Low Carb Meats
Fortunately, low carb meats are not very difficult to come by! Most meats are not only low carb, they are actually no carb. However, low carbs meats can vary in their nutritional value. Therefore, this post will concentrate on some of the benefits provided by the different low carb meats. You can also view our complete starter list of low carb diet food suggestions. There, you will also find a list of low carb seafoods.
Beef is a popular red meat that comes from various parts of a cow. Red meats are high in iron. It can therefore help with the production of red blood cells and prevent anemia. As a high protein, low carb meat, it can also help build and grow muscle.
Since we become what we eat, in theory, grass-fed cows can provide more nutritional health benefits. However, beef is high in unhealthy fats that can lead to cardiovascular problems. Therefore, beef should be consumed in moderation.
I am not a big beef eater. However, I prefer and suggest that you consume this and other low carb meats with a generous serving of healthy low carb vegetables.
When possible, purchase the lean cuts of beef. One of my favorite ways to enjoy lean ground beef is on a burger! This is an indulgent must-try Bunless Low Carb Burger Recipe – you will not even miss the bun!
On the other hand, turkey is a low carb, low fat meat. Therefore, this is one of the tasty low carb meats that can be consumed more regularly. The skinless white turkey meats have the least amount of fat.
According to the Australasia Turkey Federation, turkey is a rich source of folic acids that helps prevent birth defects. The vitamins and minerals, zinc and potassium, can help keep blood cholesterol levels down and reduce the risk of heart disease.
In addition, turkey is an excellent source of tryptophan, an amino acid that is used to make serotonin. Therefore, it helps improve mood and is beneficial for someone with insomnia.
Lamb is considered to be a high-quality red meat because it is richer in iron than poultry and seafood. Healthline reports that it is also a rich source of vitamins and minerals including B12, zinc, and iron. As a meat, lamb is also one of the high protein, low carb meats recommended for a low carb diet.
As mentioned earlier, we become what we eat. Well, the same is true for animals. Therefore, the amount of fat found in lamb meat will depend somewhat on the health and diet of the animal. In addition, the fat content of lamb meat will also depend on how the meat is trimmed and prepared.
Chicken is one of my favorite low carb meats. According to Organic Facts, it is one of the most popular meats used for weight loss because chicken breast is comparatively lower in fat than other meats. Therefore it can be recommended for a low carb, low fat diet. As a meat, it also contains essential vitamins and minerals.
It is sold in a variety of ways depending on how the chicken has been raised. For example, a free-range chicken is a chicken that is allowed to roam freely for emotional well-being. While organic chicken is a chicken that is fed an organic diet.
Chicken can be prepared and cooked in a variety of ways. Hopefully, I will be able to share some of my recipes with you on the blog.
Pork meat is one of my least favorite low carb meats. However, the smoked and cured ham, bacon and sausage meats have really nice flavors that I enjoy occasionally. They are low carb, high protein meats. With that being said, it too contains the vitamins and minerals that most meats contain including thiamin, selenium, zinc, phosphorus, iron and vitamins B12, B6 and B3 (niacin).
One of my favorite ways to enjoy pork is as a low carb chip! My favorite are these microwaveable pork rinds!
I have enjoyed duck only a couple of times (that I am aware of). I had it once at a Chinese Wedding Reception and once at a Chinese Restaurant. Both times, I found it to be very tasty, however, it was also surprisingly full of fat. With a little research, The Poultry Guide confirmed my observation with the statement “Duck meat is rich in fat, calories and cholesterol and it is therefore better consumed in moderation as a luxury food.” Nevertheless, as a rich source of protein, it too is a low carb meat that can be enjoyed on any low carb diet plan.