Plant-based burgers? Are you kidding? Steak and eggs in the morning for a real protein shot, a steak dinner with a glass of fine wine in the evening, maybe a veggie or two, after a long day on the hustle. Is there any time during the day that isn’t ideal for your favourite meal? People eating insects means there’s just more steak for us. And here’s a bonus – there are serious health benefits to steak.
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Filet Mignon is the Cadillac, but we never turn our nose up at ribeye, T-bone or porterhouse. Toronto, where we are based, has a rich selection of steak restaurants – led by Harbour 60. New York has Peter Luger Steak House. Chicago has RPM Steak. Los Angeles has American Beauty. Or, you can head to the market, flame up the bbq and do it up yourself.
What are the health benefits
Steak is a super source of protein (essential for muscle growth and repair, supporting a healthy immune system), and is also a great source of essential vitamins and minerals. It’s an excellent source of iron. That’s important for the production of hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen to the body’s tissues.
A three-ounce piece of steak contains about 2.5 milligrams of iron, about 14 per cent of the daily value for iron. Among a wide selection of steak, Harbour 60 offers both 10 oz and 14 oz Filet Mignon ($98 and $128 respectively). So that’s a lot of iron, which is a good thing.
Health benefits of steak: Great source of creatine (for muscle strength)
Steak is also a good source of zinc, essential for your body’s immune system. It’s also an excellent source of B vitamins, led by B12 – which helps to maintain healthy nerve cells and for making DNA. Also, it’s a source of B6, which plays a role in the production of red blood cells and the metabolism of protein.
Then there’s creatine – a natural compound found in muscle tissue that helps to supply energy to cells. Steak is a great source for that as well, a boon for those of you getting to the gym, building up your physique for the summer months. Creatine improves muscle strength. And steak contains Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a fatty acid that has been associated with beneficial effects on body composition and health such as weight loss, improved insulin sensitivity, reduced inflammation and lower risk of certain types of cancer.
Plus steak just tastes damn good, right? Of course you should always balance your diet with nutrient-rich vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and healthy proteins. Just like anything that is glorious, you need to consume it in moderation. Steaks are high in fat and cholesterol, and that can increase the risk of heart disease. Not that we’re trying to spoil the party.
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