Beef Nutrition Facts
If you are or have ever wondered how nutritious Beef is, then this may be a helpful post to read through. In this article I have found some key points about all the good things that you can get from eating Beef. Our USDA Beef is single sourced, which means that our cuts are 100% Our Black Angus Cattle. We do this to maintain the richness in flavor and marbling with our cuts. This is done by making our own feed here at the farm. Not only are we mixing our own feed, but we also grow a good portion of it in our fields. Click on the link to read about the health benefits of Pork
When it comes to eating Beef, you always want to ensure that you are preparing your protein to the optimum temperature, of 125 degrees for Rare, 140 degrees for Medium, and 160 degrees for Well-done (before removing from a heat source), letting your Pork rest for at least 3 minutes after removing from the heat source will also ensure that it is safe to eat. Check out our Meat Temp Blog for additional details
Large Source of L-Carnitine
L-carnitine is an amino acid that occurs naturally in natural meat products. With other functions, it contributes a part in fat metabolism. As part of this, L-Carnitine helps in the transporting of fats into our mitochondria for burning. It’s important to say that your body can synthesize amounts of L-carnitine for general needs.
Provides “Master Antioxidant” Glutathione
Commonly known as ‘master antioxidant,’ glutathione has a result in research linking to:
- Anti-aging benefits
- Increasing longevity
- Preventing illness
- Reducing the risk of chronic disease
- Strengthening the immune system
Helping to protect every cell in our body from cellular damage, which can lead to a multitude of chronic diseases. On the other hand, a lack in glutathione contributes to oxidative stress and inflammation. So, keeping glutathione levels high is very important for overall health. So how can we keep our glutathione levels high?
First, our body produces glutathione internally on its own. Our body uses raw materials (amino acids) to make glutathione. For this process to occur, we should have acceptable levels of amino acids cysteine, glutamate, and glycine. These amino acids are known as glutathione precursors, and each of these are present in beef. On a positive note, beef also contains a reasonably high source of complete (pre-formed) dietary glutathione.
Did you know? Glutathione detoxes our body better than any ‘detox plan’ or supplement can.
High in Protein and Improves Muscle Mass
There are numerous reasons why we should be sure to a sufficient protein intake.
- Protein is a building block your body uses to make and repair bone, skin, and cartilage.
- Sufficient protein helps to build and maintain lean muscle mass.
- Protein is the most satiating and discourages food cravings.
Beef is packed with health-promoting amino acids, 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. In leaner beef cuts the protein content can be even higher.
Beef is Extremely Rich in Minerals
If you’re looking to increase your minerals, then beef is one of the best options to consider. Beef is relatively nutrient-dense in many minerals. Such as iron, magnesium, and zinc. With including beef in your diet it can also help deficiency issues with some of these minerals as well.
Did you know? Beef is rich in several essential minerals—especially iron, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc.
Contains Carnosine, a Potent Amino Acid
An advantage of eating beef is that it provides an abundance of carnosine. Carnosine (beta-analyl-L-histidine) is an amino acid found throughout your body, and it has several important roles in your health. As beef is one of the highest sources of carnosine (about 50% more than poultry).
Full of Vitamins
There are many important nutrients in beef, and those present in significant amounts include the range of B vitamins; also contains smaller amounts of vitamins E and K.
Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is an essential nutrient because it is only available from animal foods. This vitamin has an abundance of benefits that include skin improvements, positive mood, better sleep, and neural regeneration. Fortunately, a 6oz serving provides almost 100% of the recommended amount of B12.
Did you know? Vitamin B12 is particularly important since it isn’t present in plant-based foods.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid
Known as CLA, conjugated linoleic acid is a naturally occurring trans-fat. Although the “trans-fat” name is a little scary, it has a very different effect from the synthetic version. Randomized controlled studies involving human participants suggest that;
- Conjugated linoleic acid helps to improve insulin sensitivity
- CLA appears to promote fat loss
The bulk of the evidence suggests that getting CLA from real food is better than supplements.
Contains Performance Enhancer Creatine
Just about everyone knows the dietary supplement version of creatine (Protein shakes), but did you know that beef contains it too? In fact, beef typically contains 350mg creatine per 100g.The health benefits of creatine:
- Improved exercise performance
- Assists in muscle growth and development
- Provides muscles with greater energy and improves endurance
- Increased muscular size
Key Point: Beef has two positive impacts on creatine levels. Firstly, it directly provides it to the body and secondly, it helps the body to make it.