Not often classed as a healthy choice, a juicy steak from the right butcher and paddock can not only make a delicious mouth-watering meal but can be packed with nutrients and goodness for the whole family.
The fat content of lean red meat has reduced a great deal over the past twenty years, advanced farming methods and butchery techniques now means that lean beef contains as little as 5% fat, lean pork 4% fat and lean lamb 8% fat.
Meat produced from animals grazed on grass contain Omega 3, we know one of the best sources of omega 3 is oily fish, but health professionals tell us that most people’s diet is still lacking in omega 3. Eating meat from grass-fed beef or lamb can contribute to a healthy level of omega 3 in your diet.
Red meat is packed with protein which is essential for growth, repair and energy. Red meat provides one of the richest sources of protein containing all of the essential amino acids that we need. Protein helps to build muscle, bone, cartilage and blood, it even improves the strength and appearance of our skin and nails.
Rich in Iron, red meat is one of the best sources and is absorbed easily by the body, Iron in plants such as lentils and beans has a different chemical structure, and is absorbed less effectively. A healthy diet including red meat should contain enough iron for most adults. Iron is vital for energy metabolism, neurological development, formation of red blood cells, growth and healing, transportation of oxygen in the blood and normal immune functioning and reproduction.
The B vitamins, thiamine and riboflavin, found in red meat support skin health and stimulate the release of energy, niacin is good for digestive health. Vitamin B6 is vital for normal immune function and helps to regulate blood sugar levels.