Prime cuts of meat that have fat marbling throughout are considered by many to be the tastiest. However, you can get most of the flavor with less fat by choosing choice or select grades of meat. All meat contains saturated fat and cholesterol. But some types are leaner than others. The following are healthier substitutes for fatty meats, such as prime cuts or standard ground beef:
- fish and shellfish
- skinless chicken, Cornish game hen, or turkey
- lean or extra-lean ground beef, with no more than 15% calories from fat
- lean ham, pork tenderloin, loin pork chop
- leg of lamb, arm of lamb, lamb loin
- wild game, such as rabbit or venison
For the healthiest choice, pick cuts with the smallest amount of visible fat. Avoid high-fat, processed meats, such as bologna, hot dogs, salami and bacon.
Even when you make healthy meat choices, you should still eat meat only in moderation. Eat no more than 6 ounces of meat per day. Three ounces of meat is about the size of a deck of cards or a standard personal checkbook.