Elastin
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Elastin is a protein that is found in connective tissue that is, as its name implies, elastic. Elastin allows many tissues in the body to resume their shape after stretching or contracting.

Elastin is not a desirable protein in meat or foods because it will not break down under normal cooking processes and remains stringy and tough. Marinating and rubs have negligible effects on Elastin. Tendons and ligaments contain a lot of Elastin and should be trimmed off meat during preparation and before cooking.

Heavily used muscles, like the chest, legs and rump, have more connective tissue. Less frequently used muscles have less connective tissue. Younger animals form less connective tissue than older animals who have more time to build muscle mass.

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Elastin can be found in the following Beef Cuts: Top RoundEye of RoundRump Roast.

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Gluten Free

Low Fat

Low Calorie