Red Meat Facts: Why Eat Beef Once a Week

Wondering about red meat facts?

Red meat is one food that people often don’t know how much of they should eat. Different health experts will say different things about how often you should eat red meat, but lately, the consensus is leaning toward eating it once or twice a week.

That means you should be eating beef, pork, lamb, veal, venison, or goat at least once every seven days.

Of those options, beef is one of the most popular. Keep reading to learn about red meat facts and why you should eat beef once a week (and to get some ideas for how to prepare it).

Vitamins and Minerals

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Red meat—including beef—is full of important vitamins and minerals that your body needs to stay healthy. Beef is a great source of iron, zinc, B vitamins, and protein. Iron helps your body produce the hemoglobin your blood needs to carry oxygen around your body.

Zinc helps your immune system stay healthy, and it can heal damaged tissue. B vitamins promote brain health and help your body’s enzymes and cells function properly. And protein keeps your muscle healthy. Eating beef every week will get these essential vitamins and minerals into your body in a delicious way.

Portion Sizes

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Beef may be full of wonderful vitamins and minerals, but you still have to pay attention to portion size and fat content. Beef also contains cholesterol and saturated fats, which can negatively affect your blood, so when you eat it every week, you should eat only a certain amount of certain cuts.

People without heart disease or high cholesterol should eat no more than six ounces of beef a week, and people with these health problems should eat no more than three ounces a week. Try to eat lean cuts of steak such as flank and tenderloin and ground beef that’s at least 90 percent lean.

However, if you are craving red meat and want to know why, read about red meat cravings here.

Cooking Methods

For the best health benefits and flavor, cook your steaks and ground beef using dry cooking methods such as grilling, baking, and poaching. Choose your cooking method based on what tools you have available and the best way to prepare the cut of meat.

For example, grilling burgers is a great choice if you have a grill and ground beef, because grilling seals in the delicious flavors while letting the unhealthy fat drip out. If you don’t have a grill, though, baking burgers on a cooking rack that allows the fat to drip out works just as well. And while grilling steaks is the most popular cooking method for those delicious slices of red meat, you can also poach them to perfection.

Now you know the red meats facts and why you should eat beef once a week, how much you should eat, what type of cuts you should eat, and the best ways to prepare them. Beef and all varieties of red meat will give you the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy and strong.

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