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Myth: RED MEAT IS TOO HIGH IN FAT AND I SHOULD NOT EAT IT

Posted May 30 2012 2:28am

A quick Google search on the word “nutrition”turns up almost 450,000,000 results. With so much information out in the world, it is no wonder why people (especially those with eating disorders) are confused and anxious about what they eat. This section is where I’ll begin to debunk the most common nutrition myths and misconceptions as they relate to your eating disorder. Read below and start challenging your eating disorder thinking. Every time that you challenge the “junk” that your eating disorder has led you to believe, you will be one step closer towards eating disorder recovery.

 

 

Myth # 13: Eating red meat is too high in fat and I therefore should not eat it.

 

 

Despite what you may have heard, red meat is OK to consume! Remember, there are no good and bad foods and that all foods can be healthfully eaten in moderation.

 

 

There are actually several lean (low fat) cuts of red meat readily available. Lean cuts of red meat typically contain the word “loin” or “round.” There is also ground beef that is 90% lean or higher.

 

 

Even if you or your family uses a cut of red meat that isn’t quite as lean as those stated above, it doesn’t mean that you can’t fit this into a normal food and calorie intake.

 

 

If you find yourself at a restaurant and worried about eating red meat for fear that it will contribute too many calories or grams of fat to your nutritional intake, remember that many restaurants give you far more than one serving of meat in an entree (a serving of meat is about 3 ounces and typically looks like the size of the palm of your hand). Learn how much protein you need during the day for your individual needs (by speaking with a registered dietitian) and focus on eating that amount. If you only need to eat half a hamburger or steak to meet your protein needs, then only eat half of it. Nobody said you need to eat everything on your plate when you are out!

 

 

Beef is nutrient rich food and offers several health benefits including an excellent source (20% or more of the Daily Value per serving) of protein, phosphorus, selenium, vitamin B12, and zinc. Beef also offers a good source (10-19% of the Daily Value per serving) of iron, niacin, vitamin B6, and riboflavin.

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