Is Beef For Breakfast Healthy?

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Beef burrito for breakfastBeef is one of the most popularly served breakfast meat, however, it is unfortunately a tainted meat. While there are groups professing against eating meat and calling it blasphemous, there are others who promote beef eating as the most natural and healthy dietary habit. However, in this volley of ideas, common people are left wondering what is right, is red meat such as beef healthy or not, can a person eat beef for breakfast and not harm himself, etc. This article focuses on these very questions, from a purely nutritional point of view …


 


 


Nutritional Composition


Beef is one of the most common breakfast proteins in this part of the world. It is usually served as ground meat, steak, or jerky. Since, the nutritional composition of each of these products varies; their approximate proximate principals per serving of the beef have been detailed out individually here…


 









 


Ground beef


Sirloin steak


Beef jerky


Calories


220 kcal


200 Kcal


250 Kcal


Total fat


15 gm


10 gm


15 gm


Saturated fat


6 gm


5 gm


10 gm


Cholesterol


75 mg


60 mg


70 mg


Protein


22 gm


24 gm


21 gm


Sodium


82 mg


50 mg


1200 mg


 


Beef typically has no or very small amounts of carbohydrates. Apart from the principal nutrients, all beef products provide 15% iron and 5% calcium.


 


Health benefits of eating Beef:


Even though beef is one of the notorious red meats, it is not devoid of health benefits. It is one of the easily available protein rich foods. Apart from being a major source of protein, it has several other nutritional values that help promote and maintain health.


 


  • Being a rich source of calcium and phosphorus, eating beef helps prevent osteoporosis and bone demineralization. In several African nations, beef is one of the only affordable sources of calcium and its regular consumption goes a long way in preventing bone deformities.


 


  • Beef might be the richest source of iron available in easily absorbable form. This makes it an important diet inclusion especially for females in their reproductive age.


 


  • Is beef for breakfast healthyBeef is a good source of vitamin B6 and B12. These vitamins are involved in cancer prevention, and accumulation of toxic compounds like Homocysteine in the body.


 


  • Zinc and selenium are found in their most absorbable forms in beef. These antioxidant nutrients are known anti ageing compounds and help prevent inflammatory conditions like arthritis and Rheumatism. 


 


  • Unlike the popular belief that the high cholesterol content of beef leads to heart diseases, beef is a good source of CLA ( conjugated dienole linoleic acid ), which is purported to reverse various types of cancers and reduce cardio vascular disease risk. Moreover, research has shown that trans fat is the main culprit for progression of heart disease, and natural beef has “Zero trans fat.”


 


 


Side effects of eating Beef for breakfast:


In spite of all the health benefits of beef, the side effects cannot be ignored either. Here is a list of the most potent harms that regular consumption of beef can cause…


  • A beefy breakfast can lead to “protein overdose,” which can result in kidney failure, aberrations in liver function, and demineralization of bones due to high sulfur intake.


 


  • Beef is believed to contain a potentially carcinogenic compound called dixoin.


 


  • Almost all red meats are at a higher risk of e-coli and salmonella contamination. In the morning rush, it is more likely that the breakfast beef may not be cooked to the right temperature putting a person at a higher risk of contracting these fatal infections.


 


  • One cannot possibly ignore the high saturated fat content of beef. A high fat breakfast is known to cause more damage to blood vessels than latter in the day.


 


  • Processed beef products like corned beef and jerky are very high in sodium and contraindicated for hypertensive patients.


 


  • A healthy breakfast must include proper proportions of protein, fat and carbohydrates. But beef fails to measure up on this account. It provides way too much of fat and proteins but no carbohydrates.


 


 


So, beef is one of those foods, which call for minimalism. Even though, you need not eliminate beef from your breakfast, do follow the path of moderation. Also, combine beef with a fiber rich food like whole wheat bread or oatmeal to reduce the negative effects consuming red meat.


 


 Image credits: hibeaultstable.com, norcalbbq.blogspot.in 

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