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The Meat You Eat: What's Good for You?

Beef

It gets a bad rap. While it can be unhealthy to eat too much fatty red meat, lean red meat doesn't raise your cholesterol and contains nutrients like protein, vitamin B12, iron, niacin, and zinc. Beef tenderloin is a lean, delicious -- and healthy -- way to go.

Lamb

Like beef, lamb is a good source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, niacin, zinc, and iron. Irish lamb stew, full of healthy vegetables and lean cuts of lamb, is a great meal to share with friends.

Bison

This is one of the leanest red meats, which makes it healthier from the start. But there's more: Compared to beef with the same fat content, bison doesn't make as many of the fatty plaques that can clog your arteries and lead to heart disease.

Goat

This isn't on many menus in the U.S., but three-quarters of the world eats it. It has far less fat and calories than other red meats, and has plenty of vitamins and nutrients. It also has very little saturated fat -- even less than chicken. An Indian goat curry might be a good way to get familiar with it.

Chicken

It's far lower in saturated fat -- the most harmful kind -- than most red meat. A 3-ounce serving has 25.9 grams of protein along with essential amino acids, iron, and niacin. These help with cell growth and metabolism. Roast a whole bird and serve it with a simple green salad

Turkey

Like chicken, turkey has all nine essential amino acids (which is called a complete protein). It's also lower in saturated fat than most red meat. But Thanksgiving hosts learn every year how hard it can be to prepare this poultry well. Try putting it in an outdoor smoker for several hours until the meat is tender.

Liver

Liver, particularly beef liver, is one of the most nutritious meats you can eat. It's a great sourLC. All rights reserved.

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