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Why Eat Red Meat?

Updated: Feb 25

by Megan Doherty, BSN RN

The conversation about consuming red meat continues to be controversial

amongst the health community. Many studies reporting an increase in heart

diseases and cancers fail to mention the quality of the meats and how they were

prepared. Lean, grass-fed, grass-finished, and unprocessed meats have a myriad

of health benefits. Here are just two health benefits of eating red meat.

1. Red Meat to Promote Wound, Muscle Healing, and Immune Function

Did you know that 70-80% of immune cells are present in the gut (4)? With most immune cells primarily existing in the gut, one could presume that what we consume has an effect on our immunity. Red meat contains a large amount of zinc, a mineral that is integral to a healthy immune system. Zinc plays an essential role in immune function, protein and DNA synthesis, and wound healing (1). A diet with red meat can help rebuild damaged tissues following an injury or surgery as well as support a compromised immune system. Just 3 ounces of red meat contains approximately 35% of your daily value of zinc (1). 

2. Red Meat Consumption for Bone Health

Osteoporosis is a concern for individuals 50 years old and beyond as well as

postmenopausal women. Osteoporosis causes 8.9 million osteoporosis-related

fractures every year (3). Studies have revealed that individuals with a higher

intake of protein have slower rates of bone loss (2). Not only is protein important

for bone health, but several nutrients are necessary, some of them being the

minerals magnesium, and phosphorus found in red meat. Magnesium and

phosphorus are both responsible for the cellular production process in bones.

Taking all of this into consideration, whether you had a recent surgery, are

healing from an injury, are recovering after a workout, or want to support your

immune and skeletal system, consider adding healthy red meat to your diet.

Stop by Meadow Mist Farm for High Quality Meat!

Meadow Mist Farm values the importance of investing in high-quality

food for a higher quality of life and they are here to share these values with the

community. Meadow Mist Farm devotes its time, energy, and resources to

ensure the best quality of meat for its customers. Their meat is grass-fed and

grass-finished, follows organic standards, and their animals are pasture and

humanely raised. Give Meadow Mist Farm a call to place your order or stop by

the store.


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