The Health Benefits of a Lean Meat Diet
To coincide with the release of our Lean Meat Box, we have decided to highlight the benefits of good quality meat for those of you who train/work out often, or those who are just looking to eat a little more healthily. If you don't know, protein is essential in the recovery and growth of muscle and thus means foods with high protein levels are ideal for those who spend some of their time during the week at the gym or training in numerous different ways.
To make is easy for our customers to sample the benefits of a high protein diet we have put together a fantastic Lean Meat Box, which you can see if you follow the link below:
Skinless chicken breast is the most common muscle building food found on dinner plates throughout the UK, mainly due to its protein and fat levels. Chicken breast has a much higher protein to fat ratio (19:1) than other parts of the chicken. A typical chicken breast, weighing around 200g, would contain around 214 Calories, 45g of Protein, around 2.3g of Fat and 0 Carbohydrates. Other benefits also include Iron, Zinc, Niacin, Selenium, some calcium, and vitamin B6
Beef is ideal for a post workout meal due to its high biological value. It contains many beneficial minerals including Selenium, iron, zinc, and vitamins including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, B6 and B12. Beef also contains creatine, which helps to supply energy to cells in the body. However beef does contain more fat that chicken breast. Although some fat is necessary for the human body, for those seeking a lower fat to protein ratio it is best to stick to leaner cuts of beef. These include our Prime Rump Steak, and Loin cuts, like our Sirloin Steak.
What they have in common
Both chicken breast and beef have some similar positive attributes these include:
- Niacin is essential in the conversion of protein, fat and carbohydrate into usable energy.
- Zinc is an immune boosting mineral that will help ward off cold bugs and also supports the production of anabolic hormones.
- Selenium repairs damaged cells and inhibits the growth of cancerous ones. It also helps proper thyroid fuction, which in turn helps keep your metabolism going.
- Iron is needed to deliver oxygen to your muscles
- Vitamin B6 allows you to use carbohydrates (glycogen) stored in your muscles during exercise