November 8, 2021

What’s beef made of?

Beef contains essential components of a healthy human diet.

On most steak labels, you’ll read: 100% Beef. But what does that mean?

Beef is naturally packed with proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals – all essential components of a healthy human diet.  There are various opinions out there regarding the health benefits of red meat – we’ll help you state the case for beef at your next braai.

All beef muscle fibres, including a steak, are mainly composed of protein. It promotes muscle growth and maintenance and out of all macronutrients, protein is the most satiating and will help keep hunger at bay for longer.

Almost half of the fat found in beef is monounsaturated, the same healthy fats found in olive oil and avocados. If you are concerned about the fat intake in your diet, remember that most of the fat on a piece of meat is visible and can be trimmed off. There are also lean cuts of beef available in the market, the choice is yours. Either way beef is packed with protein.

One of the vitamins found in beef is vitamin B12. It can only be found in animal-based products and boosts energy, improves memory and is involved in the production of red blood cells.

Iron is another critical component found in beef that assists with red blood cell production. There are two types of iron found in food these are referred to as heme and non-heme iron. Heme iron is exclusively found in animal products and is much easier for your body to absorb than non-heme iron found in plant products. Beef contains a substantial amount of heme iron that can assist in the prevention of anaemia – a lack of healthy red blood cells.

Beef undoubtedly has nutritional properties that will impact your health in a positive manner and in a delicious way. We are proud of the beef we produce and know  you and your family will enjoy every bite you take. We love sharing our beef, and have prepared some great recipes for you on our website and YouTube channel.

Miejon van Zyl


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