This week, exhausting my inspiration on the MLNP blog, tiring my ankles and fingers with gardening, blocked in a writer’s anguish, I hoped to serve you the Stoneburger Series for this longer weekend. Coincidentally (some even believe in happenstance), Ruddy Adam has just mailed his allegiance to red meat and moderately well done burgers. Have a Happy May Day!!
Guest post by Ruddy Adam for our health.
Red meat has been demonized on a scale we can only compare to eggs.
Red meat is supposed to be filled with antibiotics and hormones and these will kill you. The truth is neither transfers in a negative manner to humans.
There’s too much fat in red meat, and fat is bad for your heart. Your brain and your heart love and need fat, and it’s good for both of them.
Two past studies caused some researchers to make the inference that red meat causes cancer. Both actually showed that it is burned meat (of any kind) that produces HCAs and PAHs (heterocyclic amines & polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are chemicals that form in overly cooked meats) — which have shown in studies to cause cancer in animals.
However, there have been no studies that show HCAs and PAHs will do the same to humans.
But it’s not worth risking. Red meat is better for you because it’s easier to digest when it’s cooked longer and slower and you eat it with a hot, pink center — which contains the enzymes you need to digest it and to help your body gather the many nutrients you receive from it.
Both your brain and your body love diversity. Each type of meat from chicken to fish has a different form of protein — all of which are good for and badly needed by humans. So, vary your meat intake to please your brain and your body.
To be safe, any charred or burned area on any type of meat just cut it off and don’t eat it.
I loath beyond belief telling fish eaters this fact, but it is much safer eating beef than the majority of fish. This is especially true of farm raised fish, because they live in their own feces and are filled with every type of toxin you can imagine.
If you like tuna — make sure you eat only Albacore; it’s the only safe one. Make sure your salmon is wild and comes from Alaska — that’s the only clean kind.
There are too many toxic fish to name.
So here are a few of the best and safest to consume: Wild salmon and white and regular sea bass and dover sole are fish that swim far out in fresh, clean waters and are therefore low in toxins and score highest in nutrients. These are low in toxins and high in nutrients.
When you hear that you especially need fish because it’s good for your heart and your brain, well some of it is.
But all beef is good for your heart and your brain — and there’s far less chance of it being anything like as polluted as most fish.
Nowadays, there are demands that we eat only “grass fed” beef. What you get with grass feed beef is a leaner piece of meat — which is tough to chew.
Non-grass-fed beef will have more fat (which is good for both your brain and your heart) and will be easier to chew and digest. Just count that in your fat intake on the days that you eat beef. You need fat — and most humans need more fat than they are getting.
We here average eating red meat about twice per week, in hamburger and steak form. We eat veal about twice per month. We always eat it medium rare to medium — and will not eat any meat burned.
We definitely eat lamb once per week, because it is the healthiest meat for humans. Then we add chicken about twice a week. Two days a week we try to get our protein from dark green vegetables, such as spinach which is definitely the top green vegetable for humans.
If you want an extra boost for your health from your meats and would like an especially good taste, cook them on a grill, then take them off after they are somewhat rarer than you want to eat them.
Put them in a pot on the stove and cover them with tomato sauce along with a few squirts of olive oil. Let them soak on low for a few hours. A few minutes before you’re ready to eat, cut the eye up for a few minutes — to get your food nice and hot for eating.
You’ll then be ingesting what has become an explosion of nutrients — which are good not only for your brain and your heart, but other parts of your body, too.
Enjoy your burgers and steaks. Pay no attention to propaganda that demonizes them. It’s a lot of hokum.
For our health: Ruddy Adam