Today’s blog post is inspired by an article that popped up on my newsfeed earlier this week. It was posted by Fitness Magazine and had an image of a hamburger as the article cover, which naturally caught my eye. Preparing myself for the worst, I clicked the link expecting to find a negative perspective on red meat consumption… but to my pleasant surprise, I read the following:
Myth: A grilled-chicken sandwich beats a burger.
The real deal: This seemingly healthy favorite not only contains more calories — roughly 350 versus 250 — than a plain hamburger, but it can also be a sodium bomb. “Many restaurants use chicken that has been injected with a saltwater solution to keep it moist,” says Stephen Sinatra, MD, a cardiologist in Saint Petersburg, Florida, and a coauthor of The Fast Food Diet. Even a no-frills chicken sandwich with just lettuce, tomato, and mayo can pack more than 1,300 milligrams of sodium. That’s more than double the amount in a burger and more than half of your daily quota.
Worried about a burger’s toll on your heart? Don’t be. A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutritionfound that people who ate about five ounces of lean beef daily as part of a healthy diet lowered their cholesterol level by the same amount as those who ate less beef. To learn more about the study they are referring to, click here.
<insert happy dance here>
More often than not, I see misinformation regarding beef nutrition in the media. Myself, along with many other Beef Industry personnel, work relentlessly to provide consumers with accurate, factual and credible information and resources. Some may call us biased, and that’s respectable. I’m very proud of and have confidence in the industry I work for and represent. The research behind our beef messages are science-based and proven to be accurate. So, when you see items in the media that have been shared by either the SD Beef Council or Beef It’s What’s For Dinner accounts, feel confident in knowing that, although we may be biased because we are passionate and proud, our information is dependable and honest.
Now that I have that off my chest… I’ll continue 🙂
I especially liked this “nutrition myth” that Fitness Magazine used. So often I will hear people shamelessly say, “I really just want a big burger“, as though they would be “cheating” or consuming something that wasn’t considered to be good for them. What a relief it must be to know you can have that burger and without the side of guilt!
But before you go out and celebrate this wonderful news, keep a few things in mind. When dining out, keep it simple. Ordering your hamburger plain and then piling it high with garden veggies is a great way to go! Substituting your side of fries with a dinner salad or fresh fruit is also a good move. The protein from your deliciously beefy burger along with the the fiber from your veggies will certainly fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied (but not miserable)!
So instead of sharing a recipe this week, I wanted to share this great video with you. It shows how simple it is to make delicious burgers on the grill. Which, we now all know, is a healthy choice!