The 5 Healthiest Meats & one to Avoid

Hamburgers, hot dogs, & chicken fingers are all-American meats, but not the greatest. Kris Sollid, RD, Senior Director, Nutrition Communications at the International Food Information Council Foundation.

Dietitians recommend lean meats. Choose 3.5-ounce portions with fewer than 10 grammes of total fat and 4.5 grammes of saturated fat.

Lean meats are best

Sollid says turkey is a lean protein high in vitamin B6 and niacin. These nutrients assist heart health, digestion, energy, & cognitive function.

Best: mild, skinless turkey

Poultry is also rich in vitamin B6 & niacin. Journal of Food & Nutrition Research says it helps maintain a healthy weight & general well-being.

Chicken breast without skin

Lean pork tenderloin is an excellent meat option. Globally, pork is the most popular meat. The FAO says it supplies 36% of the world's beef. Sollid says you'll get thiamin, vitamin B6, potassium, and riboflavin.

Best: pork tenderloin & roast

According to a 2016 study in Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, lean red meat can be part of a healthy diet. Beef provides protein & important elements, like other meats.

Flank, strip steak, 95% lean ground beef

Processed meats include cured meats, cold cuts, salami, & hot dogs. Consuming significant amounts of processed meats raises colon cancer risk, says science. Malkani adds these meats are heavy in salt & saturated fats.

Processed meat

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