When you hear meat, what comes to mind? You’re probably thinking of long knives that cut red looking skin into smaller bits or a tray of dark brown great looking flesh dipped in oil and surrounded in the full glory of pepper…Stop drooling and get in here,let us discuss the nutritional benefits of red meat first.
Meat is all of these things and many more. But meat doesn’t mean just meat, Just like many other things for a proper understanding of range, meat has been classified.
This classification is largely red meat and white meat. Red meat refers to meat that is red when raw, this category majorly features meat from cattle, pig, sheep etc.
White meat, on the other hand, accounts for meat from animals like turkey and chicken. They are white when raw and retain their white colour when they are cooked. For the purpose of this article, we’ll consider red meat.
What are the Nutritional Benefits of Red Meat?
- Red meat is rich in creatine and carnosine. These nutrients play a role in brain function and muscle development.
2. They are a good sources of Vitamin B3 which helps lower cholesterol, ease arthritis and boost brain function.
3. Red meat contains vitamin B12 which helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent a type of anemia. Interestingly, vitamin B12 cannot be obtained from plant sources.
4. Red meat also contains vitamin B6 which helps the body store and use energy obtained from food. Vitamin B6 also helps in the formation of haemoglobin.
5. Iron – Red Meat supplies heme iron – the type that is easily absorbed by your body. Haemoglobin is produced from iron. Meat factor is another concept of meat that is worthy of mention. With meat factor, the consumption of meat helps with the effective utilization of other sources of meat consumed. This means not only does meat provide iron that the body can effectively utilize, it also helps the body utilize iron from other food sources.
6. Selenium – Asides from boosting your immune system, selenium plays an important role in helping you protect against the damage of oxidative stress.
7. Zinc – for your sense of smell and taste to work well, you need zinc. Zinc also plays an important role in wound healing, metabolism function and in helping your immune system.
8. Protein – Animal protein is usually of high quality, containing all nine essential amino acids needed for the growth and maintenance of your body. The protein in red meat is a good source of protein. Meat protein is one of the most complete dietary sources of protein, its amino acid profile being almost identical to that of your own muscles. This protein makes protein play an important role in maintaining muscle mass and preventing the loss of muscle mass as you age (sarcopenia).
Article written by Oluwatoyosi Alajoke Ogunsola, a registered nutritionist and nutrition educator.
Edited by Sophia Jerome
Read the part two of this post “Side effect of red meat” by opening the blog link http://sophyfoodblog.com/side-effect-of-red-meat/