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    7 Reasons Steak is Healthy (and Nutrients in Every Cut)


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    7 Reasons Steak is Healthy (and Nutrients in Every Cut)

    Post by Jan1 on Thu Apr 06 2017, 18:57

    Steak is one of the most delicious foods out there.

    While most people love a good steak, the media often tells us how “bad” for us it is.

    The thing is: this message is completely wrong.

    Steak is healthy, and it’s full of beneficial nutrients that are good for us.

    This article will look at seven science-backed reasons to support this claim.

    At the end of the article, you can also find a segment showing the nutrient profile of the most popular cuts of steak.

    But first, here are the benefits.

    1. Steak is Packed With Beneficial Nutrients
    Here is the nutritional breakdown of a typical 6oz t-bone steak, focusing on the vitamin and mineral content;
    Vitamin B12: 78% RDA
    Selenium: 42% RDA
    Zinc: 36% RDA
    Phosphorus: 30% RDA
    Vitamin B6: 30% RDA
    Vitamin B3: 30% RDA
    Potassium: 18% RDA
    Vitamin B2: 18% RDA
    Iron: 18% RDA
    Vitamin B1: 12% RDA
    Trace amounts of several more nutrients
    Key Point: Steak is healthy due to the wide range of nutrients it provides, many of which the modern diet does not provide in sufficient amounts.

    2. Steak Provides a Healthy Source of Fats
    There is a prevalent misconception that fats in meat are unhealthy, but nothing could be further from the truth.
    In particular, it is the artificial and industrial fats such as vegetable oil, margarine and trans fats that we should avoid.
    Over the past decade, dozens of studies show that naturally occurring dietary fat is nothing to fear.
    Key Point: Naturally occurring fats hold positive benefits for health. However, it’s better to avoid artificial fats that come from a factory.

    3. Steak is Good For Building Muscle
    Steak is full of protein, but that isn’t the only reason why it is good for building muscle.
    Key Point: Another reason why steak is healthy is that it offers a significant source of complete protein. In order to live a long life, adequate protein intake is essential for maintaining muscle mass.

    4. Steak Contains Cholesterol
    Are you scratching your head?
    Don’t worry. Although dietary cholesterol is another nutrient that has been demonized by the government for decades, it is perfectly healthy.
    Key Point: Steak contains a substantial amount of dietary cholesterol, but it isn’t harmful. Even the organization who warned against it have retracted their negative stance.

    5. Blue Rare to Well Done: A Range of Taste
    The majority of people love steak, and most have a different preference for how it is cooked.
    Surprisingly, many cultures eat beef completely raw; from ‘steak tartare’ and ‘carpaccio’ in France and Italy to ‘kitfo’ and ‘yukhoe’ in Ethiopia and Korea.
    Steak is less prone to bacterial contamination than other meats, so it can range from almost raw to well done.
    Key Point: Whether or not steak is healthy likely depends on the cooking method; rarer is better. Medium is a nice trade-off between health and taste, but try to avoid burning your steak!

    6. Steak is a Healthy Choice For Weight Loss
    Here is another claim that seems to go against popular belief.
    However, if we look to the science, then we can see sufficient evidence for steak aiding weight loss.
    Key Point: Despite the widespread belief that steak is a waist-expanding food, it helps aids weight loss. For the most part, this is likely down to improvements in satiety.  

    7. Steak is Delicious
    A juicy, succulent ribeye steak perfectly seasoned with salt and pepper? Or perhaps you like it liberally covered in garlic butter?
    Whatever your opinion may be on steak, it certainly isn’t lacking in the taste department.
    And for any health food—which steak is—being highly satiating, rewarding, and fulfilling is critical to dietary adherence.

    Food Reward – For Body and Mind
    To demonstrate, imagine there are two diets.
    Diet 1: Heavily features low-fat crackers, skim milk, and lean chicken breasts.
    Diet 2: Typically features fatty cuts of steak, cheddar cheese, and whole milk.

    In this case, the first diet offers bland foods that are low-calorie (and also very low in nutrients).
    As a result, neither your body nor your taste buds will be happy, and the diet will prove unsustainable.
    However, the second diet provides delicious tasting foods that are crammed full of essential nutrients. Specifically, they reward in terms of taste and by giving the body the fuel it requires.
    Key Point: Steak is an extremely delicious, sustainable, and fulfilling food that people enjoy eating.

