I have a news flash, fat tastes good and helps meats stay moist when cooking! The bad news, obviously, is that fat is not very good for you, especially saturated fat. Saturated fat is the most damaging kind of fat and is found in fatty red meats. If you are concerned about your fat intake, look for meats with the word “loin”. Some delicious and more healthy examples of lean meats are pork tenderloin, pork loin roast and beef tenderloin. Meats with “round” in the name tend to be leaner as well.
You may be asking, don’t lean meats tend to dry out? The answer is yes, but you can take precautions by using methods such as brining or marinating your meats before cooking. Using high heat to sear and cook thinner cuts of meat quickly is another way to keep the meat from drying out. Use high heat when grilling steaks, for example.
Here’s a good article with more details on lean versus fatty meats. Too much charring is supposed to cause cancer as well. I know it’s bad for you, but I won’t ever be caught using lean ground beef when I am grilling hamburgers. You have to draw the line somewhere…
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