There are sound nutritional reasons to include meat in your diet; healthy meat is a terrific source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. But beware: Some meats are heavy in unhealthy saturated fat and cholesterol. By choosing the leaner cuts and cooking meat in healthful ways, you can make the most of your meat dishes.Foods in the meat group go beyond red meats like beef and lamb they also include poultry, pork, fish, and shellfish. While their flavors vary widely, each of these types of meat provides nutrients the body needs Protein: Protein is the basis of bones, muscles, and other body structures and is essential to many of the body’s systems.
Vitamins These include the antioxidant vitamin E, as well as important B vitamins, notably niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, and B6 which are involved in many body functions such as regulating the nervous system and making red blood cells.Minerals: The main minerals found in meat are iron needed for blood health; zinc, for a healthy immune system; and magnesium, used in the bone-building process.Some meat choices or cuts also include saturated fat and cholesterol, both of which raise levels of the unhealthy LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol in your blood. Saturated fat and cholesterol are more prevalent in organ meat, ground meat including fresh sausage, bacon, some luncheon meats, and in fatty cuts of all meats.
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