Beef

Healthy Meat?

Meat has been a part of our diet for centuries but in recent years dieticians have been looking into the nutritional content of different meats and which are good and which we should avoid.

Beef

Beef contains 136 calories and 5.1g of fat per 100g. Organic cuts are a healthier choice as the cattle would have been fed on grass rather than grain, therefore the meat will contain more omega 3 which is healthy for the heart.

Pork

Pork contains 123 calories and 4g of fat per 100g. Again organic cuts of meat are healthier as pork is intensely reared and more likely to contain harmful chemicals.

Lamb

Leg of Lamb

Lamb contains 156 calories and 8.3g of fat per 100g. Although lamb is a very fatty meat it is the least intensely reared meat so it is a healthy treat!

Ham

Packaged ham contains a lot of added water sometimes up to 37%!! It also contains a high amount of salt and flavourings so only eat in moderation.

Venison

Venison contains 120 calories and 2.4g of fat per 100g. The healthiest red meat as it is mostly wild or non intensely farmed.

Bacon

Bacon contains 215 calories and 16.5g of fat per 100g. Similar to ham, bacon contains high levels of salt and preservatives and is also a subject of cancer scares – only indulge occasionally!

Chicken

Chicken

Chicken contains 116 calories and 3.2g of fat (minus the skin) per 100g. Best to pick organic chicken as it is the most intensely farmed meat. Full of nutrients such as iron, zinc and vitamin B12.

Turkey

Turkey contains 119 calories and 1g of fat per 100g. One of the leanest meats, a good source of protein and brain boosting nutrients – a very healthy meat!

Duck

Duck contains 11.2g of fat per 100g. A very fatty meat although it does contain a good amount of zinc and B vitamins.

19/10/2009