Amongst diets like the Mediterranean Diet, the Keto Diet, and Whole30, plant-based eating has recently become a popular lifestyle choice for many people. Although we love plants and know the importance of including them in our daily diets, we also know the significance of including a variety of other foods including some of the most demonized foods like beef, full-fat dairy, salt, and whole eggs. Over the years, these four foods have unfortunately earned a bad reputation, which is why we are here to explain that you should not fear these foods, but rather why they are actually (dare we say it) good for you.
The quality of red meat determines whether or not it’s bad for you.
As a beef brand, we often hear consumers say they no longer eat red meat because it’s bad for their health. However, it’s really the quality of the red meat that matters most. When it comes to eating red meat, it’s critical to take into consideration the quality of your beef. Unfortunately, quality is often overlooked. The quality of your beef is what determines which health benefits (or health detriments) show up in your overall health. This is why all of our beef is grass-fed and grass-finished and sourced straight from Australia and New Zealand where nutrient-rich grasses grow year-round. When it comes to quality and taste, elements like climate, region and soil matter, which is why we instinctively take these factors into consideration so you don’t have to.
Shopping Tip: When choosing red meat, always go for quality. Choose the highest quality, unprocessed varieties. Think meats like steak, ground beef, and roasts instead of the more processed selections with additives, like processed lunch meats.
Full-fat dairy isn’t bad for you, but low-fat dairy that is laden with sugar can be.
For decades, we have been led to believe fat will make you fat, but recently fat’s reputation has been restored. (Can we get an amen!) As it turns out, sugar is the culprit for unwanted weight gain as well as a host of other health woes. Although low-fat foods don’t contain fat, that also means they don’t contain much flavor. (Fat = Flavor). Since most of the fat has been omitted from low-fat foods, and subsequently the flavor, flavor needs to be added back in somehow and more often times than not, the flavor is added back into foods in the form of sugar. Instead of reaching for that low-fat yogurt, instead, go ahead and go for the full fat.
Shopping Tip: If you are purchasing full-fat dairy foods, it’s still important to thoroughly read nutrition labels and review the ingredients. When it comes to full-fat dairy, be sure you are investing in foods that contain the right kinds of fats.
Salt is not inherently bad for you, but too much salt can be.
Salt (sodium chloride) is essential for optimal health. Our bodies need a small amount of salt to function properly as sodium plays an important role in our health. Sodium helps the body maintain fluid balances, works to transmit nerve impulses, helps individuals who experience low blood pressure and influences the contraction and relaxation of muscles. In general, individuals who follow a diet full of whole foods and cook most of their meals at home, usually fall within the healthy limits of sodium intake. Where many people get off track is when it comes to refined, processed convenience foods that rely heavily on salt for flavor and preservation. Make sure you are paying attention to food labels and minimizing your consumption of processed foods, oh and don’t be afraid to utter the phrase, “Please pass the salt” at the dinner table. You need some salt in your daily diet after all.
We talked to our friends at Real Salt and Jenny summed it up perfectly saying,
“There’s been a myth and a misconception that salt is bad for you and rightfully so because the salt in the wrong form can be. Sea salt can be just sodium chloride and stripped of its minerals. So, people are absolutely right. In the wrong form, it can be a bad thing. At Real Salt, we nurture those minerals and understand that that is the reason we leave salt in its pure natural form because we need the magnesium, the calcium, and potassium to really ingest sodium the way that is intended in our bodies.”
Tip: Look for unrefined salt when grocery shopping. Just like beef, the source of your salt reflects the quality. Redmond's real salt is a great option because it is sold in its pure form, no refining needed.
Egg yolks contain cholesterol, but they also host other important nutrients.
For years, eggs have long been demonized for their higher cholesterol content, which is found in the yolk of the egg. (Hello egg white omelets). Unfortunately, cholesterol is the leading cause of heart disease, but what so often gets ignored are the other nutrients that eggs contain, some of which actually help to lower the risk of heart disease. Just like with beef, the sourcing of your eggs is of the utmost importance. As with red meat, you are not only what you eat, but what your food eats as well, so when it comes to purchasing eggs, go for the high-quality pasture-raised eggs. It’s worth the extra investment!
Red meat, full-fat dairy, salt, and whole eggs should not be feared and are actually good for you, so set aside any food fears and fill your plate (in moderation) with these four foods.
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