As a cattle rancher, I am all about beef and it’s wonderful nutritional benefits. Red meat often gets a bad rap, but I think every thing else does at this point as well. Just Google eggs, wheat, poultry, beans, pork, dairy, and just about anything else edible and you will find reports that it is all bad for you.
If you follow all of the online diet advice, chances are you are just down to eating vegetables and drinking plain water. Don’t get me wrong, I am a big advocate of clean, fresh, water and veggies, but just like man can’t live on bread alone, I don’t think he can live on vegetables alone either.
Granted, there are some who do have diet restrictions, including myself… I can’t eat gluten so I make adjustments for that. But with everything else, I think moderation is the key. Unless you have a specific allergy or food sensitivity I think pretty much anything in moderation is O.K. Having said that, besides being gluten free, I have made the choice to cut out processed foods, and things that my body just doesn’t seem to like including milk. But I am not going to say that milk is bad for you, because just like beef, I think it has a lot of nutritional value for those who can tolerate it.
Beef is high in protein and vitamins and minerals including zinc, iron, B6 and B12; and the powerful antioxidant glutathione.
So, my point is, don’t completely discount beef just because you have heard that it has too much saturated fat or is bad for you. There are leaner cuts available and grass fed/finished beef is naturally lower in fat. Besides the body needs some fat, even though everyone’s requirements vary, again the key is moderation. Vary the beef cuts, rotate it with other sources of protein and make sure you are eating enough vegetables and other healthy foods with it as sadly, man cannot live by beef alone either.
Be sure and work with you doctor for any diet restrictions you may need to implement, but I think beef is worth a second look. I love my beef, but I also love my pork and chicken; and a variety of veggies.
If you are thinking of giving beef a try or just looking for recipes to jazz up your beef, here’s an uncomplicated recipe for beef stroganoff to try.
I plan to try this recipe substituting the noodles for rice pasta, the flour for rice flour and the sour cream for plain dairy-free yogurt.