Red meat is essential for a healthy diet thanks to its nutrients. It is packed with protein, a source of amino acids and essential fatty acids, not to mention minerals, trace elements and vitamins.
Protein, source of amino acids
Red meat is an important course of protein, which makes up 15% of the human body. A 100g piece of Arden’beef (depending on its cut and how it is prepared) contains between 25 and 34g of protein. The average adult needs between 44 and 66g of protein a day (depending on their weight) to avoid deficiencies that can be damaging. Protein, from the Greek for “primary” or “first”, is a source of amino acids, which are essential for the structure of the human body and the healthy functioning of our cells. They contribute to the health of three systems: the central nervous system, the brain and the immune system. Of these 22 amino acids, 9 are essential for good health. And these amino acids come from animal protein. This type of animal protein is very well absorbed by the human body and also guarantees the bioavailability of these amino acids.
Lipids, a source of essential fatty acids
We often wrongly associate meat with a fatty diet. Generally, people who put on weight by eating meat tend to gain body fat because of too much protein. This is quite simply because the protein that is not needed for metabolism is transformed into energy by the body. And if this energy is not used up by intense activity, such as regular exercise, it is stored in the form of fat. So it is overconsumption of meat that causes this situation rather than the intrinsic properties of the meat.
Depending on the cut of meat, the fat content ranges from 3% to 15%. Some cuts are surrounded by fat, and this is easy to remove and leave on the edge of your plate. However, fat is essential for a healthy diet in the form of fatty acids. They are particularly important when it comes to forming cell tissue and for a healthy metabolism. They also regulate physiological functions and are an undeniable source of energy.
Beef, a source of minerals, trace elements and vitamins
Lastly, beef is an important source of minerals, trace elements and vitamins. The elements present in this type of meat are particularly well absorbed by the human body. Particularly important is iron, which plays a role in transporting oxygen through the blood and in forming the haemoglobin in red blood cells. The need for iron is particularly high among children, teenagers and pregnant women.
Beef is high in phosphorous, the main component of the skeleton along with calcium and magnesium. It is also a good source of zinc and selenium, two useful antioxidants, and copper, an element that combats infections and inflammations.
It is high in vitamins PP, B2, B3, B6, B9 and B12, hydrosoluble vitamins that play different important roles in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fat, as well as in cell renewal.