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by Pre Brands March 19, 2021
Written by Tamar Samuels, MS, RD, CDN
Beef gets a bad rap these days with everyone wanting to be more plant-based, but I'm here to tell you there's room for vegetables and beef as part of a healthy diet. Being restrictive either way isn't necessarily the best option. Once, a doctor said to me that we are omnivores for a reason and while we should aim to eat mostly plants, there are many benefits to meat as well, specifically red meat.
I grew up in Woodstock, NY; my parents were artists and we ate mostly plants before it was an "in" thing. Truth be told, I didn't even have my first cheeseburger until I was eighteen years old. A new world opened up for me in a way I hadn't experienced before. There was variety in my meals, and also it was a bit easier for me to eat on-the-go without worrying if where my friends chose to get their next meal was going to be able to accommodate me.
"I had always been curious about grass-fed beef. What was the difference? Was it actually better?"
Of course, as most teenagers tend to do, my introduction to meat wasn't grass-fed, or perfectly sourced. It was straight up fast-food, and while it tasted delicious, it didn't necessarily do wonders for my stomach. I, then, decided to learn a but more about different kinds of meat, specifically beef, where to source it, and how I could enjoy this in my regular diet.
I had always been curious about grass-fed beef. What was the difference? Was it actually better? Grass-fed and finished beef comes from cattle that eat grass for their entire lives virus the conventional grain-fed cattle that are often given antibiotics and growth hormones in order to fatten them up. Grass-fed beef tends to have fewer calories that beef and is significantly lower in fat. It also is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to decrease inflammation.
Recently having had a baby, I spent my entire pregnancy listening to my body, and making sure I honored what it was telling me. I ate grass-fed beef as a regular part of my diet and at no point during my pregnancy did I experience anemia or any other deficiency. When you're pregnant, blood volume and red blood cell production increase in order to provide the baby with oxygen and nutrients. As you can imagine the demand for iron also increases, and if there isn't enough or your ability to absorb is impaired, then that can lead to a deficiency. Other issues that can arise when iron is low during pregnancy are premature birth or low birth weight and pregnant women with anemia may be more prone to infections due to iron's ability to support immune function.
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Regardless of your dietary preferences, I think it is important to know that omitting food groups might not always be the best option. To me, there are different instances in life where we want to explore options available to us and that is perfectly fine. As long as you feel you're making the best choice for you at that moment, understanding that everything is ever changing, and whatever you choose there are always ways to execute that in a healthy and meaningful way.
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"Real talk...since my cancer was environmental and not hereditary I am super conscious of what goes into my body, especially protein. Post chemo left my body super low in iron so steak remains in my diet. I found Pre a few months ago and it’s the only meat I buy. Grass-fed, no added hormones and most importantly affordable. Eat better for your body people!"jaqueline
"Your steaks, especially the sirloin, ribeye, and filet mignon are absolutely delicious. Wasn’t sure how these cuts would taste grilled but they taste just as good if not better than cuts I’ve had a top notch steakhouses."Mario
"When our son was diagnosed with a rare medical disorder, it meant that we would have to change our diet as a family. Because his metabolism doesn’t function like a typical person’s, we have to be very careful about what we feed him. One of the changes we made was to use more grass-fed and finished beef in our cooking. We decided to give Pre a try, and we are so happy with the quality and taste of the meat. Buying from Pre gives us peace of mind and we feel confident knowing that we are using a product in the top of its class."Lindsay
"This beef is AMAZING! I'm from Wisconsin so a huge steak lover. This is some of the best beef, I've experienced and I've had beef around the world. It's a must try, and you'll understand what I mean."Tracy
"My husband and I loved having these filets once a week. I sear both sides and "in-between" in a very hot small Lodge cast iron skillet. I use a spatter guard. Then I place the skillet in a 400 degree oven for between 2min. 10-20 seconds. Perfect medium minus filets. My mouth is watering as I write this!!"Mary M.
"These steaks and other Pre products have been a staple in our home for over a year now and we continue to be fully satisfied with their consistently good quality and flavor. They are the perfect size, are delicious and easy to cook. Add Pre’s amazing customer service to it and you end up with an exceptional overall product!"K.G.
"Best steak I've had in a long time. I love being able to order grass fed beef that is way better than I can find in grocery stores. Really tastes great on the grill . I'm addicted to it now."Jeff S.
"First time trying the 10 Pack New York Strips. Oh My! had an unexpectedly warm day and whipped out the grill. Enough said. Delish !!!! Steaks are equally cut making cooking much easier for the desired temp."Lu H.