Lean meat is lower in saturated fats than other meats, which is beneficial for heart health. Meats are a rich source of iron, magnesium, zinc and B vitamins. These nutrients help form new red blood cells, build strong bones and support immune health.
Lean meats are a complete protein, providing all essential amino acids. Protein is the macronutrient highest in satiety, meaning high protein foods keep you feeling full the longest after eating.
It is good to have variety in any food group, including proteins. Diversify your protein selections with lean red meats, white meat, eggs, seafood and vegetarian sources of protein like beans, nuts and soy.
Lean meats have less than 10 gm of fat per 3.5 ounce serving. You can get lean meats from any type of animal, as certain cuts of meat like loins are leaner cuts of meat than others. Processed red meats are not usually considered lean, but white meats are almost always considered lean without the skin.
Grass fed or wild animals are leaner choices than commercially fed animals from feed lots. To make any meat leaner, cut away excess fat before cooking and cook the meat so the fat drips away from the meat. Examples include grilling, broiling or roasting.