Red meat can be a useful part of a high performance diet. Its a good source of protein, zinc, B12 and bioavailable iron. It also contains some key performance nutrients such as carnosine, taurine, and creatine which are difficult to get from other foods. But some people are afraid to eat red meat because of the many myths surrounding it.
5. BROCCOLI HAS MORE PROTEIN THAN RED MEAT Don’t get us wrong. Broccoli is a great food but it simply doesn’t have more protein than red meat. An 8oz sirloin steak has about 60 grams of protein. To get this same amount of protein from raw broccoli you would need to eat about 5 lbs.of the stuff. Also, vegetable proteins are incomplete proteins so even after eating a bucket full of broccoli you still would not be able to meet your daily requirements of all the essential amino acids.
4. RED MEAT CAUSES CANCER Eating red meat doesn’t CAUSE cancer. There is a difference between a cause and an association. While it is true that meat eaters have higher rates of bowel cancer compared to vegetarians, most of these studies didn’t differentiate between people who ate red meats only and people who also ate processed deli meats, which we know to be a cause of cancer.
3. RED MEAT IS FULL OF HORMONES First off, most naturally occurring foods from both animals and plants contain hormones in tiny amounts. In the USA beef cattle and sheep are the only animals where hormone implants are permitted. Usually the female hormone estrogen is used to speed up meat production. In Europe no hormonal implants are allowed whatsoever. To put things in perspective, a pound of regular beef has about 9 Nano grams of estrogen, a pound of hormone implanted beef has about 12 Nano grams of estrogen and a pound of cabbage has over 10,000 Nano grams of estrogen. This may sound like a lot of estrogens but eating cabbage is never going to make you grow boobs and neither is eating red meat.
2. SATURATED FAT FROM RED MEAT IS BAD FOR YOUR HEART Contrary to popular belief, most of the fats found in red meat are actually monounsaturated fats. These are similar to the type of fat in olive oil. Saturated fats are the second most common type of fats found in red meat. The jury is still out as to exactly which types of fats are best for your heart. However, one thing is for certain; you definitely should eliminate trans fats from vegetable oil out of your diet for a healthy heart.
1. THE AVERAGE PERSON HAS 5LBS OF UNDIGESTED MEAT IN THEIR GUT Red meat is not a difficult food to digest and it doesn’t take any longer than other foods to assimilate. We make many specific enzymes that cleave the meat proteins into smaller peptides and amino acids. These are easily absorbed so it would be very unusual to have any undigested meat leftover by the time it reaches the colon In fact, you are far more likely to have undigested plant matter in your bowels in the form of dietary fibre. We lack the enzymes to break down and absorb certain kinds of carbohydrate which we call fibre. This is either broken down by the gut bacteria or it passes straight through us.
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