Does draining and rinsing fatty ground beef lower the fat and calorie count?
Asked by anonymous on Nov 14, 2010 in Nutrition

I have heard opposing arguments on whether draining (and/or rinsing) fat from fattier ground beef lowers the fat and calories.  Most say that it is good to drain the fat but rinsing is a strange albeit unnecessary habit.  What do you think and how should I log a portion of drained and rinsed beef?


A study in the Journal of The American Dietetic Association showed that a simple rinsing process reduced the fat content (hence, the calories) of cooked regular ground beef crumbles by as much as 50 percent with minimal flavor loss. They cooked the beef, drained the fat, removed the crumbles to plate lined with paper towels, let it sit 1 minute, and then blotted the top with more paper towels.  Then, they placed the crumbles in a paper towel-lined mesh strainer, set it on a sturdy bowl, poured very hot water over the beef, and drained it for 5 minutes.  Less effective, but also good, is to blot the beef without rinsing or to buy a leaner ground beef.  To log rinsed and drained regular ground beef, use the 95% Lean Meat / 5% Fat version.

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