The title might throw you off a bit, due to all the negative attention that red meat has gotten over the years, but when you start to look at the real science behind the health benefits of red meat it becomes clear that it should be a staple of a healthy diet. The negative press that red meat has received appears to come from a lot of myths of saturated fats, as well as relying on research techniques called food frequency questioner (FFQ). These FFQ’s are given to people and they try to recall what they ate in the past as well as the portion size. This information is then broken down and analyzed to come up with trends between dietary choices and health status over a wide range of people. More of this is talked about in the video below.
It is one thing to make conclusions off of shaky data and poor food combinations, but what about when we look just at the nutrient content of meat. Red meat is a rich source of vitamin B12, which is vital to proper functioning of nearly every system in your body. Other nutrients found in red meat include Vitamin D, zinc, and significant levels of other vital minerals such as magnesium, copper, cobalt, phosphorus, chromium, nickel, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folate, niacin, and vitamin B6, and selenium. Also, probably the biggest benefit of red meat is its fatty acid profile. Yes, its fat profile. Often vilified for being to fatty the fat in red meat is actually good for you. I will cover the benefits of saturated fats in another article and video in the near future.
I realize that for some people this information can sound completely off the wall and opposite to everything you have heard in the past, so I encourage you to do more research on your own about the subject. A great place to start would be here.