So, it turns out that nature trumps “science”.  Man evolved hunting and eating what it could kill.  That meant meat.  When we figured out that birds layed eggs, we ate those, too.  Then came science and agriculture with it’s information that meat and eggs are bad for you because of saturated fat and cholesterol.  So people have been avoiding them, and vegetarians have been saying that a plant based diet makes you live longer (which there is little to no actual REAL evidence to prove, by the way).  So people have stopped eating so much meat and eggs.  NOW we learn that maybe they’re not so bad for you after all.  Meat has huge quantities of iron in it.  The biggest source of it, as a matter of fact.  And the only sources of what is called “Heme-iron”, which is absorbed much more effectively by the body (meaning that the body doesn’t have to work as hard to get it, and therefore is more efficient).  This means that even though some plant sources may have more iron in them, you actually get LESS out of them.  Meat is also your most common form of Zinc.  There is more zinc in Oysters, but they’re slimy.  3 ounces of red meat contains almost an entire day’s supply of zinc.  5 ounces covers you.  Fact is is that vegetarians have to up their zinc intake by up to 50% because beans and grains (which provide a staple in the diet) can keep zinc from being properly absorbed.  For you weight lifters, red meat provides us with about 5 – 7 grams of protein per ounce that is very bio-available, as well as our only real dietary source of creatine (helps the body create short-term energy).  A  number of good B-vitamins can also be derived.  Eggs have also gotten a bad rap because of the saturated fat and cholesterol thing.  That has led a lot of people to either leave eggs completely, or just switch to the white (why?).  Fact is is that a single egg is one of the most nutrient dense foods on earth.  It contains protein (obviously), but also a good source of fat soluble vitamins (especially A and D) that we don’t typically get enough of.  A single egg contains 17 different vitamins and minerals, 10 of which you either lose completely or virtually if you cut out the yolk.  Per unit, eggs are also the most bio-available food source of protein (again, efficiency).  It has also been recently discovered the eggs have less cholesterol than originally thought.  only 185mg per egg, down from 240mg.  How’s your science now?  So for those of you who eat meat and eggs, good for you.  For those of you who don’t, start.  Don’t eat red meat 7 days per week and a dozen eggs per day or anything, but get some in there.  Put it in the rotation.  Get good quality stuff.  Grass-fed meat and organic cage-free eggs.  Your body will perform better and you will actually lose weight and get leaner.

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