A question that I get asked all the time is which meat is the healthiest? This may seem like a simple question, but it is far from. Pork, beef and chicken all have different nutrients, in differing amounts, all of which are important components of our diets.
I find that in the end, the answer to this question does not come down to which meat is the healthiest, but rather which cuts are the healthiest. All three of these meats contain cuts that have varying levels of fat in them, so it comes down to making smart decisions about what you are eating.
The take away message is that the healthiest cut for pork is tenderloin, for chicken it is the boneless, skinless chicken breast and for beef it is strip loin.
Remember that one of the most important factors in following a healthy diet is variety. Each of these cuts offers different nutrients that are important for growth, weight management and healthy muscles. “Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide” recommends 1 to 3 servings of Meat and Alternatives, like pork, everyday. Try these simple lower-fat ideas when cooking up your meat:
- Trim away any visible fat
- Use low-fat cooking methods such as broiling, roasting, stir frying or grilling
- Limit added fats like oils, dressings, mayonnaise, gravy and cream sauces
- Choose serving sizes recommended in Canada’s Food Guide. One serving of meat is 75 grams or 2 ½ oz – about the size of a deck of cards
- Choose lean or extra lean Canadian ground pork or rinse regular ground pork with water after cooking