Lately, when asked “what’s for dinner?” we’ve been leery of answering in line with the 1990’s ad campaign: beef!
After all, isn’t red meat supposed to be bad for your cholesterol, blood pressure, heart, and waistline?
Actually…no. It doesn’t have to be.
Now hold on, don’t fire up your grill just yet. Let’s prepare the proper grocery list first, because with the right kind of meat, and other ingredients, beef certainly can be what’s for dinner!
In fact, done right, burgers can be the perfect food!
Okay, I know you’re curious…and salivating, so let’s dive right in.
Beef – Healthy Or Unhealthy?
First of all, what’s the deal, right?
We’ve been told for several years now that consuming too much (or in some cases any at all) red meat is just a heart attack waiting to happen.
You know the drill, the doc says that eating delicious burgers are putting you at risk for:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cardiovascular disease
- Some cancers
And, besides the laundry list of diseases, the other detriments associated with red meat include statements such as “it’s high in saturated fat,” or “it’s high in cholesterol.”
But, you know what…they’re right.
Well, there went your reason to fire up the grill, right?
Like most things in life, not all red meat is created equally. Well…maybe it’s all created equally, but how it’s raised makes all the difference.
You see, there’s a vast difference between conventional beef and grass-fed beef.
Due to the high demand for conventional beef, the conditions in which most cows are raised isn’t pretty.
Many factory farms feed their cows corn, wheat, soy, and just about anything else you can imagine with the sole intent of fattening them up.
Just what’s in that “about anything else you can imagine” list? Ice cream, candy, and cereal to name a few. Are you surprised? Yeah, I was too!
And, antibiotics and hormones are often administered to conventional beef cattle raised in these factory farms to make them grow more quickly and remain “well” in their overcrowded environment.
And, all of this equates to an end product, in this case a burger, that just isn’t meant to be consumed often, if you want to remain healthy.
But, what about grass-fed beef?
Grass-fed beef comes from cows that are raised first on their mother’s milk, then they only eat grass.
Grass-fed cattle, by and large, also receive fewer hormones and antibiotics than conventionally raised cattle.
But, though I’m sure you can call into question the candy and extras used to fatten up conventional cattle, why isn’t corn, soy, and grain okay? Why feed cattle a grass-fed diet?
Take it from the mouth of a cattle farmer, “ a cow’s digestive system is built to digest grasses and pasture plants and isn’t designed to handle a high grain diet.”
A cow’s stomach, divided into 4 parts, contains gut flora (beneficial bacteria) just like a human. And, for the cow, a diet made up of 100% grass has exactly what their gut flora need to thrive and thus benefit their entire body (all systems and organs).
Therefore, grass-fed cattle have balanced digestive and immune systems, and their meat and milk are far more nutritious because of it.
Let’s look at a few stats:
- Since eating a diet of 100% grass, grass-fed cattle naturally have a healthy immune system. This negates the need and use of hormones and antibiotics, meaning you won’t be consuming these when choosing grass-fed beef.
- Generally speaking, grass-fed beef contains ⅔ less fat and calories than conventional beef as the cattle aren’t fed fillers with the specific purpose of fattening them up.
- The kind of fat in grass-fed beef is different from conventional beef as well. Grass-fed beef can potentially contain up to 5 times the amount of omega-3 fatty acids as conventional beef.
- Due to the omega-3 fatty acid content alone, consuming grass-fed beef may help reduce your risk of a heart attack as well as improve your brain function.
- Grass-fed beef contains another kind of good fat known as CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which is being researched for its ability to reduce the risk of cancer. And, grass-fed beef contains 3-5 times more CLA than conventional beef.
- Grass-fed beef is said to be “one the most nutrient dense proteins on earth.”
But, though the evidence is clear regarding the health of grass-fed beef, beef isn’t the only component of a burger.
You don’t want to have the best and healthiest beef, only to allow the rest of the components of your burger to fall flat. I mean, we are talking about the perfect food, right?
Building The Perfect Burger
Once you’ve got grass-fed beef on your grocery list, let’s keep adding to that list to make the perfect burger!
First up, buns…and since we’re going for the perfect burger, here “we don’t want none unless ya got healthy buns, hun!”
You might be thinking that the notion of skipping the bun is just a low carb thing, but that’s not necessarily true. And, you may be surprised just how incredibly tasty a bunless burger is anyways!
Green leaf lettuce is my go-to when it comes to a bunless burger, but feel free to get creative! Burger salad anyone?
And, there’s also grain-free bun options, or even whole wheat or sprouted wheat bun options.
Like mushrooms on your burger? Try using a portabella mushroom bun.
Mmmmm, ever have grilled pineapple on your burger? Use those grilled slices as the bun.
You can even use slices of cooked sweet potato for a bun when building the perfect, healthy burger!
Ah, but what about condiments? What about folks that can’t imagine a burger without sugary ketchup or soybean oil based mayo?
Hmmm, let’s go old school here…like all the way back to when you were a kid and your mom would say, “but have you tried it?”
There are plenty of healthy condiment options available, from sugar free options, to whole ground mustard, to organic, natural sauces made with real ingredients and healthier oils (such as avocado oil in place of soybean oil).
You can even consider making your own sauces utilizing fresh grown herbs.
Are you ready for serious flavor?
There are truly limitless options when it comes to healthy burger toppings.
Fresh tomatoes, leafy green lettuce, creamy avocados, grass-fed cheeses, eggs…
Or, how about you skip conventional and really try something new, adding toppings such as a homemade coleslaw, or probiotic-rich kimchi or sauerkraut.
Add some spice for thermogenic effects with some jalapeno or other spicy peppers.
And, aside from things to go on your burger, what about things that you can incorporate into the ground beef, prior to cooking the meat?
Some folks like to increase the nutrition and flavor of their grass-fed beef by adding ground bison or lamb meat, combining the different meats to create a unique flavor and health profile.
Other people truly go for the nutritional gold, and add organ meat to their grass-fed beef (by chopping heart, liver, or kidneys in a food processor). Hey, they say it doesn’t affect the flavor (in other words you can’t taste it).
See, the options are seemingly endless!
So, go for grass-fed and pay close attention to those toppings. Be creative, be healthy, and enjoy your perfect burger!
Russia Uncovers Greatest Discovery in Modern Medicine
Recently, a Russian doctor leaked a secret method that is being called “The Greatest Discovery in Modern Medicine“
This powerful method triggers one hidden hormone that burns off deadly belly fat while preventing heart attacks.
Just look at these results:
This is something you can do in the comfort of your own home using your shower and 30 seconds of your time.
Try the method for yourself and see the difference almost immediately:
President Putin has been using this Russian method for years and is one of the reasons he is in such incredible shape