Since the beginning of time, the human race has enjoyed the protein source provided by beef. Some of the earliest known cave paintings show early evolved cattle in hunting scenes. Around 8000 BC, cattle were discovered to not only provide meat for consumption but that their milk was also another great food source and leather could be harvested from their hides. The third most widely consumed meat, beef accounts for about 25% of meat production worldwide, after pork and poultry at 38% and 30% respectively.
So what’s the beef with beef?
Is it concerned animal lover sentiment that livestock are not meant for human consumption? As Americans, our nation prides itself in freedom to choose our own beliefs, whether it is through speech, personal choices, and even dietary matters. It’s no surprise that some folks simply choose to not eat meat, it’s their privilege to be vegetarian or vegan, just like it’s someone else’s choice to grill a burger in the backyard. So it seems that’s not the reason beef cattle are suddenly in the hot spot.
Is it because beef is an unhealthy lifestyle choice, full of fat and cholesterol?
A three-ounce serving of beef, provides 173 calories, contains 10 essential nutrients and totals half the Recommended Dietary Allowance of protein.
In order to acquire the same 25 grams of protein that you absorb from one serving of beef, the average person would need to consume three cups of quinoa (666 calories), 6.5 tbsp of peanut butter (613 calories), nearly two cups of black beans (379 calories) or more than one cup of edamame (249 calories).
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