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Did you know that annually we here in the US consume 26 billion pounds of beef? And yet there are so many strange myths about beef that are completely untrue that everyone one of us has heard and believes to be the gospel truth. Let me tell you about the ones that anger me the most.
5 Myths about Beef that you did not know.
Beef is the most popular amongst all varieties of meat in many parts of the world and enjoys the status of being the primary ingredient in most American dishes, such as Roast Beef and Potatoes, Tacos, a good ole Ribeye Steak Dinner and the American classic Hamburgers. Then why is it not recommended?
There are several well know myths about this red meat, some of which are elaborated as follows –
Myth #1- Red meat (Beef) is dangerous to your health
Fact – Not just doctors but people also advise that beef is bad for your health. This is probably the most discussed and well known myth pertaining to beef. It has been said that beef increases the risk of heart disease by causing cholesterol levels to rise. However, this is truly a myth.
Contrary to this belief, eating lean beef in adequate quantities is considered by experts as part of the heart-healthy diet. Instead of increasing cholesterol, it can aid in lowering your cholesterol and decreasing the risk of heart disease. Now, this does not mean that you can binge and order the biggest steak on the menu. Fact remains that you should eat lean and small portions of red meat as a part of a heart healthy diet.
Myth #2- Vegan is a healthier life style as compared to someone who eats beef
Fact - Though vegetarians seem healthier as far as appearance is concerned when compared to meat-eaters and especially beef eaters, this too is a myth. Most vegetarians desire this lifestyle because of strong beliefs concerning not eating anything that may have been killed for the benefit of food. According to experts a well-balanced diet includes a small portion of lean meat or poultry (boneless and skinless), vegetables, fruit, whole grain, and low fat diary on a daily basis.
Studies have proven that there is risk associated with being a Vegan mainly because a vegan diet is bereft of several nutrients. In fact, articles published in health magazines have stated that it takes a combination of a plant based diet that includes lean meats and fish to remain at your best in terms of attitude, appearance and health.
Myth #3- Beta- Agonist is bad for my health
Fact - Beta-Agonist is the name of a steroid that is administered to cattle which fosters rapid and often unnatural growth. However, this is not true. Beta- Agonist is given to cattle to ration food and food consumption. Its main purpose is to build the animal’s physique by rendering it more lean and muscular. This is actually healthier for the cattle and hence for beef eaters. Studies have shown that Beta-Agonist is safe for cow and humans which dispels this myth completely.
Myth #4 - Meatless Mondays Campaign
Fact - Though Meatless Mondays are a great way to distract McDonalds and Jack n Box lovers from gorging out on a fatty Big Mac or Jack Jr’s with cheese, the truth remains that it is also causing people to consume less than the recommended amount of beef. As per nutritionists, a normal human diet must include 1.8 oz of beef daily, including Mondays.
Myth #5 - By shunning meat I am living a healthier lifestyle
Fact – It always feels good to be able to contribute to a cause that seems to be so significant towards the betterment of society. However, shunning meat completely is definitely not one of them and it will certainly not improve your health. On the contrary it may contribute to other issues impacting our society, such as having children agree not to eat as much fast food, and thus keep obesity rates in check.