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5 Types Of Meat That Are Important To The Body System

1. Pork

Pork is one of the most popular forms of meat in the world.

Despite some confusion on the issue, pork is classed as red meat. This is because it contains a large amount of myoglobin, a protein responsible for the red color of meat.

Nutrition facts

Based on data provided by the USDA FoodCentral Database, here is the typical nutritional profile for ground pork meat per 100g

Concerns

Pork is more susceptible to bacterial contamination and food-borne illnesses than other meat; ensuring pork is thoroughly cooked is essential

2. Beef

Picture of Beef - Common Types of Meat

When most people think of red meat, they probably imagine beef.

There are many different beef products and cuts of beef, ranging from hamburgers to ribeye steaks.

Nutrition Facts

Here are the nutrient values for ground beef per 100 grams

Calories 254 kcal

Carbohydrate 0 g

Protein 17.2 g

Fat 20 g

Concerns

Overcooking beef (burning) can lead to the formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heterocyclic amines (HCAs). Both of these compounds are carcinogens, but we can minimize their risks by sensibly cooking meat


3. Lamb and Mutton

Picture of Lamb Chops Ready For Cooking.

Both lamb and mutton are very similar types of meat, with one fundamental difference;


Lamb is from a sheep less than one-year-old

Mutton is the meat of an adult sheep

Just like beef and pork, there are a variety of popular lamb cuts — perhaps lamb chops are the most popular.

Nutrition Facts

Per 100g, the nutritional profile of ground lamb meat looks something like this

Calories 282 kcal

Carbohydrate 0 g

Protein 16.6 g

Fat 23.4 g

Concerns

Lamb is very expensive in comparison to other kinds of meat.

4. Chicken

Picture of Chicken.

Alongside beef and pork, chicken is one of the ‘big three’ popularity-wise.

However, chicken is a different classification of meat and comes under the poultry category.

People commonly refer to poultry as ‘white meat

As one of the most popular foods in the world, there are all sorts of chicken-based foods. These range from fried and roasted chicken to chicken soup and even chicken popcorn.

Nutrition Facts

Ground chicken meat provides the following nutrients per 100g

Calories 143 kcal

Carbohydrate 0 g

Protein 17.4 g

Fat 8.1 g

Concerns

Unfortunately, bacterial contamination with strains such as E. coli and salmonella isn’t rare with chicken. As a result, strict hygiene procedures are necessary when handling raw meat


5. Turkey

Picture of Roast Turkey - a Christmas Favorite.

Turkey is another type of white meat, probably best known for its appearance at the Christmas table.

It has both a deeper yet drier taste than chicken and is a less prevalent form of poultry.

As mentioned above, the most popular kind is probably roast turkey, but you can find a variety of processed and unprocessed turkey products.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 149 kcal

Carbohydrate 0 g

Protein 17.5 g

Fat 8.3 g

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Beef Pork USDA FoodCentral Database

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