What is it with beef? You can have a meal with chicken – yep, it’s nice. You can eat roast duck – yummy with julienned cucumbers and onion, in a pancake and with hoisin sauce. That’s better.

But it’s only beef which causes you to stay fed, to stay full, to feel you’ve really had a meal. And as MHlists says:

Most people consider turkey, chicken, and fish healthy, yet think they should avoid red meat—or only choose very lean cuts—since they’ve always been told that it’s high in saturated fat.

But there are two problems in that thinking. The first problem is that almost half of the fat in beef is a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid—the same heart-healthy fat that’s found in olive oil. Second, most of the saturated fat in beef actually decreases your heart-disease risk—either by lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol, or by reducing your ratio of total cholesterol to HDL (good) cholesterol.

And besides being one of the most available sources of high-quality protein, beef also provides many important nutrients such as iron, zinc, and B vitamins. So the idea that beef is bad for you couldn’t be further from the truth.

We’re being given so much contradictory garbage these days – hey look, beef has fed the warrior and the schoolboy [and girl] for millennia – what’s with the modern preoccupation with “not healthy”? If anything’s not healthy, it’s the sedentary lifestyle and the worry of modern life.

And another thing:

Red wine prolongs life: scientists uncover how ‘miracle ingredient’ boosts body’s cell energy

16 comments for “Beef

  1. Voice of Reason
    May 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I prefer duck, lamb, goat and pork to beef, since they taste better to me.

    • May 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      And how about game bird?

      • May 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm

        Ooooh, game! Now you’re talking… 😉

        • Lerxst
          May 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm

          Indeed. I love beef, but if there’s one meat that surpasses it, it’s a good, bloody bit of venison.

      • Voice of Reason
        May 2, 2012 at 7:06 pm

        I’ve had wild and domestic pheasant, and much prefer the former. Other than that, I’ve only had quail once.

      • May 2, 2012 at 7:28 pm

        I had Suzi behind the chippy. She was a game bird.

        • May 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm

          After the fry-up or before?

          • May 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm

            She wasn’t going to buy me a fry up before!

  2. May 2, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Bison consumption in the States has been increasing in recent years.
    High in protein, iron, and omega-3 & 6’s, and lower in fat and cholesterol than beef.

    • May 2, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      Well, your Bison Bill is famous, is he not?

      • May 3, 2012 at 3:00 am

        Alas, yes, as I am a fan of bison wings, especially of the spicy variety.

  3. Single Acts of Tyranny
    May 3, 2012 at 7:21 am

    I have a pet theory that the reason India can’t produce fast bowlers but Pakistan can is that the former don’t eat beef.

    Yes, I know it’s wildly theoretical and based on a tiny data set, so I expect to be appointed to the government soon.

  4. Peter MacFarlane
    May 3, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Beef is best, but it has to be good beef.

    The kind of stuff you find in a supermarket will not do: produced down to a price, corn-fed, grown too quickly, underhung, artificially-coloured, tough, low-fat and tasteless.

    Find a proper butcher who buys beasts that have been kept in good welfare conditions, not grown too fast, fed as much as possible on grass, of an old traditional breed (Dexter and Longhorn are both good), and then well hung after slaughtering.

    Roast in the Aga.

    Enjoy with some fine claret or a decent chewy Chianti Classico.

    Yum yum.

  5. Greg Tingey
    May 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    “But it’s only beef which causes you to stay fed, to stay full, to feel you’ve really had a meal”

    We just had a superb belly of Pork this weekend.
    Goose will fill you up niocely, as will a good Norfolk Black Turkey.

    Try again

  6. KG
    May 5, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Here, (Western Queensland) we often eat kangaroo (or wallaby) which is low in fat and delicious casseroled. But beef is better.

  7. June 1, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Beef is nice at Christmas, however, I do not believe that you can beat the flavour of a free range Norfolk Black turkey. The bird matures slowly and with a layer of fat under the breast skin, the taste is sublime.

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