Let’s face it; most guys love steak. It’s the ultimate man’s meal and now that grilling season is here, steak consumption is outpacing even Pokemon Go. What’s not clear to most guys however, is which cut of beef is your best choice. To answer this question, we turned to Dan Leith, host of “Feeding the Beast with Dan Leith” and the personal nutritionist of many of today’s leading UFC fighters. Here’s what Dan had to say:

“The reason why I commonly use a rib-eye and specifically a grass fed rib-eye is because of the marbling and the fat content. It gives us the advantage of having a little more fat in relation to the amount of muscle tissue in the steak and that’s really where you get the most bang for your buck in buying a grass fed rib-eye because all the real nutrient dense benefit to getting a grass fed steak is found in the fat.”

“Most of the fat that is found in grass fed steak is much much higher in omega 3 fatty acid and is also in a specific fatty acid called conjugated linoleic acid or CLA you’ll commonly see it called. CLA has been shown to help reduce belly fat in a lot of different test subjects in studies that have been done all over the country. So grass fed steak is significantly higher in that specific CLA fatty acid and again also very high in omega 3 fatty acid which we know is a very anti inflammatory fat.”

“Most people eating a standard American diet get a significantly higher content of omega 6 in relation to omega 3 and omega 6 has a lot of inflammatory properties to it. So it’s important for us to focus on including a lot of omega 3 rich fats into our diets so we ease that ratio of omega 3 to omega 6.”

“On top of that steak is very high in B vitamins. It’s very high in zinc, magnesium and protein obviously. I just wanted to highlight a couple of very beneficial things that a steak provides not only is it very protein dense it is also very nutrient dense and grass fed steaks specifically provides us with a more beneficial fatty acid profile than a grain fed steak.”