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Filet is a generic term which is usually used to describe a boneless, tender, high quality cut of meat. Filet when used as a verb refers to slicing of large cuts into small boneless steak.

Sometimes, the word filet is used for Filet mignon which is a small boneless steak cut of beef carcass usually from the small end of the beef tenderloin. It is also called as cute fillet or dainty fillet. It has low intramuscular fat in it. Filet mignon in general refers to the pork when it is found on French menu.

There can be some confusion sometimes as the word fillet is usually used to describe the boneless cut of fish. When used as a verb fillet refers to slicing of boneless side off of fish.

Ingredients and Preparation

Filet can be grilled and served as such. It is usually cooked in high heat such as grilling, pan frying, roasting, or broiling. Generally, the Bacon is used for the cooking of filet as it has low level of fat marbling. Bacon provides flavor and prevent the drying of filet during cooking.

Health and Nutrition facts

Serving size – 3 oz (85 g)

Approximate Values per serving (Calories - 164 cal, Fats – 7 g, Carbohydrates – 0 g, Protein – 24 g, Saturated fat – 3 g, Cholesterol – 67 mg, Sodium – 50 mg)

Nutritionally Good Points about Filet are –

i) Filet is rich in Vitamin – B3 (Niacin), B6, B12, Zinc, phosphorus and Selenium,

ii) Filet is an excellent source of quality proteins, and

iii) Filet is low in Sodium and contains No sugars.

Health benefits of Filet:

1. Protein of Filet helps in maintaining healthy muscles and skin.

2. It contains Selenium which is an antioxidant and lowers inflammation and pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

3. It also contains Vitamin – Niacin and B12. Niacin helps in stabilizing blood sugar level, and Vitamin B12 helps in lowering risk of heart diseases.

4. It has appreciable amount of Zinc which helps in healing of wounds.

5. It also has Phosphorus which works together with calcium in the body for building and maintenance of strong bones and teeth. Phosphorus also helps in filtering waste from kidneys and maintains a balance of other vital minerals such as zinc and magnesium.

Filet is good for - People having high calorie requirement due to high body activity.

Disadvantage – Filet is generally high in Cholesterol.

Who should avoid Filet?

i. Obese people

ii. Weight watchers

iii. Diabetics

iv. People suffering from coronary heart diseases

v. People with no daily physical activity