Red meat has been and continues to be a hot topic of discussion. Does it provide us with good health benefits or is it an unhealthy food choice?
Let’s take a look at the bright side of red meat …
1. Contains complete protein. It contains all the essential amino acids that the body cannot produce on its own.
2. Essential for the regeneration of the organism.
3. Essential for the health of organs and muscles.
B Vitamins These vitamins are only found in foods of animal origin, where meat is one of the best sources. These vitamins maintain nerve cells and normal blood formation.
Bioavailable iron There is more iron in meat than in most foods, and the body breaks it down more easily than plant foods. Anemia is a condition that can be corrected by eating lean red beef. Red blood cells are produced by iron, which carries oxygen from the lungs to the tissues and returns carbon dioxide to the lungs.
Some researchers have said that eating red meat less than twice a week can affect zinc levels in the body. This is especially true for children and adolescents. In fact, adolescent girls are said to have lower amounts of zinc, leading to unhealthy levels.
Zinc provides the body with healthy skin and a good immune system. This is extremely important in the winter months to ward off colds and other viral and bacterial infections.
Meat contains a great way to provide zinc for the body to absorb, unlike other foods like lentils, milk, and shellfish that also contain zinc.
Other Benefits Other vitamins and minerals found in red meat that provide excellent health benefits: phosphorus, magnesium, selenium, and potassium.
Now let’s talk about the downsides of red meat so you can make good healthy food choices.
Studies and articles show that it can contribute to cancer, clogged arteries, and even brain damage.
What do you do when this complete protein, packed with vitamins and minerals, causes us to die before our time?
With so much weeding in so much information, it basically boils down to these two surprisingly simple questions:
1. What kind of red meat do you eat?
2. How do you eat?
Let’s take a look at the three basic “red meats” … beef, lamb, and pork.
* Beef is the most nutritious, with lamb being the fattest and pork being the least fat.
* Highest level of zinc: beef is superior to lamb and pork.
* Clogged arteries and cardiovascular disease can be caused by high saturated fat and “bad” cholesterol in red meat.
* Beef of choice that provides you with essential nutrients without the high levels of fat.
* Different cuts of meat also differ in terms of nutritional value.
* How you cook and remove fat can determine the fat value.
* Buy the smallest parts.
* Whenever possible, eat organic and grass-fed meats.
Avoid all processed meats like hot dogs, hot dogs, and hot dogs, as these meats contain more preservatives and are more fatty than lean cuts of beef or lamb.
People who eat more of these types of meats and processed meats have a higher risk of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Red meat has been associated with an increased risk of coronary artery disease (such as bypass surgery), strokes, colon cancer, gallstones, and gout, to name a few.
A few years ago, the world’s leading nutritionists conducted a study titled The China Study.
* In this study, eating a lot of meat (any type of animal protein) was found to cause diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and other problems.
But if you’re like me and enjoy a good steak every now and then, opt for smaller pieces, like sirloin or round eye. By buying lean cuts of meat and changing the way we cook our meat, beef can be enjoyed without guilt. Think of baking, browning, and broiling, not frying. You can grill, be sure to put it on a shelf and get rid of the fat. It can be comforting to make broth, but it’s not a good idea when you think of the heart and arteries.
Then there is always game meat: venison, ostrich, buffalo, etc. It is much lower in fat and calories. I had a buffalo burger. Delicious, but because it contains less fat, it can be dehydrated meat.
Deer are found in abundance in the United States. Check your area for hunting season. Many hunters enjoy the sport but cannot begin to eat everything they catch. Venison steak on an outdoor grill can be a lot of fun.
* The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Incredible Effects of Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health (Hardcover) by T. Colin Campbell PhD (Author), Thomas M. Campbell II (author)
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