is the high amount of myoglobin cells in the bloodstream which transports oxygen to muscles. Muscles used more frequently are darker which is why breast meat usually looks paler.
Red meat has higher amount of proteins and also other vitamins like iron, zinc and B vitamins, but also unhealthy fats. Due to the high amount of unhealthy fast, high consumption of red meat has also been known to cause high cholesterol and colecteral cancers.
But still, it’s totally fine to eat red meat regularly!
Some recommendations to remain heart healthy:
1) Limit the portion of red meat to around two meals a week. It is recommended to eat more fish, preferably those high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, trout and herring.
2) A leaner cut of meat is also more healthy. Meat such as sirloin, loin and round are cuts that indicate a leaner version.
3) If possible, trim off as much fats as possible before cooking or pour away the melted fats after cooking.
4) Bake or grill the meat instead of deep frying them is also a good way to stay in shape.
For vegetarians and people who are trying to cut down on red meat, beans or seeds will be a good source of proteins and vitamins to replace meat. There are all kinds of delicious beans such as edamame, black, red, green beans, lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans and you can also cook them in many ways.
It's always better to take every food in moderation.
This is because all meats contain certain hormones, steroids, antibiotics and other medication to allow plumper, juicier and tastier returns. Antibiotics are injected into all animals while steroids are only given to sheeps and cows.
Even vegetables are not 'safe' either! As the manure from animals are used as fertilizers, even organic produce have been tested to contain small amount of antibiotics. Some fishes may also be given hormones to induce breeding so the 'safest' meat might be the ones coming from the ocean.
In conclusion, just take everything in moderation!