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ArchAngel777
03-11-2006, 01:24 PM
Two really large guys at our gym (Both have to be 50%+ BF) were talking to each other (I was in on this too) about losing weight. I remained silent for the most part, because I don't like to impose on people. They brought up ground beef and how it is good for you. I interjected and said "93/7" isn't bad... The one guy waved me off like I was on crack and said the regular 73/27 is just fine "fine"... Well, I dissagreed and decided to search out the difference for myself. I always knew there was a pretty hefty difference, but I had absolutely no idea it was as large as this!

73/27 = 350 calories for 1/4 pound and 1400 for the 1 pound package.

93/7 = 160 calories for 1/4 pound and 640 for the 1 pound package.

The difference is absolutely huge! I could eat twice as much and still eat fewer calories simply by using 93/7 lean ground beef.

This may be common knowledge to many of you, but I do think many people are not aware of this (as in the case of those two gym guys).

Canadian Crippler
03-11-2006, 01:39 PM
So are these protein/fat ratios?

Built
03-11-2006, 01:39 PM
I think they're lean/fat ratios.

Canadian Crippler
03-11-2006, 01:49 PM
Ahh makes sense. Yeah, I wouldn't expect 100g of turkey to have that much protein :p

ArchAngel777
03-11-2006, 01:53 PM
Yeah, if you do the shopping at your house, you will find that your grocery store packages its own. Typically, around Minnesota here, we have it packaged in the following from a huge "Cub Foods" chain. 73/27, 80/20, 85/15, 93/7. You can certainly find it in difference ratios, but generally speaking, those are the main ones that you can buy in 1 lbs., 5 lbs., and 10 lbs.

So if you like burgers, I suggest to try and get the beef as lean as you can. I also eat turkey burgers as well and they only sell that in 93/7 from what I can tell, at least around Minnesota.

ultimate
03-11-2006, 01:56 PM
Wait, so if you want to gain weight wouldnt it be better to get the 73/27 beef? Or are you saying that it has alot of bad calories in it?

d'Anconia
03-11-2006, 02:02 PM
I was always under the impression that if it has less than 20% fat then it wouldn't stick together and be usable for, say, hamburgers.

Do the 93/7 ones still stick together well?

ArchAngel777
03-11-2006, 02:38 PM
I was always under the impression that if it has less than 20% fat then it wouldn't stick together and be usable for, say, hamburgers.

Do the 93/7 ones still stick together well?

Well, despite having a 93/7 tag, around 45% of the calories are fat in 93/7 ground beef. 70 calories of fat from a 160 total.

As far as having difficult forming the patties? Nope, not really. We defrost it in the fridge from being frozin solid and by the next day, it is moldable into patties. I don't have much, or rather, any experience with 80/20 so I cannot say if it is more difficult or not, just that it is easy enough to make your patties.

To the person above your post in regards to bulking... Well, it depends on how you look at it. The saturation fat content in 73/27 is LARGE... So it might not be the best, but I certainly wouldn't deem it any worse than any fast food joint.

baja_stx
03-11-2006, 03:36 PM
Two really large guys at our gym (Both have to be 50%+ BF) were talking to each other...

How much of that 50%+ BF came from eating the 73/27 hamburgers?




Does anyone know how ground turkey (Jenni-O Turkey Patties) compares to ground beef? Someone told me that 95/5 ground beef had less fat than ground turkey, but my grocery store doesn't have ground beef that lean.

Holto
03-11-2006, 03:49 PM
I don't even buy GB anymore. I use ground sirloin or angus. The sirloin barely even dripps off the foreman into the grease catcher.

baja_stx
03-11-2006, 05:42 PM
I think "ground beef" is just a general term referring to ground meat that comes from a cow... yes? no? Along with the different lean/fat ratios you also get different names for each.

The info below is from askthemeatman.com

* Ground Beef - 73% Lean, 27% Fat

* Ground Chuck - 80% Lean, 20% Fat

* Ground Sirloin - 85% Lean, 15% Fat

* Ground Round - 90% Lean, 10 % Fat

baja_stx
03-11-2006, 05:57 PM
And I found the answer to my question about comparing ground turkey to "ground beef".

Ground Turkey is just about the same as Ground Round which according to askthemeatman.com is the best type of "ground beef".

