STEWARDS OF THE LAND.....

STEWARDS OF THE LAND.....
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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The GOOD news about beef!? Yes, the GREAT news about eating meat!

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Many people believe that they cannot eat beef; they believe that beef is BAD, or harmful and should be avoided. Sadly, they cling to this biased and unfounded thought, when it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Even if they like the flavor or taste of meat, they avoid it.

Well, the good news is that this is a MYTH…one fallacy after another.

Even the FAT in beef is not all bad! How can that be true? Well, the beef industry is raising beef that is leaner and contains less visible fat than it did just 10 years ago. Also, it’s now been proven that HALF the fatty acids in beef are monounsaturated, the same heart-healthy kind of fat that is found in olive oil.

AND:

32% of the saturated fat in beef is stearic acid, which studies show has a neutralizing effect on blood cholesterol levels.

Beef is the BEST source of iron -- called heme-iron -- and the easiest to be absorbed into the body. It is far superior to spinach, so move over Popeye!

Beef is easy to digest and aids in the healing of the body.

MORE GOOD NEWS:

There are at least 29 cuts of beef classified as lean or extra lean, according to USDA labeling guidelines, and these cuts contain 6.2 grams of total fat and 2.3 grams of saturated fatty acids per 3-ounce serving.

So? If that’s what you’re looking for, look for these cuts of meat: eye of the round, top round, round tip, top sirloin, bottom round, top loin, tenderloin and flank steak.

AND THERE’S EVEN MORE GOOD NEWS!

Beef contains conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid that recently has sparked a lot of interest in the scientific community, due to its numerous potential health benefits. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a fatty acid found naturally in beef and dairy products. Animal studies have shown it to have many benefits.

THESE INCLUDE:
CLA has been found to be more powerful than any other fatty acid in preventing the formation and slowing the growth of cancerous tumors.

CLA can help to decrease body fat and increase lean muscle mass.

CLA appears to help normalize blood glucose levels and can help prevent diabetes.

CLA is believed to contribute to a healthy heart by helping to lower
serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

CLA stimulates the immune system and is believed to have positive effects on bone health.

AND, HERE’S A BIT MORE GOOD NEWS FOR GOOD NUTRITION!

Every body needs ZINC. It plays an essential role in: growth and development; maintaining the immune system; healing of wounds; even in taste perception and appetite control.

There's much more to say about BEEF'S benefits, too.....in comparison to other meats, it contains trace minerals, including selinium. All GOOD things for your body!

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