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The 15 Healthiest (and Unhealthiest) Meats You Can Eat

Muscle-building protein might be abundant in certain plant-based foods, yet we typically look to meat to get our fill. There isn’t necessarily anything wrong with that, until you start to look at how vastly different the nutritional makeup is for different types. After all, a super fatty cut of steak isn’t exactly going to keep you as trim as a boneless, skinless piece of poultry.

If you’re scratching your head about which choices you should be making, we have you covered. Here are a few healthy meats you should definitely toss into your grocery cart, plus several less-than-wholesome options you’ll probably want to skip.

1. Healthy: Grass-fed beef

Fillet of beef

Fillet of beef Grass-fed beef is pretty lean. | iStock.com

Beef has been praised as both a healthy and harmful food choice. Confusing, right? However, grass-fed beef, which comes from cattle raised without the use of grain, really can be good for you. Cooking Light says choosing grass-fed beef over grain-fed varieties can save you around 16,000 calories a year if you eat the typical amount. Obviously, that can really help out your waistline. Grass-fed beef also has less fat and, according to Mayo Clinic, it even contains a decent amount of omega-3s.

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