In Response to Size of meat consumption in a day:
AS stated earlier my wife is a type 2 diabetic with 3 stents in her heart due to blockages. I was told she should only consume 6 oz of meat a day, it that accurate? I realize red meats are bad and pork without fat is ok, but isn't chicken (we eat boneless skinless breasts), turkey, and fish very good? I am surprized she should only have 6 oz of those as well.
Posted by habakkukjc
For the average adult woman, the daily recommendation for protein foods is about 5 ounces. Most Americans eat enough protein foods to meet this recommendation. Keep in mind a 3 ounce serving of meat is the size of a deck of cards, a serving of fish is the size of a checkbook.
Aim for leaner protein options such as the following:
· Seafood & Fish
· Skinless poultry
· Lean pork chop or pork loin
· Leaner cuts of beef (choose cuts of beef with the word "round" or "loin" in the name) or lean ground beef (90% or higher)
· Beans, Nuts and Legumes
Here are additional tips to preparing healthier protein options:
· Trim away any visible fat.
· When preparing, aim for baking, grilling, broiling, roasting, boiling or poaching methods of cooking.
· Skip or limit the breading on meat, poultry and fish.
· Prepare without high fat sauces and gravies.
With type 2 diabetes, these protein foods do not contain a significant amount of carbohydrate to raise your blood sugars (with the exception of beans and legumes). However, most protein foods may contain saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol which can be a concern in heart health. That is why it’s important to maintain an appropriate portion size and choose the leanest options.
Feel free to ask any additional questions. As always, following up with your local Hy-Vee dietitian is recommended to receive more personalized nutrition guidance.
The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.