The 15 Healthiest (and Unhealthiest) Meats You Can Eat

Muscle-building protein is abundant in many plant-based foods, yet we often fill up with meat. This is okay as long as you understand the nutrition behind different foods. Confused about which meats to enjoy? These are the healthiest meats to add to your grocery cart — and the ones you should avoid altogether. Do not buy one common meat that will actually increase your risk of colon cancer (on page 10).

1. Healthy: chicken

chicken pieces on a grill

There’s a reason health-conscious eaters choose chicken. | iStock.com

Why: It’s low in calories, high in protein, and packed with B vitamins.

Utilized by fitness buffs, a 3-ounce serving of grilled chicken breast has around 130 calories and 25 grams of protein. It’s low in saturated fat, which according to the American Heart Association, makes it a better protein choice than red meat. And the B vitamins in poultry help with metabolism and contribute to a healthy skin and nervous system.

Next: Avoid this chicken if you can.

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