Who (aside from vegans and vegetarians) doesn’t love a bit of red meat? There’s nothing quite like a juicy, dripping steak sitting on your plate, the delicious smell of grilled meat rising up to your nostrils and setting your stomach rumbling. Boy, it has me hungry already!
Meat is one of the best sources of protein around. It contains all of the amino acids your body needs to produce muscle tissue, and it’s loaded with B vitamins and other vital minerals. It’s definitely a food you’d do well to add to your diet, albeit in moderation.
Here is the amount of protein you get from red meat:
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Despite what vegetarians and vegans say, our bodies are designed to eat meat. Humans are by nature omnivores, which means we eat both meat and produce. The human body functions at its very best it is getting enough of both foods. Without meat, your muscles tend to wither and shrink, your brain stops working efficiently, and you grow weak and sickly.
Meat is also one of the most nutritious foods in the world! A single serving of meat (100 grams, or 3.5 ounces) contains a lot of minerals, such as:
- Zinc, which is needed for a strong immune system
- Iron, which is needed to produce red blood cells
- Niacin (Vitamin B3), which is needed for a healthy cardiovascular system
- Selenium, which boosts your immunity to disease and fights carcinogens
- Vitamin B6, which converts food into energy
- Vitamin B12, which is needed for a healthy metabolism
In fact, red meat is one of the only natural sources of Vitamin B12. You cannot find this vitamin in any plant sources, so the only way you can get Vitamin B12 is by eating red meat or taking a supplement. We all know that food is easier to digest than supplements, and your body uses the vitamins in red meat more efficiently than the vitamins in a capsule.
Meat that comes from grass-fed animals contains A LOT of Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are one of the most potent nutrients around, and they can help to boost brain health, reduce heart disease, lower blood pressure, control cholesterol, prevent inflammation, and the list goes on!
Meat contains creatine, which is needed for both muscular and cerebral energy. Vegetarians who avoid red meat suffer from a lack of creatine, which can lead to a decrease in mental and physical performance. You also get carnosine from meat, and this nutrient protects against degenerative diseases. It is another nutrient ONLY found in animal products.
Many people claim that red meat raises your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, due to the saturated fat content. However, studies have proven that saturated fat isn’t to blame for these problems, but it’s TRANS fats that are the culprit. Trans fats are found in processed, fried, and artificial foods, and they are the fat you need to avoid. Saturated fat, on the other hand, when consumed in moderation, will not lead to heart problems!
The truth is that there is no downside to eating moderate quantities of meat that has been properly cooked. Improperly cooked meat (charred) can cause the formation of carcinogens, but if the meat is prepared right, it is 100% carcinogen-free. Many vegetarians claim that their way of life is healthier, but that is because they tend to be more health-conscious than the average meat eater. Compare the health of a health-conscious meat eater to vegetarian, and you’ll find the carnivore is usually the healthier one of the two. Red meat is DEFINITELY the food you need to add to your diet!