People love to dive into the meaty dishes at the celebrated occasion of Eid-ul-Adha. Beef, which is classified as red meat is what most of us like better than others. Whether you are at your own home or at your friend’s or any relative’s place, you witness the dining table decorated with all kinds of beef dishes. Be it minced, grounded or roasted, we love it in every form. Beef is not only temptingly tasty but also has a lot of nutrients in store for our body.
This article will enlighten you regarding beef nutrition facts which you should know this Eid and remember for the coming ones.
PROTEIN STEALING THE LIMELIGHT:
The major constituent of beef is protein. The lean beef when cooked has around 26-27% of protein. Since it is animal protein, it contains all 8 essential amino acids which ensure healthy growth and maintenance of our bodies. Eating beef improves our muscles’ health and growth.
FAT, THE RUNNER UP:
The palatable flavor of beef comes from its fat content. Lean meat is generally low in fat, containing only 5-10% of it. On the other hand, processed meat products, such as sausages are usually high in fat. It depends on the animal’s age, breed, feed and gender. Both saturated and monounsaturated fats are present in equal amounts in beef, which are responsible for providing the calorie and energy content.
A wide range of vitamins is abundantly found in beef. These include:
- Vitamin B3: Also known as Niacin, vitamin B3 decreases the risk of dangerous heart diseases.
- Vitamin B6: The main function of this vitamin is to form blood cells in our bodies.
- Vitamin B12: Beef is an excellent source of dietary fibers which play an important role in blood formation and improve the function of brain and nervous system.
Following is the list of minerals found in beef:
- Iron: Great amounts of iron are present in beef, in the form of heme which makes it easy to be absorbed.
- Zinc: This mineral helps in the healthy growth and maintenance of the body.
- Phosphorus: It is also very beneficial for the healthy development of the body.
WHICH CUTS TO CHOOSE AND HOW TO STORE BEEF?
The pieces which appear to be the reddest and contain small streaks of fat are the ones with the most flavor and nutrients. So, always look for the firm pieces which have a fresh, pleasant odor instead of the stale ones having a nasty odor.
Storing meat for later use is a common custom related to Eid-ul-Adha. It is important to know that the extra meat which you would not be cooking the very first day should be refrigerated or kept in the freezer as soon as possible. However, it should be properly wrapped up in plastic sheet or storage bags to keep it fresh and fit to be eaten.
ON THE DARKER SIDE:
Despite of all these nutrients that beef possesses, its overconsumption might prove to be unhealthy and cause health complications, such as heart diseases, cancer, beef tapeworm and iron overload. Therefore, do not cross the limit while consuming beef dishes this Eid because prevention is undoubtedly better than cure.