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Choosing the healthiest meat option

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Having a healthy diet is an important part in creating beautiful skin

The types of meat that we choose to eat depend on many factors. Personal choice, religion, taste, health and availability. We also read so much in the press about what is good for us and what is not which leaves many people feeling confused about the best choice to make. The one thing that we all know is that a healthy diet is important for a healthy body and beautiful skin. Here is a guide to help you make the best choice for you and your family:

Why red meat?

While red meats (beef, pork and lamb) have more cholesterol and saturated fat than chicken, fish and vegetable proteins such as beans, it is naturally rich in nutrients like thiamine and riboflavin which support skin health and stimulate the release of energy from dietary carbohydrates. Niacin is also important in energy release and supports digestive health. Vitamin B6 is vital for normal immune function and helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Vitamin B12 is a building block for red blood cells and the DNA inside our cells.

Much of the concern around red meat lies in the fact that cholesterol and saturated fat can raise your blood cholesterol which contributes to heart disease. By choosing leaner cuts of red meat, using low fat cooking techniques will help to reduce fat intake.

Why white meat?

Chicken and fish have less saturated fat than most red meats. Opting for skinless white-chicken and combining it with low fat cooking methods offers a good low-fat protein option. The unsaturated fats in fish, such as salmon, actually have health benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish and some plant sources have been shown to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

What research shows?

According to international research, lean red meat offers many health benefits and is a great source of high quality protein. It also contains important essential micronutrients including, iron, zinc, selenium, potassium and a range of B-vitamins including niacin, riboflavin, thiamine and vitamins B6 and B12. Meat can also make a useful contribution to intakes of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids for those who consume little or no oily fish. [1]

It’s all about balance

A balanced diet is very important for a healthy body and healthy skin. Choosing to eat things in moderation will help you to achieve your dietary goals without compromising your health and well being. Where possible, it’s also important to choose meat options that are free-range or organic – this will help to limit exposure to potentially harmful hormones.

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[1] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0309174014001922

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