Role of Convenient Meats in Healthy Diets

May 16, 2017

All foods can fit into a balanced diet, and while there really are no good or bad foods, there are good and bad diets. In order to know the difference it’s important to be an educated consumer and build diets with foods from all food groups, be mindful of appropriate portion sizes, and be physically active to help balance calories in and calories out.

Convenient meats have a place in healthy eating. They provide convenience with specific nutrition benefits – such as delivering high quality protein. They come in different varieties to give consumers options to meet their health and wellness needs (e.g., lean, natural, reduced sodium, fat-free, gluten-free, etc.). They taste great and they can fit into healthy dietary patterns that meet Dietary Guidelines food group recommendations. Furthermore, about 95% of Americans choose to include meat as part of their diet, and lean meats are included in many diets that have been shown to promote health, such as the American Heart Association’s Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes diet, the DASH diet and the Mediterranean diet. Convenient meats come in a wide variety of options and these foods can be found in many different places – in the refrigerator, the freezer, deli counter and even in convenient stores. These products were created to meet the needs of consumers: they offer convenience, they provide specific nutrition benefits and they taste great. The bottom line: convenient meats CAN play a role and fit into healthy, active lifestyles.

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