Updated: Sep 16, 2019
One of the most popular nutritional debates in history raises significant questions about the benefits of red meat...both health-wise, and ethically.
Although I personally only eat red meat between 1-2 times per week, some of you meat lovers out there may shy away from the modern studies that tell us that red meat causes cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses.
But like for real...who else doesn't love a good steak! (I'm not talking to you vegans and vegetarians out there). Not to mention, popular diets like Keto hail red meat as a diet staple.
So, let's set the record straight.
Humans have been eating red meat throughout their history of evolution and have digestive systems well equip for it. That said, we must not look passed the difference in processed vs. unprocessed meat, as well as the frequency of consumption.
That's a pretty wordy way of saying...red meat is healthy in moderation AND when it is unprocessed. Most conventional meats (in stores and restaurants) are derived from factory raised, grain fed, and hormone/antibiotic fueled animals. Yeah...not so great.
BUT when you choose organic, grass fed meat, you're opting to eat meat from pasture raised animals, minus all the fake bogus additives. Plus you're consuming one of the most nutritious foods we have available.
With ample amounts of vitamin B's, iron, and other minerals...red meat is a healthy powerhouse. Bonus points if you can stand organ meats.
Studies also show that the amount of red meat you consume can cause illnesses. Even if you eat the grass fed variety, the amounts of saturated fats included in meats (and calories) could cause weight gain, and other associated illnesses.
All of this considered, the consumption of red meat as talked about here, doesn't take into account the ethical or environmental impact it has. Now, most meat eating will have some of these issues so I'll leave it up to you to decide for yourself if this is an issue you want to address.
Now we've cleared that up...
The best steak marinade known to man. And...it's healthy.
I've been using this marinade for years. It's tasty, healthy, AND a good way to optimize the cooking of your meat that avoids the issues and harmful compounds that can be created from cooking meat at high temperatures.
2 tbsp oil (I use avocado)
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp white vinegar
1tsp red pepper
1tsp black pepper
Whisk together and marinade the steak overnight, or for at least 3 hours. Because the marinade takes longer to settle, save for a special occasion or for a coveted 'day off'.
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