Better Meats to Eat

Better Meats to Eat

By Dr. Josh Axe, DC, DMN, CNS

Instead of “the other white meat,” let’s look at some meats that are protein-rich and known to be health-promoting. I’m talking about high-quality protein that’s not only tasty, but very nutritious.

1. Grass-Fed Beef

Grass-fed cows have higher levels of vitamins A, B, C and E, beta-carotene, and are found to be more disease-free than their companion grain-fed cows. Meat from grass-fed cattle is also higher in minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium. Grass-fed beef also has high levels of cancer-fighting CLA and other good fats like omega-3s.

2. Bison

Some consider bison meat even healthier than grass-fed beef. It’s definitely an excellent source of lean protein with less calories and fat than beef. Despite being lower in saturated fat than beef, bison meat has a rich flavor.

3. Lamb

Lamb is the meat of young sheep that are generally one year old or younger. Due to slaughtering the animal at such a young age, the marble fat content is considerably lower than older varieties of meat, which contributes to heart health and helps prevent obesity. Rich in protein, vitamin B12 and minerals, it’s arguably the healthiest red meat on the planet. Just make sure to purchase local, organic, grass-fed varieties when possible. Grain-fed animals are loaded with genetically modified corn feed, countless additives and are simply not worth the risk.

4. Wild-Caught Fish

Just like with meat, you want to avoid farm-raised fish at all costs. Farmed fish have high concentrations of antibiotics, pesticides and lower levels of healthy nutrients. On the other hand, wild-caught fish do not contain antibiotics or pesticides and are higher in vital nutrients. A great choice is wild-caught salmon, which is extremely high in heart-healthy and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids as well as selenium, niacin, vitamin B12, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin B6.



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