The Best Lean Cuts Of Beef For Grilling
The healthiest cuts of beef
On the whole vegetarianism as a diet is sustainable, economical and easily modified so that you can . But new research from Cornell University in the US compared hundreds of genomes from a vegetarian population in Pune, India to traditional meat-eating people in Kansas and found differences down to the genetic level. We're not talking adamantium claws, unfortunately; rather an increased ability to absorb essential fatty acids, but an increased risk of some cancers and heart disease.
Meat-eaters have their own crosses to bear, so we're not advocating one over the other. But if you are carnivorous to the core, you're going to want to peruse our finest cuts of beef - by far the best natural source of the essential muscle builder creatine. Here's how to stay healthy and have a cow, man.
Increase immunity – Rump
As Lemsip ads warn, while you’re down with man flu, mark from sales is eyeing up your desk. Rump will outflank him better than any powdery lemon dink. “Beef is the best source of iron and zinc,” says dietician Gaynor Bussell. Crucially, the latter supports your immune system and shortens colds when taken daily. Your dose is 10mg; in other words, a 6oz steak a day keeps the sniffles away.
Energy hit – Silverside
Serve your pre-run gel with a side of beef. “There’s no point guzzling carbs unless you can extract their energy,” says Ruxton. This cut’s vitamin B2 ensures you burn your fuel rather than store it. Which justifies doubling up on roasties if you’re playing football afterwards. (Less so if you’ll be falling asleep in front of it.)
Build muscle – Round
Forget your TV chef’s oft-spouted advice to judge your steak by its marbling. Round is very low in fat, says Mansfield, meaning more space for protein – at 28g of good stuff per 100g, eat two for your RDA of protein at a price of only 364kcal That lack of fat means no moisture, so braising is a better bet. Like a protein shake with no milk, grilled round is chokingly dry.
Enhance endurance – Liver
Swallow your sportsmanship along with your morals and tuck into calf’s liver before your next sportive. It’s twice as iron-rich as lamb’s, says Lynch, which means your body can manufacture more red blood cells to pump more oxygen to your screaming muscles on that mountain stage. Think of it as your less frowned-upon EPO.
Cardiovascular protection – Heart
In a literal example of ‘you are what you eat,’ tucking into a cow’s ticker adds years to yours. It’s thanks to a curative combo of magnesium – to lower your coronary risk by a fifth, according to Harvard School of Public Health – and taurine, which a study in the journalAmino Acidsfound drop your blood pressure in just a week if eaten daily. “Marinate in red wine vinegar, olive oil and herbs,” says Mansfield. “Then slice and griddle for two minutes on each side.” Think of it as a heart-saving jerky substitute with the gruesome Instagram opportunity (and with 17g of protein per 100g, you’ll get a muscle boost too).
Heighten sexual performance – T-Bone
Cholesterol gets a bad rap, but cut it out entirely and expect problems between the sheets. Without it, the body can’t create testosterone. Nina Teicholz, author ofThe Big Fat Surprise, points out that 150 years ago, T-bone was a breakfast food. That’s a tad extreme, but a weekly indulgence will get you bigger and stronger where it matters most.
Bolster brain health – Chuck
If your stomach turns at the sight of fishy scales, you can still get your dose of brain-boosting fatty acids without beheading the day’s catch. But provenance is key. “Grass-fed beef contains omega-3, whereas grain-fed beef has less of the good stuff, and more omega-6 and 9,” says nutritionist Ian Marber. The first cuts internal inflammation; the last two can increase it. Though all British beef is labelled as grass-fed, ask your butcher for 100% to get the biggest benefits, otherwise it may have been fed a mix of grass and cereals. But either one will taste bovine.
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