Debunking Some Common Red Meat Myths

Debunking Some Common Red Meat Myths

     Even in today’s internet savvy world, there is still a lot of disinformation about red meat. We often get conflicting reports and recommendations about red meat consumption and, unless you shop at a butcher market in Guildford, you don’t know who to trust. Fortunately, we are going to help shed some light on many of the common misconceptions people have about red meat.

Here are a few myths about red meat that we need to debunk:

All-Natural Meat Is Always Healthier- ‘all-natural’ on the label doesn’t always guarantee that the meat is healthier. Often, it means that the meat is minimally processed and it doesn’t contain any additives. When choosing meat, make sure that it’s certified as “organic”. This guarantees that the meat is free from hormones and antibiotics. The cattle should also be reared on fully organic feed and given ample access to graze outdoors.

Nitrate- And Nitrite-Free Meat Is Safer- a meat product may be labelled as nitrate- or nitrite-free, but it contains celery salt instead. It’s a deceptive trick by some sellers so they can market their products as nitrate-free. Celery salt contains celery seeds and salt. Unfortunately, celery is naturally high in nitrates and this makes celery salt a good meat preservative. Fresh celery is healthy and perfectly safe, but it’s a different matter when used to preserve cured meat. When cured meat is barbecued or fried, nitrates will combine with protein to form nitrosamines, a carcinogenic substance. 

Red Meat Is Bad For Your Health- we have read so much about the benefits of a vegetarian diet and how red meat is harmful to your health. However, all red meat isn’t created equal. Freshly cut meat with good marbling contains beneficial fats that can reduce risks of high cholesterol levels, stroke, and cardiovascular illnesses. The key to any healthy meal is a balanced diet. You should have no more than four portions of red meat each week. Fresh red meat is nutritious and an important source of vitamin B12. Butcher meat online with a good amount of intramuscular fat contains healthy fat, protein, iron, selenium, zinc and other minerals.

White Meat Is Healthier- many people falsely assume that turkey, chicken, and certain cuts of pork are healthier than beef. Chicken skin, wings, and thighs are high in cholesterol, which means that they are less heart-friendly than marbled or leaner cuts of beef. Whether you choose white or red meat, it is important to get better informed about nutritional value of each cut. You can ask the experts at the butcher meat shop in Woking.

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