What are healthy ways to include meat in my diet?

Dr. Mark Hyman, MD
Family Medicine
The healthiest way to include meat in your diet is to consider it a condiment or a side dish, rather than a main course. In this video, I will explain why smaller portions and sustainably raised options are best. 
Natalie Castro-Romero, MS, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Meat can be part of a healthy diet. The leanest beef cuts usually include sirloin, chuck, loin and round. Select lean or extra-lean ground meats. Lean pork cuts include tenderloin or loin chops. The leanest lamb cuts come from the leg, arm, and loin.

Remove skin from poultry before eating. Choose white meat most often when eating poultry. Duck and goose are higher in fat than chicken and turkey.

Remove all visible fat from meat and poultry before cooking, and prepare the meat without added saturated and trans fat. Grill, bake or broil meats and poultry.

Organ meats, such as liver, sweetbread, kidneys and brains, are very high in cholesterol. Cut back on processed meats that are high in saturated fat and sodium.
Heidi Skolnik, MS
Sports Medicine

There are many healthy ways to include red meat in your diet; it can certainly be enjoyed in moderation. In this video, nutritionist Heidi Skolnik discusses the importance of cut and portion control when choosing to incorporate meat into your diet.

Keri Gans
Nutrition & Dietetics
Here are some healthy tips for eating meat:
  1. Limit your intake of red meat to two servings per week.
  2. Eat fish a minimum of twice a week.
  3. Remove the skin from chicken and turkey, whether eating out or dining in.
  4. Never fry meat or poultry (or order it fried), and trim visible fat before cooking.
  5. Aim for one completely meatless meal per week.
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