Is German sausage healthy?

At the start of the barbecue season | How healthy is meat?

At last! Spring is here - the barbecue season is starting again. Meat and sausage in all variations are sizzling in a cozy get-together. But: how healthy is meat actually?

Every German consumes around 60 kilograms of meat a year, so it is at the top of our menu, as reported by

How healthy is meat?

Meat provides high-quality protein that humans can process well. Meat also contains important B vitamins and minerals such as iron and trace elements. The advantage of meat: the body can absorb iron better from animal foods than from plant-based foods.

But: Studies also show that people who eat a lot of red meat, such as pork, beef, veal, and lamb, and sausages made from them, are at increased risk of colon and bladder cancer. There is no such connection with poultry. If you want to use the health strengths of steak or schnitzel, you should only enjoy it in moderation.

Dr. Gisela Olias from the German Institute for Nutritional Research Potsdam-Rehbr├╝cke: "You shouldn't eat more than 300 to 600 grams of meat and sausage products per week."

Does meat make you fat?

Meat is considered a rather fatty food. However, it has now slimmed down significantly. Thanks to targeted breeding and a different way of feeding the animals, it is not only much leaner today, it also contains less saturated fatty acids than it was years ago. In the past, there was an average of twelve percent fat in a piece of lean pork tenderloin, but today the percentage has shrunk to a few percent. Streaky parts like chops provide five to fifteen percent fat. Tip: Cut off large strips of fat before eating and make sure that you eat meat with little sauce, breading and frying fat, because these are the real fattening foods.

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