Maybe you like yours pan fried in Parisian butter. Or grilled over a proper wood-fire braai. Hopefully not stuffed with cheese and mussels.
No matter how you like it - a prime, thick, juicy cut of steak is one of the most delicious foods on the planet. Yet some “experts” still bleat on about how unhealthy it is for you. All that saturated fat will clog your arteries, or that red meat causes cancer.
Sure - factory-farmed beef is not great for you, but the fact is most of those health concerns are nothing but a load of …bull. In fact, numerous studies show saturated fat and cholesterol in steak will not clog your arteries. Studies also show that the link between red meat and cancer is weak at best.
It's one of the best foods for weight loss
Red meat is rich in saturated fats and protein, both of which increase satiety and reduce food cravings. It’s also low in carbohydrates, which have been shown to increase levels of insulin.
It's a great source of nutrients
Iron: helps deliver oxygen to the cells in your body
Vitamin A: necessary for healthy vision
B-vitamins: responsible for converting food into energy
Vitamin E: antioxidant which can help prevent cell damage and keeps skin healthy
Zinc: key part of immune system function and wound healing
Phosphorus: a building block of DNA and also important for muscle function
Potassium: can help reduce high blood pressure
Great for a healthy heart
Grass fed beef is rich in two important fats: omega-3 fatty acids and CLA. There is good evidence that omega-3s help reduce blood clots, blood pressure, and plaque build-up in your arteries.
It's thought that CLA also plays an important role in heart health. Some studies show that CLA may prevent plaque formation in the blood vessels. It may also have beneficial effects on diabetes, cancer prevention, and weight loss.
Need a testosterone boost?
Cholesterol is the building block of testosterone. Cholesterol is also created in the body using saturated fat. And your juicy ribeye steak has got plenty of both.
Studies show that saturated fat intake is directly correlated to increased testosterone levels.
Enhance muscle growth
The combination of protein, nutrients, and (testosterone-boosting) cholesterol make steak a perfect food to feed your muscles:
- The protein provides the basic building material for muscle.
- Iron ensures your muscles are getting enough oxygen to grow, while the B-vitamins help get
enough energy delivered to them.
- Testosterone helps stimulate muscle growth; which is why men tend to have more muscle
mass than women.
And besides, ChickenBoyz would have just sounded weird.
Yours in health,