What Are the Healthiest Cuts of Red Meat That You Can Eat?

By Mary Freeman

Red meat is generally regarded as very unhealthy; however, there are several cuts of steak and lamb that defy this generalization. Being on a diet does not mean you have to avoid red meats. All you have to do is choose the right cuts.


The healthiest cuts of steak, meaning the cuts with the least amount of calories and fat, are the flank steak, top sirloin, and tenderloin. Each 4-ounce portion of these meats have 181, 156, and 196 calories respectively.


Lamb is generally very unhealthy, however, a lean chop of lamb can be as low as 150 calories and 5.6 grams of fat.


Steer clear of meat with a marble-like or bumpy texture, this indicates a high quantity of fat. Additionally, avoid "prime" grade red meats. They generally have the highest fat content. Particularly avoid T-bone steak and tri-tip steak.


Some cuts of red meat can be almost as low in calories and fat as skinless chicken breast, roast beef being even less fatty. Eye round steak has a quite low fat content at 4 grams, likewise the sirloin top side steak at 4.1 grams. Additionally, cuts of bison and buffalo are also healthier in comparison to other red meats. Eating these cuts of red meat will allow you to eat more without feeling guilty about it.

Additional Information

Always look for a "select" label on a package of red meat. This denotes a very lean, healthy cut of meat. The healthiest cuts of meat are over 93 percent lean.