The latest dietary guidelines encourage us to eat less red meat. Thankfully, Nutrition Diva is here to show you how to have your steak and eat it too.
4 Ways to Make Red Meat Healthy
Eating meat (red or otherwise) is strictly optional, of course. But if you want to include red meat in your diet, I think you can. And how you prepare it, how much of it you eat, and what you eat with it all matter. Here are 4 guidelines for keeping it healthy:
Keep it wet. Cooking red meat with moist heat helps prevent the formation of inflammatory and carcinogenic compounds Stewing, braising, sous-vide, and slow-cookers are all excellent methods. As a bonus, these cooking methods are a great way to tenderize less expensive cuts of meat.
Spice it up. If you want to grill, broil, or roast your meat, you can greatly decrease the formation of harmful compounds by using marinades and spice rubs. I have more details on that in my episode on Grilled Meat and Cancer
Pair with potatoes. Researchers have discovered that eating more resistant starch might block the cancer-promoting effects of red meat in the colon. Whole grains and legumes contain resistant starch. Cooking and cooling potatoes and pasta also creates resistant starch. So pair that burger or steak with some pasta or potato salad, whole grain pilaf, or twice baked potatoes. See also: What Are Resistant Starches?
Don't eat it every day. So often, we take an overly black-and-white view of foods. A food is either good for you, in which case you should eat it in massive quantities. Or it's bad for you, in which case, it should never pass your lips. How about something in between? Red meat is a nutritious food - but one that should be enjoyed in moderation and as part of a varied diet.
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