In recent weeks, dietary recommendations for living as healthily and sustainably as possible were published in the Lancet Journal.
The publication recommended the reduction of red meat consumption by up to 90%, leading to widespread dismay among farmers worldwide. This is why That’sFarming decided to investigate all of the benefits of having a regular intake of beef in your diet. Check them out below!
As is the case with most foods, there is an abundance of health benefits connected to having a regular supply in your diet. Beef is known to contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which is why we shouldn’t ditch it from our diet just yet.
1) Vitamins: Beef is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, contrary to what the Lancet report may have you believe.
Having a regular source of beef in your diet ensures you have access of Vitamin B12 (which is essential for blood formation and the function of the brain and Central Nervous System), Zinc (which is important for body maintenance and growth), Vitamin B6 (which is good for blood formation), Selenium (which helps body function), Phosphorus (which is essential for body maintenance and growth), as well as Iron and Niacin.
Beef actually contains Vitamin B12, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B5 and small amounts of Vitamin E and Vitamin K. Some minerals found in beef include Calcium, Copper, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Iron, Manganese and Zinc.
2) Antioxidants - Beef is also famed for the number of antioxidants it contains. These include Taurine ( which is an antioxidant amino acid and is important for heart and muscle function), Glutathione (which is an antioxidant found mainly in grass-fed beef), and Creatine, which is a performance-enhancing energy source for the body and muscles.
Glutathione is an antioxidant found in beef which helps prevent illness, reduces the risk of developing chronic disease, helps strengthen the immune system, increases longevity and has anti-aging effects. Beef also contains CLA, which is a ruminant trans-fat linked to weight loss and which also helps improve insulin sensitivity.
3) Helps prevent aging?
Believe it or not, this is actually true. Beef contains carnosine, which is an amino acid found throughout the human body that is a natural anti-aging compound.
Carnosine helps reduce glycation, which is central to the aging process and causes progressive damage/aging to the body. Having regular access to Carnosine in your diet will not only help reduce inflammation but also gives your immune system a well-deserved boost. Glutathione, as mentioned, also holds some of the same anti-aging compounds.
4) Good for Heart Health and Diabetes -
As mentioned, having beef in your diet has an array of health benefits. One such benefit is improved heart health, due to the presences of L-Carnitine, an amino acid found in beef.
Recent studies have also shown that having a higher L-Carnitine intake in patients with Type 2 diabetes greatly improves their overall cholesterol profile and glucose levels.
There you have it, it is not all doom and gloom when it comes to the consumption of beef.
As is the rule, everything in moderation is the key to a healthy balance in life. Not only does beef provide an abundance of minerals and vitamins, but it also helps keep your heart healthy and helps slow down the aging process, what more could you want?
Moral of the story, Don’t ditch the beef just yet!