How Does Lamb Stack Up Against Other Red Meats?

Dr. Oz has the answer.

Q: How does lamb stack up against other red meats?

Oz says: Lamb has an edge healthwise when you compare it to classic meat choices like beef, pork, and veal. Most cows and pigs eat soy and grains, but lambs tend to be largely grass fed. (The label will tell you for sure.) The result: Lean cuts give you more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, immune-helping zinc (about half of what you need in a day), and energy-providing iron (25 percent of a day's worth for women 51+; nearly 12 percent for younger women) and vitamin B12, says Amanda Bontempo, RD, of NYU Langone Medical Center.

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The Slimmest Fit

Lamb tends to have less marbling, so it's easier to trim fat. To go even leaner, choose parts with the least fat to begin with (leg, loin, and shank).

This story originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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