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For many people, meat and dairy are the main protein sources in their diet. Meat and dairy products contain fat, naturally produced by animals, but that fat contains saturated fat and cholesterol. While your body needs both of those, having too much can lead to heart problems and obesity.
When choosing which meats to consume, make it your goal to consume more meat that is lean, such as turkey, fish and chicken. Lean meat has less visual fat and skin is removed. Eating less red meat, such as pork and beef, also may benefit your health. You can often see the fat in red meats, but if you can try to remove as much fat as possible, that’s best.
Dairy is packed with calcium, protein and vitamin D, which boost your energy and strengthen your body. However, some dairy products are packed with fat and loaded with calories, so it’s important to watch your portion sizes when consuming these.
Health educator Katie Johnson gives more information on the best meat and dairy selections for you in this video:
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