11 Things You Didn't Know About Red Meat

A quick guide to making the most of your meat consumption

11 Things You Didn't Know About Red Meat
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A little bit of red meat a day turns out to not be as bad for you as once thought.

Between burgers at summertime barbecues, spaghetti and meatballs, and braised ribs throughout the winter, Americans eat a lot of red meat. On average, we eat more than 100 pounds of red meat a year, and show no signs of slowing down. But what you don’t know about meat can actually hurt you. It’s time to start eating red meat mindfully.

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Consuming less meat in your diet is good for both your body and the environment; it takes about 53 gallons of water, 6.7 pounds of grains, and 74.5 square feet of land to make one quarter-pound burger. But the days of swearing out meat altogether are slowing down (hey paleo people, I’m looking at you). Small amounts of red meat are actually really good for you; it’s a great source of protein and helps your body perform necessary functions (like breathing). Before you start wrapping everything in bacon, it’s time to note that moderation is the key; there is a direct correlation between consuming large quantities of red meat and early death.

Break up your red meat consumption with a day totally dedicated to not eating meat, like Meatless Monday. Take your vegetable game to the next level with some vegetarian grilling tips and fill up with “meaty” vegetables that will fill the meat void. When you do indulge, opt for lean types of red meat, like bison, as well as lean cuts of meat, like pork tenderloin

If you do decide to shrink your serving size of meat, make the most of your meat consumption and enjoy every bite. Try some crazy combinations, like red meat and peanut butter, or stick to a classic grilled steak paired with a bright acidic red wine like carménère

Meat isn’t as bad for you as was once thought, but there are some things you should know to make the most of your meat eating ways, starting with the recommended daily serving size.

Serving Size

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Bigger is not always better. The recommended serving size for lean red meat is three to four ounces, about the size of a deck of cards.

Healthy Red Meat

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The healthiest type of red meat for you is organic, grass-fed lean beef, which is richer in omega-3s, vitamin E, and linoleic acids than conventional beef.

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Julie Ruggirello is The Daily Meal’s Recipe Editor. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.


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When you eat read meat, you are eating everything the cow ate. You are eating bugs, dead animals, dirt, manure, saliva, blood, and lots of other disgusting things that most humans would never eat. If you only knew and saw what you are eating, you would no longer eat red meat. Not to mention that you are bringing into your body the bad energy of mutilation, pain, suffering. Think twice before buying/eating red meat.

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it's same for Vegetables! Acid Rain, Animals and run off water watering your "organic" vegetables.
US banned pesticide, but not exporting them. Other countries buy them and use them. We buy their vegetables!
Eat fish too much you will be full of mercury (just kidding!).
Moderation is key!

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I am curious to know why you do not mention LAMB. It is very healthy for you and easy to digest. We usually buy a whole lamb, and have the whole animal (NOT ORGANS) boned and ground into
"lambburger" Absolutely delicious and easy on the arteries.

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The best meat to eat is mine. No fat, low calories.

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I tried Bison last week. It was awful. Tasteless, not fat, lots of Gristle, chewey & down right nasty.
That make it suitable for liberals ;-)

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I tried Bison steak last week . Ewwwwwww. Tasteless, chewey & bgrisly.
Basically only fit for liberals ;-)

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I shoot MOST of the red meat I and my wife consume, with a bow and arrow. All types of venison, moose, elk, deer are low in fat and cholesterol! I have all of these in my freezer plus an antelope!

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bison and elk are the healthiest red meat beef has too much fat and cholesterol.

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Whitetail deer is better than bison, though Bison is good, I had a bison burger last night. Deer store their fat as tallow outside of the meat tissue and you don't eat any of it. Bison has some marbling of fat in the meat tissue and you do eat some fat with the meat.

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Wrong, the healthiest red meat to eat is either bison or elk. Bovine meat has too much fat and cholesterol, period

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Wrong, the healthiest red meat to eat is either bison or elk, bovine beef just have too many calories and too much fat, period.

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For lean meat try buffalo...

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For lean meat and healthy try buffalo...

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Steaks is way too expensive to buy at the market, so I usually don't, plus I can never cook it right for myself. I go to Texas Roadhouse for steak, it actually is cheaper and the taste and quality is a-plus. It's a treat for me when i do go, which is not that often.

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