Sunday, April 24, 2011

Men's Health Meat Matrix

This has really nothing to do with technology but I was surprised when I couldn't find this helpful chart on MensHealth.com. The Meat Matrix is a comparison of various types meats based on the following metrics: 0 to 4 points for protein-to-fat ratio, 0 to 3 points for the density of 10 essential nutrients, 0 to 2 points for percentage of saturated fats, 0 to 1 point for total cholesterol.

Personally I like the idea of having a cheat sheet for eating healthier despite not knowing the exact details for the grades.

The scorecard is broken down like this:
6+ points Eat regularly
4.0 to 5.9 points Eat occasionally
0 to 3.9 points Eat rarely

Chicken
  • Light Meat - 7.38
  • Dark Meat - 5.99
  • Giblets - 5.97
Turkey
  • Light meat - 7.34
  • Dark Meat - 5.55
  • Ground - 4.71
Ostrich
  • Top lion - 7.09
  • Ground - 5.64
Bison
  • Top sirloin - 6.75
  • Grass-fed, ground - 4.63
Beef
  • Kidney - 6.79
  • Liver - 6.22
  • Heart - 5.82
  • Round - 4.91
  • Flank - 4.73
  • Top lion - 4.25
  • Grass-fed, ground - 4.13
  • T-bone - 3.92
  • Top sirloin - 3.90
  • Ground 90% lean - 3.87
  • Tongue - 3.77
  • Porterhouse - 3.75
  • Brisket, whole - 3.71
  • Rib eye, small end - 3.60
  • Tenderloin - 3.45
  • Ground 80% lean - 3.38
  • Rib roast, whole - 3.20
Pork
  • Tenderloin - 6.90
  • Top loin/loin chops - 5.92
  • Center loin/center rib - 5.39
  • Sirloin - 5.13
  • Ribs - 4.72
  • Spareribs - 4.09
  • Blade chops / roast - 4.02
  • Ham, whole - 3.24
  • Bacon (cured) - 3.03
Duck
  • Breast - 5.22
  • Leg - 3.90
Lamb
  • Shoulder - 4.21
  • Ground - 3.15
Here is the original matrix:

Now if Men's Health would only do the same type of thing for fish we'd be set.

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