Red Meat’s Bad Rap

Red meat gets a bad rap, but is it really fair?

Red meat can be healthy in moderation with leaner cuts and cooking methods. We'll give you the scoop on how red meat can be a great addition to your healthy diet.

Health Benefits of Red Meat

Red meat is rich in protein, B vitamins, vitamin D, iron and zinc. Fatty acids in red meat are also higher than that of poultry and pork. While it is true that red meat is typically higher in cholesterol and saturated fat, moderation and cuts of red meat play a major role in healthfulness.

Lean Cuts of Red Meat

The leanest cuts of beef are: eye of round steak, sirloin tip round steak, top round roast and steak, bottom round roast and steak, and sirloin steak, according to Mayo Clinic. The USDA regulates what are considered lean and extra lean meats. You can read more about that here.

Cooking Methods for Red Meat

Just as cuts affect the healthfulness of meat, the cooking method you choose also impacts the calorie and fat content. By a general rule of thumb, dry cooking methods (ones without the use of oils) are healthier. This includes grilling, broiling, roasting and baking. For our tips on healthy cooking methods, read our post!

Cooking Red Meat Safely

As with all cooking, red meat should be cooked to safe endpoint temperatures. Plus, cooking to the right temperature will help you to enjoy your meal most, based on preferences. For roasts and larger cuts of red meat, purchase products that come with Volk's trusted and accurate Pop Up® Disposable Cooking Thermometer. For steaks and smaller cuts, try our Cook'd Right Sensor. Ask your butcher, grocer and favorite brands to carry our products and take the guesswork out of meal preparation.