You’ve probably heard about a recent report, released by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which classified red meat as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” We already knew that it’s definitely not great for us in excess—particularly the processed stuff.
But, it’s not all bad. Lean beef, in moderation, can be part of a healthy guy’s diet.
In fact, though the recent news around red meat focuses on the negatives, there are some perks to eating lean beef. For one, it’s packed with iron. That’s good news since, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the world.
It also contains plenty of muscle-building protein. The Dietary Guidelines recommend lean meat—defined as less than 10% fat by weight, or less than 10 grams of fat per 100 grams—as a solid protein choice. Cuts of lean meat include bottom steak round, eye of round steak, flank steak, petite tender roast, sirloin tip center steak, strip steak bone-in, top sirloin steak, and tri-tip steak. Besides being lean, the portions should be about 3-4 ounces per person.
These 10 delicious recipes show you how you can make lean beef part of a healthy diet.