It’s no secret that a meat heavy diet isn’t great for your heart. “Animal foods are high in saturated fatty acids (SFAs) and low in unsaturated fatty acids, particularly polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs),” says Alice Lichtenstein of Tufts University. “Diets with higher PUFAs have been strongly and consistently associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease relative to diets higher in SFAs.”
A large study found that replacing a daily serving of red meat with fish, poultry, nuts, beans, low-fat dairy, or whole grans may result in a 7 to 19 percent lower risk of premature death. But some meat is okay. Follow these tips:
Choose better meats: The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 ounces of meat, poultry, or fish a day. For meat, opt for leaner cuts of beef and pork, such as London broil, sirloin, loin, or tenderloin.
Skip processed meats: Deli meats, bacon, hot dogs, and sausage appear to be the worst culprits when it comes to raising heart-disease risk.
Mix in some plant protein: Try replacing half of the meat in a recipe (such as tacos or meatloaf) with beans or lentils.
Source: Consumer Reports on Health May 2018
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