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Eat More Chicken, Fish & Beans, And Less Red Meat

31 Aug 2016 | By Lisa Mugera

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In general, red meat has more calories and cholesterol (that’s bad fat) than white meat. Chicken, fish and vegetable protein like beans are healthy because they have less saturated fat. In fact, fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, which may reduce the risk of cardio-vascular diseases. This is in contrast to the high cholesterol and saturated fat levels in red meat, which can raise your blood cholesterol and make heart disease worse.

Skinless Chicken:
While some find chicken skin to be the crunchiest or tastiest part of the chicken, turns out it’s actually the worst part of it. Chicken skin is full of fat, making the white part of the chicken the one with the most nutrient value. Removing the skin before eating poultry will save you on lots of bad fat and will actually help you lose more weight!

Beans as vegetable proteins:
Beans are cheap and affordable in the absence of lean meats. They are also a healthier option to protein intake as compared to meat. Black beans are suggested to be the healthiest in the beans family, in relation to green and red beans. Health experts recommend that you only consume up to 3 cups of legumes a week.

Tip for red meat lovers:
While red meat isn’t all the way hazardous, intake can be controlled by serving small portions. A portion should be about the size of a deck of cards and should be limited to at least twice a week.

Additionally, you can use healthy cooking methods such a boiling, grilling, steaming or baking the meat. Also, avoid or trim off as much fat as you can from the red meat, and pour off any remaining melted fat immediately after cooking.

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