Red Meat Does a Body Good (Bonus: Bison Burgers)

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Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

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Red meat–GOOD for you? You BUTTER believe it! (Oh yea…butter too!). Read on to learn more about the “bad fats” that have gotten a bad rep over the years (and an EASY recipe to fire up on the grill this week)…

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For many many years of my life, I avoided red meat—like the plague!

After all every single piece of advice from most nutrition books and news reports tells us:

  • “Saturated fats are bad.”
  • “Red meat causes cancer.”
  • “Bacon causes cancer.”
  • “Stick to lean meats.”

Move over old school advice!

It’s burger season and I am firing up the grill (well…the grill inside).

My latest kick?

Bison burgers!!!

If you don’t know me at all, then there’s one thing you should know: I am a burger (and sweet potato fry) connoisseur.

I love me a good burger. And while I typically prefer the taste of turkey burgers, red meat has made its way back to my plate and it’s a nice variety!

Contrary to popular belief, here are a few top reasons red meat (AND saturated fats) are GOOD for you…

  • Stronger bones
  • Improved liver health (Your liver rids of wastes and toxins in your body)
  • Decreased cardiovascular risk factors (YES, it’s true!)
  • Healthy lungs
  • Healthy brain function (Our brain is made up of fat, and saturated fats FEED our brain)
  • Strengthened immune system (Fat strengthens our cells to defend against disease)
  • Proper nerve function and signaling
  • Making food taste GREAT! (Duh!)

Grass-fed bison ALSO boasts: Omega-3 fatty acids (those rare fatty acids you find in wild-caught salmon and fatty fish, walnuts, flaxseed and fish oil)

Even if you don’t like red meat (like bison), you can find wholesome sources of saturated fats in other foods like:

  • Grass-fed butter
  • Coconut butter (delicious on potatoes, sweet potatoes, veggies, atop salads, or eaten alone!)
  • Coconut oil
  • Ghee (clarified butter)
  • Tallow
  • Lard
  • Duck fat (Duck fat+French fries…need I say more?)
  • Pasture raised egg yolks

Sure…but what about cholesterol! you say.

True, saturated fats are associated with cholesterolbut, guess what?

The cells in your bod are made of cholesterol, and in order to be made stronger (more supple, less body fat, less disease)—they neeeeeeed cholesterol to support their cell wall structure.

Researchers are also finding that the cholesterol scare is NOT something to be fearful of nowadays.

In fact, 75% of heart-attack patients’ cholesterol levels do NOT indicate “cardiac risk”—they DIDN’T have HIGH cholesterol, and cholesterol had nothing to do with their heart attack.

(In other words: eating cholesterol—like saturated fats–isn’t going to give you a heart attack).

Unfortunately, many folks are still scared of (some) fats (like red meat, butter and oil).

The REAL culprits of heart disease, poor health and stroke risk?

TRANS-FATS, sugar, additives and other processed foods.

Check out this study from the Journal of the American Heart Association.

A data analysis from 186 countries revealed a strong connection between dietary fat intake and death from heart disease—namely TRANSFATS.

Out of the 700,000 deaths observed from heart disease, only about one-third of those deaths (250,000) were associated with excess consumption of saturated fats.

TWICE that amount (537,200 deaths) were related to consumption of large amounts of trans fats.

Think, hidden fats that make fake foods, packaged food and restaurant food taste good and “live long” lives, like:

  • Packaged cereals, bars, chips and other crunchy shelf-life snacks
  • “Health food” shakes, bars and powders with loads of artificial ingredients
  • Vegetable oils and canola oils
  • Diet foods and frozen foods with additives
  • Conventional deli meats, sausages and bacon with nitrates
  • Donuts, pastries, muffins and other sweet baked goods
  • Fast food (cooked in vegetable and peanut oils)
  • Takeout from many chain restaurants

The moral of the story?

Red meat does a body good!

 Grab some grass-fed bison for yourself this weekend and fire up the grill with this EASY PEASY RECIPE (and my SECRET INGREDIENT):

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Bison Burgers

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Ingredients:
  • 1 lbs. grass-fed bison
  • 1 tbsp. coconut amino’s (secret ingredient!)
  • garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper, to taste

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Directions:
  • Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  • Form into 4 patties.
  • Heat 1 tsp. coconut oil in a non-stick cooking pan on the stove over medium heat (or whip out your cast-iron skillet)
  • Cook on one side until lightly browned, flip
  • Cook to desired doneness
  • Consume (with avocado on top, plus sweet potato fries or chips—of course!)

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Bison BurgerIf you haven’t tried Jackson’s Honest Sweet Potato Chips, you don’t know what you are missing! These chips are 100% free of trans-fats (unlike most chips) with only three simple ingredients: Sweet potatoes + coconut oil + sea salt.

 

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