Beef is a staple ingredient in many dishes, as it serves as one of our major food sources for protein and energy. Selecting grass-fed beef is important. Grass-fed beef comes from cows that are allowed to forage on grass, making them highly valuable for their nutrients. Grass-fed beef is rich in omega-3s, which are beneficial in preventing heart disease.
It’s wise enough to avoid CAFO (confined animal feeding operation) beef, since it came from cows that are typically raised with artificial growth hormones and injected with antibiotics. Eating CAFO beef can expose you to excessive antibiotics that can take a toll on your overall health and put you at risk for many diseases.
If you want to serve your family a healthy beef dish, try spicing it up with jalapeno chilies and cumin like in this beef bean chili recipe.
We recommend consuming 100 percent grass-fed beef. Not only does it contain high levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), organically raised beef also protects against antibiotic-resistant disease, which primarily comes from eating CAFO meats. CLA offers other beneficial effects to your body like reducing insulin resistance and fighting cancer.
Grass-fed beef contains higher amounts of omega-3 fats compared to fish, and contains a healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fats play a key role in the prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease, hypertension, arthritis, and cancer. Grass-fed beef is also rich in calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
Kidney beans offer a wide range of health benefits especially for those with diabetes, insulin-resistance, or are hypoglycemic, as they contain high amounts of fiber, which can help prevent the increase of sugar levels in your blood.
Kidney beans also provide positive effects for your heart. A study revealed that consuming 21 grams of high-fiber foods like kidney beans every day for 19 years among 10,000 American adults significantly reduced their coronary heart disease risk by 12 percent and had 11 percent decrease risk of cardiovascular disease.
Magnesium, manganese, and iron are other essential nutrients you can get from kidney beans. Magnesium is important in maintaining regular blood flow throughout our body, while iron is an important component of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen from the lungs to your cells. Menstruating women and adolescents should load up on iron as they highly need it.
Aside from giving your foods a spicy twist, jalapeno is also sizzling with beneficial effects for your body. It contains a high amount of vitamin C that meets 18 percent of the recommended daily amount for men and 23 percent for women. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that fights off free radicals, which can cause cell damage.
Jalapeno contains pyridoxine as well as vitamins E and K, which is efficient in promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones.
One of jalapeno’s essential chemical is capsaicin, as it provides positive effects for your body, like supporting weight loss when added to your diet. A study has revealed that this compound may help prevent weight gain through decreasing calorie intake, shrinking fat tissue, and lowering your blood fat levels.
Aside from helping to shed off extra weight, capsaicin also works great as an anti-inflammatory, as it reduces pain and inflammation from arthritis. Moreover, research has shown that capsaicin may help prevent the growth of cancer cells in the prostate while preserving the healthy ones.
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