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Minimal Fat in Ground Beef Equals Increased Weight Loss
The fat content of ground beef is significant when attempting to lose weight. The more fatty acids in the food or beverage - equals more energy amounts within the food.
This doesn't mean that fatty meats automatically trigger excess pounds.
Even if an individual consumes ground beef which is half fat and half lean and which holds significant calories, they will only gain pounds if their total daily energy values exceed the amount used by the body.
The excess energy becomes stored in the body's fat cells for future energy needs.
Fatty Animal Proteins Contribute to State of Health Over Time
However, animal proteins - specifically red meats have been shown in numerous health studies to contribute to heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, circulatory disease and other health ills when consumed over time. They also contribute to ageing.
These are excellent reasons why they should be limited - or even replaced with healthier vegetable proteins. Rather than a serving of fatty red meat, a serving of pinto beans along with whole grain cornbread makes a much healthier choice.
What do the beans have that is missing in the meat? Dietary fiber which assist the gut in ridding harmful toxins from the body.
What does the meat have that is missing in the beans? Lots of unhealthy fat, including saturated and Trans fat.
Even where animal proteins are involved, they can be made healthier. Rather than enjoying 6 ounces of red meat, limit the serving size to 2-3 ounces. Rather than battering and frying the meat, use healthier cooking methods such as pan or oven roasting or grilling.
The average American overweight male consumes more than five times the animal proteins than his grandfather.
Fat Grams in Ground Beef
Let's look at the following ground beef examples to see how lean and fat can either work for and against weight loss. We are basing the data on raw meat.
Fat Grams in Cooked Ground Beef
Calories in Raw Ground Beef
Calories in Cooked Ground Beef
Did you see that? Using 95% lean ground beef in your next hamburger can slash calories and fatty acids significantly.
How to Reduce Calories in Fast Food Menu Selections Containing Ground Beef
Fast food hamburgers, tacos and other menu selections which are prepared with ground beef could be decreased substantially in calorie values and harmful lipids if fat ground beef were used in these menu items.
Even the leanest grind of ground beef is exceptionally rich in lipids. A grind which is 95% lean have the following fat distribution.
Based on 4 Ounces of Raw 95% Lean & 5% Fat Ground Beef
Cholesterol: 70 milligrams
Let's compare these values to a fatty grind:
Based on 4 Ounces of Raw 70% Lean & 30% Fat Ground Beef
Cholesterol: 88 milligrams
Ground Beef is Rich in Protein Grams
Four ounces of raw ground beef produces a serving size of about three ounces when cooked. In its raw state it contains about 25 grams of protein. It also holds about 20 µg's of selenium, 2.53 µg's of Vitamin B-12, over 6 milligrams of niacin and hints of Vitamin E.
Zinc Values, Little Variance Between Fat Percentages
Ground beef is a good source for zinc benefits. If we take note of our data chart below we can readily see that the percentage of fat contained in ground beef has very minimal impact on the zinc content. This vital element is located within the meat itself rather than in the fatty substances. Three ounces of raw 95% lean contains 4.33 milligrams of zinc - so the mineral values are impacted in a very minimal way.