Burgers are a classic staple of American cuisine, and have always been a family favorite. The problem is they are generally associated with a slew of health problems like:
Eating a burger every so often is not bad for you. In fact, there are plenty of health benefits associated with eating burgers due to their high protein and iron content. So, how did the burger gain such a bad rap over the years?
The problems most people are seeing form a burger heavy diet are associated with the low-quality meat typically used to make this fast food. These cheap, low-quality burgers tend to be loaded with cholesterol, saturated fat, sodium and trans fat. Then there are the condiments and toppings like cheese, onion rings, fatty dressings and even fried eggs. All of these factors, plus the methods used to prepare a burger play a part in making the hamburger, or cheeseburger, one of the worst food choices.
But, fear not! There is a way to get this protein power house back on the menu as a healthy food. All it's going to take is some time, effort and a lot of nutritional research on your part. If you're a burger lover at heart, and don't mind putting in the extra work to build a better, healthier burger, let SymptomFind help you out with the process.
The first step you should take to build a healthier burger is to choose healthier meat. Start by opting for leaner burger patties when you head to the grocery. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a meat is considered lean if it contains less than 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat and fewer than 95 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol for every three ounces in one cooked serving.You can opt for an extra lean burger patty which is defined at having less than 5 grams of total fat, less than 2 grams of saturated fat and fewer than 95 mg of cholesterol for every three ounce serving.
When you're shopping for burger patties, just look for labels that say:
If the health factors of using the traditional cow beef have got you hung up on choosing a burger for your next meal, or if you're looking for other alternatives, you can try one of these substitutes:
To finish off building a better, healthier burger, try moving past traditional condiments and ingredients: