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What exactly does "Ground Beef Less Than 30% Fat" mean?

by (123) Updated March 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM Created March 20, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Recently I've been finding this product in a supermarket. Does this mean 70/30 protein/fat? I tried to look this up online, no success.

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18794 · March 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

"Does this mean 70/30 protein/fat?"

Yes.

It's likely that they are rewording the protein/fat ratio since 70/30 is pretty shitty ground meat, especially if it's CAFO meat, where you'd want to avoid CAFO animal fat if possible to maintain a better Omega-3:6 ratio.

If you cook, I find 85/15 to 90/10 ideal for most general uses. Still, try to avoid the CAFO stuff if you can.

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8777 · March 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Yes it's fat percentage by weight, and although there are trace carbs from glycogen in meat, the other 70% by weight is protein. BUT ... that protein part is high water content. So 100g of <30% fat contains roughly 30g fat, 70g lean but not 70g protein.

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