How To: Pick The Leanest Cut Of Meat


The Leanest Cut

Lean cutWhen shopping the meat counter, it can be difficult to determine which are the healthiest cuts of meat.
When looking to buy lower-fat cuts of fresh meats, look for the terms "round" or "loin" in the name when shopping for beef, and "loin" or "leg" when buying pork or lamb. Some lean cuts include:
  • Beef: eye of the round, top round steak, top round roast, sirloin steak, top loin steak, tenderloin steak, flank steak, and chuck arm pot roast.
  • Veal: cutlet, blade or arm steak, rib roast, and rib or loin chop.
  • Pork: tenderloin, top loin roast, top loin chop, center loin chop, sirloin roast, loin rib chip, and shoulder blade steak.
  • Lamb: leg, loin chop, arm chop and foreshanks.
If you are unsure of the cut, check the meat label where it should identify the kind and cut, as well as the weight, unit price and cost. If you're still having difficulty, talk to the store butcher.