A generation or two ago, our parents and grandparents viewed beef as a nutritious health food.
These days it’s much different, and opinion is split between whether beef is healthful or harms our health.
Some of the more extreme vegan views even call for the authorities to remove meat from the food supply.
Whatever our opinion on red meat might be, there are some important health benefits of eating beef.
Protein is the building block our body uses to repair and make bone, skin, and cartilage.
Sufficient protein helps us to build and maintain lean muscle mass.
Out of all macronutrients, protein is the most satiating, and it discourages food cravings.
Beef is packed with health-promoting amino acids, and it’s one of the single biggest sources of protein in the human diet.
For instance, a 6oz (170g) portion of 80% lean beef provides 46g protein.
Should we opt for a leaner variety of beef, the protein content can be even higher.
2. Beef is Extremely Rich in Minerals
If you’re looking to increase your intake of various minerals, then beef is one of the best options to consider.
First of all, beef is relatively nutrient-dense in minerals.
Here we can see the mineral content of 80% lean beef
Mineral Name Amount per 6oz portion (% RDI)
As shown in the table, beef provides more than half of the day’s recommended amount of selenium and zinc.
Many people have deficiency issues with some of these minerals.
So, the nutritional value of beef can help fight prevalent global deficiencies in iron, magnesium, and zinc
3. Eating Beef Helps Prevent Iron Deficiency Anemia
We touched on mineral deficiencies in the last point, but iron deficiency anemia deserves a mention of its own.
Sadly, iron deficiency anemia is a growing epidemic around the world.
In a developed country such as the United States, nutrient deficiencies shouldn’t be a cause of death, yet anemia kills thousands every year.
To be exact, the latest release of statistics showed that Anemia hospitalized 146,000 Americans in one year. 5,219 of these people died.
Globally it’s even worse, and according to the World Health Organization, 1.62 billion people suffer from iron deficiency anemia
4. Beef Contains Carnosine
Another advantage of eating beef is that it provides an abundance of carnosine.
Carnosine (beta-analyl-L-histidine) is a compound created by the combination of the amino acids alanine and histidine. It is found throughout the body, and it has several important roles in human health.
As beef is one of the highest sources of carnosine (containing about 50% more than poultry), this is another health benefit.
What Does Carnosine Do?
For one thing, carnosine has anti-glycosylation properties.
To be exact, carnosine reduces the harms of a process called ‘glycation’ which involves advanced glycation end-products.
Glycation is central to the aging process and progressively damages our body, potentially leading to atherosclerosis and various other chronic diseases.
Additionally, carnosine helps boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. The compound is also thought to help prevent lipid peroxidation within our cells.
5. Beef is Full of Vitamins
There are many important nutrients in beef, and those present in significant amounts include the range of B vitamins.
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Additionally, beef also contains smaller amounts of vitamins E and K.
Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is a notably essential nutrient, and this is because it is only available from animal foods.
This vitamin also has a wealth of benefits that include skin improvements, positive mood, better sleep, and neural regeneration.
It’s important to realize that insufficient vitamin B12 may also increase the risk of depression and mental health issues.
Fortunately, a 6oz serving of beef provides almost 100% of the recommended amount of B12.
Those most at risk from B12 deficiency are vegetarians/vegans, and these groups should supplement with the vitamin.
6. Beef Contains the Performance Enhancer Creatine
Almost everyone knows the dietary supplement version of creatine, but did you know that beef contains it too?
In fact, beef typically contains 350mg creatine per 100g
The health benefits that creatine bring include;
- Improved exercise performance
- Creatine assists in muscle growth and development
- Provides muscles with greater energy supply and improves endurance
- Increased muscular size
It’s also worth noting that our liver can produce about 2g creatine per day, depending on the pre-cursors being available.
Creatine precursors include arginine, glycine, and methionine.
Not only are all of these amino acids present in beef, but beef is one of the single most significant dietary sources for them.
In other words, eating beef gives you a decent amount of dietary creatine, and it helps your body to produce it too
7. Beef is Very Affordable
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Beef contains dozens of health-promoting nutrients that we need in our diet.
Overall, it is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the human diet, and it has many health benefits.
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