Beef: the Tastiest Multivitamin17 February 2015
A rancher's daughter from Wyoming bangs the drum for beef in the first opinion article in a series from the 2015 Beef Ambassadors.
Rachel Purdy, currently at the University of Wyoming, was elected with four other students to be a beef advocate as part of the National Beef Ambassador Programme in the United States.
Here she discusses why eating beef can have major nutritional benefits.
I recently went to the doctor and had some routine blood work done, writes Rachel. They wanted to check my iron levels. I learned that iron deficiency is a big issue, especially for women.
In fact, 12 per cent of women aged 12-49 are iron deficient. My levels were right where they needed to be. A balanced diet helps me to maintain my health and participate in any activity I choose!
Beef is my protein of choice. Not only is beef delicious, it is rich in nutrients that my body needs. One serving of lean beef provides 12 per cent of the iron you need every day. You can have all that, and more for around 150 calories. Most snacks are around that many calories, and you do not receive half of the nutrients that beef provides.
Protein and Zinc
Beef is also an excellent source of protein! You can get almost half of your daily protein from one serving of beef! One of the biggest reasons I eat beef on a regular basis is because it provides me with the energy to run. Protein gives you energy to get through the day. Protein also helps grow hair and nails. So if you want long, beautiful, locks of hair, you better be eating your beef!
If you feel yourself getting sick, reach for the beef instead of the orange juice! Zinc helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. Beef happens to be a great source of zinc as well. One serving of beef provides over one third of the zinc you need in a day.