Contrary to what a lot of people think, eating red meat doesn’t mean that you’re destined for a life of diabetes and heart disease. Red meat certainly isn’t a health food by any means—as it can contain high levels of saturated fat. Keep these things in mind if you eat meat:

Opt for organic, grass-fed or free-range meat, and a lean cut—4 grams of saturated fat or less. Stay away from processed high-sodium versions like hot dogs, salami and bologna. Keep in mind what one portion is: the size of a deck of cards!

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