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					                   Meat & Bean Group
Why lean? Lean meats & poultry are lower in saturated fats, which
raise “bad” cholesterol (LDL), increasing one’s risk for heart disease.

Higher amounts of saturated fats are found in: fatty cuts of beef, pork
& lamb, regular ground beef, regular sausages, hot dogs, bacon, some
luncheon meats & poultry, such as duck.


Key nutrients:
   •   B vitamins
   •   Iron
   •   Magnesium
   •   Protein
   •   Vitamin E
   •   Zinc

Cholesterol Check:
Some foods in this group are high in cholesterol, which can raise LDL cholesterol. These foods
are: egg yolks & organ meats, like liver.


           Foods in the Meat & Bean group:
               •   Dry beans & peas
               •   Fish
               •   Meat
               •   Nuts & seeds
               •   Poultry
               •   Soy beans (tofu, eggs, hummus, soy or bean burger patties)
               •   Eggs


Consider these tips:
   •   Keep choices lean by trimming away all visible fat from meat & poultry and also, remove
                    chicken skin before cooking.
                • Broil, grill, roast, poach or boil foods instead of frying & drain off any fat
                    that may appear.
                • Skip or reduce the amount of breading on meats, poultry or fish because it
       adds fat & calories.
     •    Skip or reduce the amount of high-fat sauces or gravies added to meat.
     •    Prepare beans & peas without adding extra fat.
     •    Read the nutrition label on packaged foods for amounts of saturated
          fat, trans-fat, cholesterol & sodium.
     •    Pick a variety of proteins. Try having fish for lunch or dinner more
          often, especially fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon,
          trout & herring.
     •    Use dry beans or peas as a main dish or side dish with meals.
     •
     •    Eat nuts as a snack or to replace meat or poultry on salads or main dishes.


                                                          Measuring Up:
                               Amounts are now measured in ounce equivalents
                              • 1 oz of meat, poultry or fish
                              • ¼ cup cooked dry beans
                              • 1 Egg
                              • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
                              • ½ oz of nuts or seeds
                      Are all considered 1 oz. equivalent from the meat & beans group


                                              MyPyramid & Food Choices


                  Sausages, Peanut Butter, Fried
                 Fish & Poultry, Barbecue Beans,
                 Bacon, Poultry with skin, Regular                                               Foods with added fat & sugar are
                          Ground Beef                                                            at the top of the color band.

                                                                                                 Nutrient-dense foods (lots of
                   Lean Meat, Fish, Poultry, Eggs,                                               nutrients) are at the bottom of the
                               Tofu                                                              color band.



For additional information on meat & beans, visit www.mypyramid.gov.

Adapted from University of Missouri Extension

                      University of Arkansas, United States Department of Agriculture, County Governments Cooperating

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