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Beef Mince Equivalents

Posted Sep 01 2013 10:00am

It's interesting to see that at my local supermarket, beef mince is now 'graded' into 3 star with 17% fat, 4 star with 10% fat, and 5 star mince containing 5% fat. Like most of us, I'm on a budget, and I know that beef mince is one of the most cost-effective sources of protein. But I wondered what the equivalent the fat content of this mince would be with regular cuts of beef. So I consulted the nutrition software, and this is what emerged:

The grading system at the supermarket:

3 star mince 17% fat

4 star mince 10% fat

5 star mince 5% fat

Here's the fat content of individual cuts of beef, as a comparison:

Rump steak 5% fat

Topside roast 4% fat

Chuck steak 8% fat

T-bone steak 6% fat

Eye fillet 7%

So, it seems that if you want to purchase higher quality beef for your budget, with a lower fat content, it's worthwhile paying a little extra for the 5 star mince. Keep in mind also that unless it's specifically labelled, supermarket mince is likely to come from grain-fed beef, which have a less favourable fatty acid profile than grass-fed beef. It's worthwhile to locate a supplier of grass-fed beef in your area. Take a look at this article about the difference between grain-fed and grass-fed beef to learn more.

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