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Lean or fatty cuts of meat?

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Created June 09, 2012 at 2:02 AM

When referring to meat, most people specify that they use lean cuts. I assume this is as opposed to fatty cuts. For example with bacon, is it better to consume a short cut rasher instead of the long cut with all the fatty bits? If so, why?

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on June 11, 2012
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Thanks very much for the detailed answer, you get two votes :)

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Great answer, thanks. I've always been eating fatty meat cuts but it just occured to me the other day while I was reading something on Sisson's site that he always refers to meat as 'lean cut'. I do supplement with O3 fish oil every day cos I know I probably over do the O6. As for baconergy, what do you mean by the bacon grease? The fatty oil left in the frypan? I use lard to cool most things so I generally drizzle it over my food.

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on June 09, 2012
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Thanks jen ! :D

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on June 09, 2012
at 05:38 AM

I'm voting you up!

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I got voted down for that? lol...I suppose I didnt specify that one should avoid eating omega-6 high fats, like from grain fed animals. I always forget as all beef is grass fed in my country, only really battery farm chickens are any major issue re omega 6 content...but I stand by my point that if one wants to eat macro-nutrient ratios like a hunter gatherer, eating lean cuts is not the way to go. Youll end up with most of you macros being protein, and protein is not a total energy source, unlike fat or carbs - protein is for building stuff, healing, aminos and other aspects...

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on June 09, 2012
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Baconergy. I love it!

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:45 AM

And you use every last bit of that bacon grease, 'cause that's baconergy you'd be passing up, and you can never get enough of it.

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:10 AM

General rule of thumb: if grass-fed, go for fatty cuts. If non-grass-fed, go for leaner cuts. Why? Grass-fed has a better omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. We want to keep o6 as low as possible because it's much more inflammatory than o3.

Or you can do what I do and say f*ck it and always eat fatty cuts (because grass-fed is not always affordable) and supplement with fish oil.

And for bacon, you always eat the whole damn piece.

5af4bc9d2c390b0bcad9524f149c1b4f

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:56 AM

Baconergy. I love it!

Bf2291448a06d573f0fdc87cd514e512

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:45 AM

And you use every last bit of that bacon grease, 'cause that's baconergy you'd be passing up, and you can never get enough of it.

81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

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on June 11, 2012
at 12:48 AM

Great answer, thanks. I've always been eating fatty meat cuts but it just occured to me the other day while I was reading something on Sisson's site that he always refers to meat as 'lean cut'. I do supplement with O3 fish oil every day cos I know I probably over do the O6. As for baconergy, what do you mean by the bacon grease? The fatty oil left in the frypan? I use lard to cool most things so I generally drizzle it over my food.

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:14 AM

Id go for the fatty cuts every time. Lean cuts are too high in protein, protein is not a total energy source like fat is. Protein is useful, but theres little point in eating a diet thats primarily protein, and its nothing like a paleo diet which has 45-55% of caloric intake as fat.

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on June 09, 2012
at 05:38 AM

I'm voting you up!

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on June 09, 2012
at 07:23 AM

Thanks jen ! :D

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on June 09, 2012
at 04:01 AM

I got voted down for that? lol...I suppose I didnt specify that one should avoid eating omega-6 high fats, like from grain fed animals. I always forget as all beef is grass fed in my country, only really battery farm chickens are any major issue re omega 6 content...but I stand by my point that if one wants to eat macro-nutrient ratios like a hunter gatherer, eating lean cuts is not the way to go. Youll end up with most of you macros being protein, and protein is not a total energy source, unlike fat or carbs - protein is for building stuff, healing, aminos and other aspects...

81348acb7b886e2b32ca915d250268f3

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on June 11, 2012
at 12:50 AM

Thanks very much for the detailed answer, you get two votes :)

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:12 AM

There's no consensus here on eating lean vs. fatty cuts of meat. What many people will say is that if you're going to eat CAFO (factory-farmed) or grain-fed meat then you're better off with the lean cuts. But even then, people who eat CAFO or grain-fed meat may still fry it in butter or coconut oil. And then there are the people who are wanting to eat less fat, perhaps because they're trying to lean out. They may eat the leaner cuts of meat.

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:14 AM

I like both, depends on how you plan on cooking it.

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