How to get a steak that’s actually healthy?
I am pretty sure that, as a steak eater, you definitely heard of red meat being not only unhealthy, but truly EvIL! 😀
I certainly was told about that many-many-many times and, to be honest, that fear went inside me.
What if something bad would eventually happen?
Oh well, life is life…
However I did take some necessary steps to maximize the benefit of my steak eating endeavors and answered the “how to get a steak that’s actually healthy” question.
Here are the 3 points I keep in mind:
#1: Go Organic
Conventional beef in the US and many other countries is really horrible.
Seriously, to get those fatty “marbled” (as they call them) steaks, farmers can routinely inject steroids and antibiotics into animals, so that they grow faster.
Not only the animal is super young at the slaughter (approximately 6 months or so), but it can have residuals of these drugs in its tissues (especially fatty parts).
Do you want them inside your body, when you eat that steak?
This is when organic standard comes in…
“Organic” is a strict standard that doesn’t allow this steroid/antibiotic nonsense to happen – check more details from USDA (if you are interested what Organic label stands for).
Whenever possible I always go Organic and recommend you also try to do that.
#2: Go Grass-Fed
Nowadays farmers want animals to grow faster, so they can quickly slaughter them and get their money.
What do they use to make it happen?
Grain (especially when combined with antibiotics and steroids).
Grain and puffed flakes they use to feed cows (they look like muesli, but are more dense) are extremely fattening.
Needless to say that a cow that’s gaining fat is not turning healthier because of that.
Now, if you eat that steak, you will also not get much healthier…
This is when grass-fed beef comes into play.
Grass is what cows were made to eat.
Because of grass, they grow much slower (and tastier, because they have so much time to accumulate flavor) and leaner, which also reduces fat content of steaks.
Even more, grass-fed steaks have good things like CLA inside (here is one of quite a few studies about grass-fed beef).
It also has a better omega-3/omega-6 ratio and less saturated fat, which can affect serum cholesterol in your body in a negative way.
Grass-fed beef seems to also have a lower carbon footprint, because there is less demand for irigation.
#3: Go Humane
Last, but not least, is humane animal treatment.
Conventional steaks are obtained from cows that are killed under extreme stress, which doesn’t affect meat quality in a positive way.
Humane animal treatment is more about having animals to live a happy life, while allowing us, humans, to also benefit from it after all.
How to Get The Most Healthy Steak?
So, where to get this type of thing?
In all fairness, t is quite hard to get meat like this and it took me a while to find something of great quality.
Something that I would enjoy using myself.
Five years after I launched SteakEat, recently I finally came across these guys here and this is what they say:
We flew out to farms and taste-tested every cut from every farmer. If we didn’t love it, you won’t get it. The search is over. This is your box.
I think so!
Basically they stock grass-fed beef that’s free of antibiotics/hormones, free-range chickens and amazing pork.
And all of these animals are also raised humanely.
The 4th of July is almost here! 😉
P.S. They currently offer a bonus for a limited time only – a FREE uncured, sugar-free bacon in your first box (see it here).
P.P.S. And they have FREE delivery straight to your door.