Meat and Cooking Times

Nutritional Value of Meat

Many don’t realize that, besides being delicious, meat has a very high nutritional value, forming a vital part of any balanced and nutritious diet. No other food group is as good a source of high biological value protein, which is essential for the growth, repair and maintenance of body cells.

Meat also contains valuable quantities of the B vitamins. Thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), and nicotinic acid (niacin) are all needed by the body for the release of energy from food and are therefore necessary for our everyday activities and for growth. Meat is a particularly important source of vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) because B12 is not found in plant foods. It is needed for the formation of red blood cells and the normal functioning of the nervous system. As you can see, meat is more than just the best source of protein!

Looking at beef, lamb and pork, nutritional values differ only slightly among them. All three meats contain high biological value protein, but pork is richer in thiamine (B1) and beef and lamb contain more iron. Internal organs, such as liver and kidney, are richer in iron and vitamin B12 than beef, lamb or pork. Liver is the richest source of vitamins A and D. Vegetarian meals can be good for you and even quite tasty, but if you have ever seen a veggie friend looking pale, listless or unwell, you can guess what is missing in his or her diet.

To stay in good health, always choose the leaner cuts of meat, and trim off any excess fat from the meat before cooking. The healthiest ways to cook meat are grilling and baking, though dry frying bacon and mince is also a healthier option.

Unfortunately, man cannot live on meat alone. As meat does not contain dietary fiber, look to use wholegrain cereal products, and rice and pastas. Plenty of vegetables and fruit in conjunction with meat dishes will provide the best of both worlds!

Besides being delicious, meat has a very high nutritional value.Grilling/Frying Cuts and Cooking Times Charts
Never quite sure when to stop cooking your steaks, or do you have a tendency to overcook your chops? If this sounds familiar then have a quick look at our average cooking times charts for many types of meat. And remember:

Always preheat the grill.
Timings below are for each side.
The timing relates to the thickness of the meat.
Most meats should be cooked over medium-high heat (350-375 °F).