It is often confusing on what constitutes red meat. Traditionally we think of beef but it can also include boar, duck, goose, and venison. The difference between red and white meat is often the content of myoglobin, which is a protein. A key factor in why one should limit their red meat consumption is the amount of saturated fat it contain. A lesser concern is the amount that the meat is processed. Nutritionist recommend that a person get around 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day to remain healthy. Foods like fish, chicken , and turkey are low in saturated fat while foods like beef, lamb, and sausage are higher and should be consumed as little as possible.
- Red meat isn’t just beef, it’s actually any meat that has more myoglobin in it than white meat like fish or chicken.
- The recommended amount of protein a person should eat is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight.
- It’s important to find balance. If you’re going to eat a higher fat meat, eat lean before and after to balance that unhealthy fat out.
“Two key things to think about when choosing the healthiest meat are the amount of saturated fat it contains and how processed the meat is.”