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For those beef lovers on here, I need a little clarification if you would. Why do we call ground sirloin “lean beef” when 62% of its calories come from fat??? When you buy ground sirloin it says it’s 10/90 (supposedly 10% fat, 90% protein), yet the nutrition label says it has 17 grams of fat to only 23 grams of protein!!! I know beef inherently has a higher fat content than say chicken or turkey breast, but I think it’s a bit misleading, no?

Thanks much!

TopSirloin

The numbers are by weight. Fat doesn’t weigh much compared to protein. And at 9 kcal/gram fat and 4 kcal/gram protein, a little fat adds up.

Woops, I just re-posted this topic because I didn’t see my message get posted.

Anyway, thanks. So, they measure it per volume, huh. That’s pretty freakin’ sneaky if you ask me. So, “lean” is a relative term then?

I think I’m going to stick with ground turkey as at least it’s cals from fat are less than 50% of the total!

TS

10% fat means in 100 grams of raw beef, 10 grams are fat.

Thanks for the education on that. I still think it’s sneaky, but at least they publish the macros so you know what you are getting in the end.

Thanks for the replies everyone.

TS

[quote]TopSirloin wrote:
Woops, I just re-posted this topic because I didn’t see my message get posted.

Anyway, thanks. So, they measure it per volume, huh. That’s pretty freakin’ sneaky if you ask me. So, “lean” is a relative term then?

I think I’m going to stick with ground turkey as at least it’s cals from fat are less than 50% of the total!

TS [/quote]

No, they measure it by weight, not volume. See what DEV wrote above.

just eat it and enjoy!

[quote]bikemike wrote:
TopSirloin wrote:
Woops, I just re-posted this topic because I didn’t see my message get posted.

Anyway, thanks. So, they measure it per volume, huh. That’s pretty freakin’ sneaky if you ask me. So, “lean” is a relative term then?

I think I’m going to stick with ground turkey as at least it’s cals from fat are less than 50% of the total!

TS

No, they measure it by weight, not volume. See what DEV wrote above.[/quote]

Just an editorial error there, sorry. I just meant that the fat % should be based on calorie content and not by weight. But again the grams are published so we can plan accordingly anyway.

TS

mixing the turkey and beef is also good. pasta with ground turkey sauce is a favorite post workout meal for myself. laters pk