Red meat is good for you, as long as you eat it as part of a balanced diet. It’s rich in protein, iron, zinc, vitamins B6 and B12. Eat it a couple of times a week in small quantities and get some protein from other sources. Keep intake of fruit, veg and grains up and you’re as healthy and guilt-free as can be.

So to hell with tofu! Don’t drown your steaks in rich sauces, grill rather than pan-fry, remove excess fat and buy lean cuts. Also, buy the appropriate cut for the intended cooking process. (Nutritional information was taken from a 250g portion of meat.)

Here’s a guideline to help you along.

T-BONE

Taken from The mid-section. Suitable for Braai, grill or pan-fry. A very tasty cut.
152mg cholesterol, 40g protein, 2 575kJ, 49.5g fat

FILLET

Taken from The top of the flank. Suitable for Braai, grill, fry or roast. Most expensive, but by far the best.
160mg cholesterol, 40g protein, 2 742kJ, 52g fat

PRIME RIB

Taken from The mid-section. Suitable for Roast, braai, grill or pan-fry.
168mg cholesterol, 35g protein, 3 946kJ, 74.6g fat

RUMP

Taken from The rump, you fool. Suitable for Braai, grill or stir-fry. Expensive, but tasty.
120mg cholesterol, 45g protein, 1 705kJ, 24.1g fat

SIRLOIN

Taken from The mid-section. Suitable for Braai, grill, fry, stir-fry or roast.
152mg cholesterol, 43g protein, 2 140kJ, 36.7g fat

PORTERHOUSE

Taken from The mid-section. Suitable for Braai, grill or pan-fry.
152mg cholesterol, 40g protein, 2 575kJ, 49.2g fat

RIB-EYE

Taken from The ribs. Suitable for Braai, grill, fry or pot-roast. Not as tender as fillet or rump, but can be prepared in the same way.
152mg cholesterol, 40g protein, 2 575kJ, 39.7g fat

TOPSIDE

Taken from The mid-sectionSuitable for Pot-roast, stir-fry, braise or stew. Good substitute for rump.
144mg cholesterol, 46g protein, 1 739kJ, 22.5g fat