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Can Diabetics Eat Beef?

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author image Molly McAdams
Molly McAdams is a writer who lives in New York City. She has covered health and lifestyle for various print and online publishers since 1989. She holds a Master of Science degree in nutrition.
Can Diabetics Eat Beef?
A diet for diabetics can include lean cuts of beef. Photo Credit Kesu01/iStock/Getty Images

People with diabetes can eat just about any type of food as part of a balanced, portion-controlled meal or snack. The trick is knowing how much of each type of food to eat. A standard serving of lean beef, as part of a sandwich or plate of food that also includes vegetables and whole-grain foods, is a well-balanced meal for a diabetic.

Types

Can Diabetics Eat Beef?
Those with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing heart disease. Photo Credit Purestock/Purestock/Getty Images

People with diabetes are at increased risk of developing heart disease, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. As a result, the diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association is a heart-healthy, plant-based diet that includes lower-fat sources of protein such as lean beef, but in measured portions. Lean cuts of beef that contain less than 10 grams of fat and less than 4.5 grams of saturated fat in a 3-1/2 ounce serving include tenderloin, strip steak, shoulder roast, round steak and 95 percent lean ground beef. Extra-lean cuts of beef that contain less than 5 grams of fat and 2 grams of saturated fat per serving include tenderloin, eye of round roast, top round, bottom round and top sirloin. Both lean and extra-lean cuts contain less than 95 milligrams cholesterol per serving. Choice and select cuts contain less fat than prime cuts.

Amount

Can Diabetics Eat Beef?
When you're eating mean, eat between 2 to 5 ounces. Photo Credit Jacob Wackerhausen/iStock/Getty Images

According to the American Diabetes Association, a balanced meal includes 2 to 5 ounces of meat. Another way for diabetics to look at it is that beef and other proteins should take up about one-quarter of the plate at each meal. A good diet includes lots of whole-grain foods and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Preparation

Can Diabetics Eat Beef?
Grilling is a good method for preparing lean cuts of beef. Photo Credit Jacek Chabraszewski/iStock/Getty Images

Grilling, broiling, pan-broiling, stir-frying, roasting and braising are all good methods of preparing lean cuts of beef, according to the Texas Beef Council. Different cuts of beef lend themselves to different methods. Eye round or sirloin steak is best sliced and stir-fried or when marinated before grilling, broiling or pan-broiling. A tenderloin steak, on the other hand, can be grilled or broiled without marinating and is also good for stir-frying. A round steak is best when braised, or cooked in a little liquid. All visible fat should be trimmed from beef before cooking or eating.

Recipes

Can Diabetics Eat Beef?
Check online for good lean beef recipes. Photo Credit Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images

Diabetics can find many good lean beef recipes on the internet. Included on the University of Cincinnati Net Wellness site are crock-pot recipes for beef dishes such as BBQ Beef Sandwiches and Southwest Steak and Beans. The recipes for diabetics on the University of Illinois Extension site include Italian Beef Stir-fry and Easy Pepper Steak. A collection of recipes on the American Diabetes Association website also includes many for beef dishes.

Considerations

Can Diabetics Eat Beef?
Eat a varied, healthy diet. Photo Credit Wavebreakmedia Ltd/Wavebreak Media/Getty Images

Both American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association guidelines encourage eating a variety of foods from all the food groups. The meat group includes many sources of protein in addition to beef and other meats, such as dried beans and other legumes, skinless poultry and seafood. Both associations recommend including these other protein sources in meals at least several times each week.

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