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Beef (Steak)

Background

Beef comes from the meat of cattle and is eaten in many countries around the world. Red meat tends to get a bad rap, but when eaten in moderation, beef is an excellent supply of protein, iron and a variety of beneficial micronutrients! In Canada, beef is widely available in varying cuts.

 

Benefits

  • Beef is packed full of iron, which we use to carry oxygen and energy around our bodies.
  • Beef is also a great source of protein, which is essential for the growth, repair and maintenance of body tissues such as muscle, skin, organs, bones and blood.
  • Great source of vitamin A, which is needed for growth, development, immunity and vision.
  • Good source of selenium, which acts as an antioxidant to protect our body’s cells from damage caused by environmental damage (pollution, smoking).
  • A source of phosphorous. Phosphorous is needed to work alongside calcium in bone and teeth health, as well as used in almost every cell of the body for different balance and growth functions.

 

Nutritional Value of 2.5 oz. (75 g) of Cooked Tenderloin Steak

  • 146 calories
  • 0 g carbohydrate
  • 23 g protein
  • 5 g fat
  • 0 g fibre
  • 30% of daily iron needs

 

Did You Know

The iron content in beef and other animal products is known as heme iron. Heme iron is the most readily absorbed form of iron when compared to the iron found in plant-based foods, also known as non-heme iron. This means that the iron found in beef can be readily used by your body for a variety of important functions.

 

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