In recent years, health and health awareness has gradually heated up, and people are paying more and more attention to the choice and quality of diet. However, with the continuous development of food processing technology, some unscrupulous businesses have adopted some illegal means in order to maximize profits, resulting in the emergence of some fake and shoddy foods. Among them, the most worrying is the phenomenon of "glued meat". This article will introduce what "glued meat" is, how to identify it, and introduce 5 kinds of meat that middle-aged and elderly people should eat as little as possible to ensure health.
First of all, let's understand what "glued meat" is. In short, the so-called "glue meat" refers to some unscrupulous businesses adding gelatin or gelatin-like substances to meat products, and increasing the weight and taste of meat products through injection or soaking, so as to obtain higher profits, which brings potential risks to the health of consumers.
To distinguish "glued meat", we can pay attention to the following aspects. First, observe the appearance of the meat product. Normal meat should have a natural color and texture, while "rubber-injected meat" tends to be too smooth in appearance and has no fleshy texture. Secondly, the texture of the meat can be felt by touching. Normal meat should have some elasticity and softness, while "rubberized meat" may be too sticky or too fluffy. Finally, consumers can tell whether a meat product is normal by smell. Normal meat should have a fresh meat aroma, while "rubberized meat" may have an unusual chemical smell.
In order to protect the health of middle-aged and elderly people, here are 5 types of meat they should eat as little as possible:
Although bacon has a unique taste, due to its high salt and high fat characteristics, excessive consumption will increase the cardiovascular burden of middle-aged and elderly people, and easily lead to health problems such as high blood pressure and high blood lipids. Therefore, middle-aged and elderly people should control the amount of bacon intake in moderation and choose light meat substitutes, such as chicken breast or fish, to satisfy their appetite while maintaining healthy eating habits.
Although visceral meat is rich in some essential nutrients, it also contains high cholesterol and saturated fat, which is not good for the cardiovascular health of middle-aged and elderly people. In particular, animal offal such as fatty liver and pig liver contain high fat and cholesterol content, and long-term consumption will increase the risk of fatty liver, hyperlipidemia and other diseases. It is recommended that middle-aged and elderly people consume fiber-rich and low-fat meats, such as chicken breast, lean pork, etc., in moderation to maintain their health.
3. Lard residue
Lard residue is a high-fat part of pork, which will bring people a sense of taste satisfaction when eaten, but the saturated fatty acid content in it is high, which can easily lead to problems such as elevated blood lipids and obesity. Middle-aged and elderly people should try to avoid excessive intake of lard residue in their diet, and choose lean meat or vegetable oils as substitutes, such as olive oil, flaxseed oil, etc., which are beneficial to cardiovascular health.
4. BBQ meat
Although grilled food is delicious, carcinogens such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons produced during the preparation process pose a potential threat to human health. In particular, the burnt part of the charcoal-grilled meat surface during the grilling process contains a variety of carcinogens, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and nitrites. It is recommended that middle-aged and elderly people choose other cooking methods, such as steaming, boiling or stewing, to reduce the intake of carcinogens.
5. Processed meat products
Processed meat products such as lunch meat, hot dogs, etc. are often added with food additives such as preservatives, flavorings and thickeners, which may contain substances harmful to human health. In addition, processed meat products often contain high salt, fat and cholesterol, and long-term excessive intake may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and obesity. Middle-aged and elderly people should try to avoid excessive consumption of processed meat products, choose fresh meat and home cooking to meet taste needs.
In addition to the meat mentioned above, middle-aged and elderly people should also pay attention to the following points when choosing meat:
First, choose fresh meat. Fresh meat not only tastes better, but also has a higher nutritional value. Choose organic meat with inspection certificates or buy from a reliable meat supplier to ensure fresh and safe meat.
Second, moderate meat intake. As a great source of protein and nutrition, middle-aged and elderly people do not need to completely avoid it, but moderate control is very important. It is recommended to limit the amount of meat consumed daily to a reasonable range and balance it with other foods such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
In addition, it is also important to choose the cooking method. Choosing a healthy cooking method maximizes the preservation of the nutritional value of your meat. Low-fat cooking methods such as boiling, steaming, stewing, and roasting are better options and can reduce fat intake while maintaining the tender taste of the meat.
Finally, middle-aged and elderly people should also consult professional dietitians or doctors according to their health status and physical needs, and develop a diet plan suitable for themselves. Because everyone's physical condition and needs are different, personalized dietary guidance can better meet the nutritional needs of individuals.