As you have read in my Boilermaker 15k report, I was invited to join the NY Beef Council's booth to talk about how beef has helped me perform athletically in the ways that I have.
OK, well it is one thing to state your preference. It is another to say that perhaps certain things only work for certain people. But it is another thing entirely to play with the facts. While I will argue whether everyone is "entitled" to their own opinion, I vehemently agree with the latter portion of Daniel Patrick Moynihan's quote stating that we are not entitled to our "own set of facts."
So here are some facts for you about beef:
*Choosing lean meat as a source of high-quality protein can be a calorie-saver.
As people love charts, here is one for you. Please note how many calories must be taken in by tofu, black beans, or peanut butter to match the protein in 3 ounces of lean beef. In just 180 calories, you can get over half of the recommended protein needed for your daily allowance! And who, besides tiny tiny humans, have just 3 ounces of lean beef?!
* Half the fat in beef is monounsaturated, the
same type of heart-healthy fat found in salmon and olive oil. In addition, one-third of the saturated fat in beef is stearic acid, which studies have shown has a neutral or cholesterol lowering effect.
*Lean meats contain heme iron, which is much more easily absorbed by the body than nonheme iron found in plant foods. Heme iron is an important dietary component for promoting cognitive health, including memory, ability to learn and reasoning.
These are just a few of many facts that anyone who wishes to disagree with me on the benefits of beef cannot ignore. Beef is very low in calories, not nearly as "fatty" as it is portrayed and contains iron more readily absorbed than that in most plants. Now believe me, there is no perfect food out there and I do not claim that beef is that food. I just simply know that I perform well when I have beef in my diet as compared to when I do not. And science, not just me being a freak, backs up this correlation.
Are there other foods out there which may work best for you? Yep! And I most assuredly hope you find them. But if in looking around, you dismiss the benefits of beef, you do so at your own risk.
But what do I know? I just learned a lot of these facts at the Mississippi Blues Marathon this past January while talking to some guy named Bill (or something), who won some rinky-dink races in Boston and New York like 30 years ago. Four times. Each.