A healthy and balanced diet is made up of several foods, from fresh produce to whole grains and -- for many people -- meat.
All meat serves as a source of protein, providing building blocks called amino acids that your cells need to function properly. Many meats also contain a range of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B-12, a nutrient your body requires to generate healthy red blood cells. Both high-fat and lean red meats provide a source of an easily-utilized form of iron, which your body needs to efficiently carry oxygen through your bloodstream.
While all meat provides your body with essential nutrients, different types of meat have differing effects on your health. Studies suggest that high intake of saturated fat is associated with high blood pressure, stroke and other types of cardiovascular disease. Eating high-fat meats might also increase your risk for some types of cancer.
Take it to the Next Level
Learn exactly which cuts are leanest. The Mayo Clinic has a great visual aid for beef! Or better yet, use the chart below to learn which foods can be substituted as proteins...your pocketbook will thank you, too!