As you begin compiling your New Year’s resolutions for 2019, you might want to consider adding more steak in your diet to the list — yes, really!
While it’s no secret that we love steak for a variety of reasons here at our steakhouse in Phoenix, what you might not have known is that, contrary to popular belief, adding red meat to your diet can benefit you in your quest to live a healthier lifestyle in a number of ways.
This is incredible news for steak lovers everywhere, and what better way to celebrate than to enjoy the best steak in Phoenix at our family dining restaurant, with delectable sides and seafood combinations.
Curious about what some of the benefits are to adding more steak into your regular diet? Let’s take a look.
Health Benefits Of Eating Steak
Steak Improves Muscle Mass
One of the most well-known aspects of steak is that it is one of the best sources of protein you can implement into your diet. The protein you get from beef is essential for helping muscles repair and grow after workouts and is even imperative in the diets of the elderly for combating age-related muscle deterioration.
Steak Enhances Muscle Function
Not only does steak help improve your muscle mass, but it also can improve the overall performance of your muscles. The protein in beef contains a dietary amino acid called beta-alanine, which plays a major role in healthy muscle functioning. It also helps reduce fatigue during physical activities. This means that your endurance and precision can ultimately improve for sports and exercise when you add more steak to your diet.
Steak Boosts Energy Levels
Red meat is high in iron, something that many people in today’s society are lacking in their diet. Iron is what carries oxygen to the muscles and the brain and is crucial for both optimal physical and mental energy. Eating steak also supplies you with your daily intake of vitamin B12, which plays a key role in energy production, helps create DNA, and keep nerve cells and red blood cells healthy.
Steak Strengthens The Immune System
Beef also contains a fair amount of zinc, which plays an essential role in keeping a strong and healthy immune system. As we age, our bodies become more and more depleted of their zinc levels, which can make us more prone to serious illness. By eating foods high in zinc, you can keep optimal zinc concentrations in the bloodstream and help your body fight off potential diseases.
Steak Promotes A Healthy Heart
While some red meats may be high in saturated fat, which raises blood cholesterol, as long as you choose to eat only the best steak from lean cuts, like our USDA Choice beef at our steakhouse, it can actually improve your cholesterol levels and overall heart health. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition stated after further studies that “beef brings a unique, heart-healthy blend of fats to the table that you won’t get from other foods.”
Research from the University of Ireland also showcased that high-fat foods are best for preventing the onset of Type 2 Diabetes, as well as reversing the number of people suffering from weight-related heart problems.
What if I choose to eat steak a lot? Is it still healthy?
Yes! According to new research from Purdue University, consuming steak above what is recommended does not affect short-term cardiovascular disease risk factors like high blood pressure or cholesterol. In fact, calorie for calorie, beef is one of the most nutrient-rich foods you can consume.
The Myths About Steak
Many previous studies on steak’s health benefits and drawbacks had one major flaw: they combined processed meats (sausage, hot dogs, spam) into the same category as red meat. These forms of meat are completely different from lean, grass-fed beef in terms of nutritional value, meaning the stigma behind steak was one of false proclamation.
Eat More Steak From Your Favorite Phoenix Steak Restaurant In 2019
Having a happier, healthier heart can be easier than you think. A quick change in your diet to include more steak could truly be the trick! How will you choose to include steak in your 2019 diet? A look at the Sizzler steakhouse menu will give you a variety of options for incorporating nutrient-rich, USDA Choice steaks into your routine that come from right here in Arizona.