Monday, May 28, 2012

Beef – It is NOT the Enemy

BEEF …… My favorite protein of all time.    It is NOT the enemy.  

Beef has gotten a bad rap for many years.   Do you recall Oprah and the Beef Industry debate?   Somewhere amongst all the fads in the past 10+ years, “red meat” became an evil of the nutritional world.   Red meat has saturated fat; therefore, it is labeled “bad."     EXCEPT, if you analyze the nutrition in beef, it is one of the most nutritious foods you can consume.

Just a few of the MANY reasons to eat beef:   Beef is VERY rich in complete protein.    Beef is the single best “food source” (not protein powders, etc.) to increase strength and promote muscle growth.   It contains more creatine than any other food.  Creatine is what the muscle uses for a source of fuel/energy during training.   It is also a building block in muscle regeneration/growth.    Beef is loaded with BCAAs (branch chain amino acids), iron, carnitine. potassium, magnesium, zinc, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid - a potent antioxidant),  B6 and B12.

Pick lean beef cuts such as lean ground beef, sirloin tip steak, top sirloin, top round and eye of round.   In addition, I advise going with a beef source that you know.   Try to find one that does not use growth hormones and antibiotics in their beef operations.   

Stay tuned……….

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