Healthy or Harmful? The Verdict on Red Meat

iVillage nutrition expert Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD., weighs in on beef's pros and cons, and how to get the most from your cut (10 Photos)

Madelyn Fernstrom on Dec 24, 2011 at 4:01PM

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Healthy or Harmful?  The Verdict on Red Meat

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Can Red Meat Raise Your Cholesterol?

While all red meat contains some saturated fat, a substance that can boost LDL (bad) cholesterol over time, choosing lean cuts can help keep your cholesterol levels in check. One way to tell you’ve selected smartly: Look for terms like “ultra-lean”, “round” or “sirloin.” Flank steak, top round, and sirloin tips are also all figure-friendly picks. Need to buy ground beef? Look for products that sport the label “90 percent lean.” You should also steer clear of meats with visible fat and marbling, as well as processed picks like salami and sausage, since they all contain hefty amounts of artery-clogging, saturated fat.

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