Can beef still be for dinner? (part 2)
Remember how I said we would save talking about beef’s nutritional impact for another day? Well hoo-ray; that day is today!
What are we waiting for? Let’s bite into the nutritional value of beef!
“To give a child meat is a form of child abuse”, this quote was made by Neal Barnard, Medical Advisor of PETA from his book, Food for Life (1993). I’m not sure exactly where he received his medical schooling, but wherever it was obviously failed to examine the countless health benefits that are accompanied with eating red meat.
What if I told you there was a product out there that contains protein, riboflavin, niacin, zinc, iron, vitamins A & B, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, magnesium and thiamine, all in about 150 calories per serving, less than 2 grams of fat, low cholesterol & sodium and zero carbohydrates. This combination of nutrients has been scientifically shown to aid in muscle formation and an improvement in mood. Wouldn’t you be dying to know where you could find such an all around amazing source of nutrition?
Well I have good news, the unbelievable health product I’m explaining is of course, beef!
(Did you know beef doesn’t only come in the form of a greasy burger? It can truly be part of a balanced meal… served in the recommended portion size, alongside some great veggies!)
Shalene McNeil, PhD and executive director of nutrition research for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association said, “Calorie for calorie, beef is one of the most nutrient-rich foods,” in the August 29, 2011 article, “The Truth about Red Meat” on webmd.com (McNeil, 2011).
While the market for ‘fake meat’ would like you to believe that their faux meat is a healthier option, there is scientific research that states otherwise. What we know about soy is that as you process it, you lose a lot of the benefits. Now am I saying soy food in unhealthy? No. But I am presenting the facts of the matter – beef contains a great amount of nutrients in one modest package, that you just can’t get from other foods.
-One, three ounce serving of beef has 42% of the daily recommended value of protein. This builds, maintains, and repairs body tissue.
-Beef is also a riboflavin powerhouse. This important nutrient can prevent stunted growth and hair loss. Who wouldn’t want a few more inches or a tad more hair? 😀
-The zinc packed in beef is important for maintaining a healthy immune system.
-The iron found in beef is not only important for health, but is also the kind of iron that is more easily absorbed by our human bodies, making it a better source of iron than plant sources.
I think it is beautiful and such a gift that God has given us a wide variety of foods to eat on this beautiful planet! As with anything in life, it’s all about balance.
In no way, shape or form am I encouraging you all to have a burger for every meal for the rest of your life. No.
But I hope that in some small way, I have encouraged you to put the pointer finger down and see how beef (and all food) can fit into a balanced diet and lifestyle.
Questions, comments, concerns? Don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments below!