    Steak is Healthy
    For all the reasons listed in this article and more, we should recognize steak for what it is; a healthy food.
    In what kind of world do we live when we accuse steak of being “dangerous”, while at the same time promoting ultra-processed cereals and margarine as “heart healthy”?
    To be honest, it is laughable.
    But perhaps the answer is this; a world where industrial food profits come before public health.

    Steak Nutrition Facts: Calories and Nutrients
    please refer to original article ...

    All words above taken from Michael Joseph Nutrition Advance here

    Do go over and read Michael's FULL article with all relevant links.

    Of course I appreciate if you should be vegetarian or vegan then this article is perhaps not for you ...

    However, if you should like eating steak and may have a recipe idea to share, or views to exchange why not share them here.

    All the best Jan
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    Re: 7 Reasons Steak is Healthy (and Nutrients in Every Cut)

    Post by chris c on Thu Apr 06 2017, 22:56

    Couldn't agree more! Especially when it comes from proper old fashioned cows like Angus, Suffolk Red Poll, Hereford (my favourite), Dexters or Lincoln Reds - the farmer with them has actually exported beef to Japan which is quite a feat.

    I reckon it is at its best grilled until it has nearly stopped mooing, served with seasonal green vegetable and a mushroom fried in EVOO. Add a thickly buttered oatcake and a glass (or two) of red wine. Takes no time to cook (and wash up afterwards). Alternatively (like this week) I buy ground beef and stir-fry it with a bunch of vegetables including multicoloured peppers, garlic and bacon.

    Some of the best beef is grazed on the grassy sea walls and even the marshes, places you couldn't grow crops even if you wanted to. A bit of bad news though, the local guy who did organic grass-fed beef has died and I'm wondering who is going to buy his farm and what they are going to do with it.

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    Re: 7 Reasons Steak is Healthy (and Nutrients in Every Cut)

    Post by graham64 on Thu Apr 06 2017, 23:43

    I just love a good medium rare steak what's not to like  Cool admittedly I make a mess in the kitchen cos I prefer them pan fried but that's a price worth paying

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    Re: 7 Reasons Steak is Healthy (and Nutrients in Every Cut)

    Post by Jan1 on Thu May 04 2017, 23:14

    Talking about steak !

    Grilled steak with a yogurt marinade

    Serves Two
    100g (3½oz) plain yogurt
    1 clove garlic,
    crushed juice from ½ lemon
    1tsp salt
    1tbsp ground paprika
    2tbsp fresh thyme leaves
    2 steaks
    1) Mix the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, salt, paprika and thyme together in small bowl.
    2) Place the steaks in a plastic sandwich bag with the marinade, ensuring they are well covered and seal. Allow to marinate at room temperature for about an hour.
    3) Heat a griddle pan over a high heat until it’s very hot.
    4) Fry the steak for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and set aside on a warm plate to rest for about 3 minutes.

    Recipe from here

    All the best Jan

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    Re: 7 Reasons Steak is Healthy (and Nutrients in Every Cut)

    Post by Jan1 on Fri May 12 2017, 17:44

    Continuing the steak theme ...
    Just had to share this recipe idea, it's from Diet Doctor site.

    Steak with Oven Roasted Vegetables

    This dish has some fabulous flavours and although the picture and recipe show rib eye steak, this dish may also be made using pork shoulder, chicken or fish! You really do get all the flavour and satisfaction in this meal without too much hassle! Just perfect, a dish where you don't have to spend all day in the kitchen ... and hey, it's Friday (well it is as I post this) some may even want to enjoy a glass of wine with it ... optional of course!

    Serves Four
    10g carbs per serving
    1 lb /450 g broccoli
    1 whole garlic
    10 oz. / 280 g cherry tomatoes
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    1 tablespoon dried thyme or dried oregano or dried basil
    1½ lbs / 700 g ribeye steak
    salt and pepper

    Anchovy butter
    1 oz. / 28 g anchovies
    5 oz. / 140 g butter, at room temperature
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    salt and pepper

    You can make this dish with pork shoulder, chicken or fish. Adjust the time in the oven accordingly.
    For even more variation, and perhaps you are not keen on anchovy why not use another flavoured butter

    Please see cooking instructions at Diet Doctor site here

    All the best Jan

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