Should I avoid eating red meat?

Ximena Jimenez
Nutrition & Dietetics

For a well balanced diet, we must consume variety of foods in moderation.

  • limit your red meat intake to 4 to 6 oz per meal
  • include in your diet: fish, poultry, legumes and tree nuts
Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine
Yes, you should avoid red meat. If you choose to eat red meat:
  • Limit your intake to no more than three or four ounces daily -- about the size of a deck of playing cards. And choose the leanest cuts available, keeping in mind that the USDA allows the meat and dairy industry to label fat content by weight instead of by percentage of calories.
  • Avoid consuming well-done, charbroiled, and fat-laden meats.
  • Don't eat cured meats, including bacon and hot dogs, especially if you are pregnant or a child under the age of 12.
  • Consider buying free-range meats or wild game.
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