Here's a comparison of a cooked 3oz. serving of meat:

Ground Round - 218 Calories w/ 13g of fat
Regular Ground Turkey - 200 calories w/ 11g of fat
Ground Turkey Breast - 161 calories w/ 6g of fat

I've never seen ground turkey breast in the store myself.

Roark
03-11-2006, 06:07 PM
i always use 93/7

i've had 8oz 93/7 w/ taco sauce on 2 ww tortillas every night for dinner for the past 3 weeks

d'Anconia
03-11-2006, 11:31 PM
I certainly wouldn't deem it any worse than any fast food joint.

LOL that's very reassuring ArchAngel.

Built
03-11-2006, 11:38 PM
Do keep in mind that a lot of the fat renders out of the meat when you cook it. Unless you're making it into something like a spaghetti sauce, you'll probably drain it after you cook it.

Holto
03-12-2006, 10:26 AM
Do keep in mind that a lot of the fat renders out of the meat when you cook it.

Gotta love the Foreman.

God's gift to apartment dwellers.

Bikkstah
03-12-2006, 11:23 AM
Haha, I don't even know where my fat tray for the Foreman went, I just slide that thing right over the sink drain.

Holto
03-12-2006, 12:48 PM
Haha, I don't even know where my fat tray for the Foreman went, I just slide that thing right over the sink drain.

Thats pretty smart. Gross, but smart.

The trays are usefull for weighing the grease. Not that I do that all the time but whenever I try something new.

Genacide
03-13-2006, 07:48 AM
Thats pretty smart. Gross, but smart.

The trays are usefull for weighing the grease. Not that I do that all the time but whenever I try something new.

Actually thats a pretty bad idea, you can clog your drain if you do this often enough. I never put grease down a drain.

Holto
03-13-2006, 10:38 AM
Actually thats a pretty bad idea, you can clog your drain if you do this often enough. I never put grease down a drain.

So that's why the plumbing is messed up in my building. :evillaugh

FrenchTickler
03-16-2006, 09:18 AM
I found ground turkey at the grocery store the other day with a ratio of 99/1. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that. Usually I buy the 93/7 stuff, but I had to try this. A little more expensive, but tastes the same. I've never seen this anywhere else, and I don't remember what brand it was. I can check when I get home and post it.

Anthony
03-16-2006, 09:23 AM
73/27 = 350 calories for 1/4 pound and 1400 for the 1 pound package.

93/7 = 160 calories for 1/2 pound and 640 for the 1 pound package.

I'm not a mathematician, but 160 * 2 = 320.

ArchAngel777
03-16-2006, 09:34 AM
I'm not a mathematician, but 160 * 2 = 320.

Don't need to be one to find my mistake :D Yeah, I meant to say 1/4th, typo.

While you are at it, can you change the title of the thread to 27 instead of 37? That was a typo as well... But since we do not have the ability to change the titles of our own threads, I wasn't able to fix it.

Thanks!

Anthony
03-16-2006, 09:44 AM
I figured as much, I forgot to put the :p smiley in!

ArchAngel777
03-16-2006, 09:46 AM
Thanks bud,

Gabriel

Clifford Gillmore
03-16-2006, 11:12 PM
American systems are screwed up, we rate it as either CL (chemically lean) or VL (visually lean). If it says 100vl is 100% meat.


But I digress, eat lamb.

FrenchTickler
03-17-2006, 06:22 AM
So that's why the plumbing is messed up in my building. :evillaugh


Yeah defiantly not good. It solidifies after it cools down and sticks to the pipes, and is very water resistant. So the more and more you pour down the drain, the more it clogs up the plumbing.


Think of it as giving your plumbing a heart attack, it clogs up from that stuff just like arteries in your body.

Genacide
03-17-2006, 09:14 AM
American systems are screwed up, we rate it as either CL (chemically lean) or VL (visually lean). If it says 100vl is 100% meat.


But I digress, eat lamb.

How is a lean/fat ratio worse when compared to visually lean? WTF is that

Well it looks lean Susy, good enough for me.

Holto
03-17-2006, 10:26 AM
Think of it as giving your plumbing a heart attack, it clogs up from that stuff just like arteries in your body.

Actually sat fat is very good for humans. Don't trust the media to give you accurate info about your health. The cottonseed oil industry engineered a propoganda campaign in the 50's to increase sales. Their strategy was to demonize sat fat. It worked. Their campaign is still echoed today, even in your post.