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Nutrition: Beef, Very Wimpy

Julie Upton, RD has grown leery of beef. She’s not eating it anymore, and, she recently discovered that as far as nutrients are concerned, beef doesn’t measure up—even when compared to burger alternatives. From Poked & Prodded:
The chart below shows that an 80% lean ground chuck broiled burger doesn’t measure up to eight popular meat-free patties (made from soy and/or veggies): The vegetarian options are a calorie and fat bargain and offer a good dose of fiber. Their only significant downfall: sodium. There’s less protein too, but most people who eat a balanced diet get plenty.

Red meat is a nutritional lightweight—with more cons than pros. Now, Dr. Fuhrman doesn’t recommend eating too many meat alternatives, but he’s all for eating lots and lots greens and in terms of nutrition, green veggies trounce beef. Check it out:

It really makes me mental when people insist red meat is an amazing source of nutrients. Sure, its got nutrients, but it’s far from the Holy Grail, more like a Dixie cup.
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