When it comes to carbohydrate content, beef products are certainly at the low end of the range. Beef
it typically high in protein with little to no carbohydrate content. This would seem to make beef an
excellent choice for both low-carb dieters and diabetics. However, this seemingly favorable nutritional
makeup doesn’t necessarily open the door to unlimited beef consumption.
A proper diet for diabetics and dieters alike depend on proper portion control. Beef can certainly be
considered part of a healthy, low-carb diet, but shouldn’t be consumed in unlimited quantities.
One thing you have to watch for in cuts of beef is the level of fat. Some cuts of beef can end up adding a
great deal of fat to your diet. In the interest of limiting your risk for other conditions, you would do well
to restrict your beef intake to the leaner cuts.
More than a few studies have called into question the wisdom of eating red meat, citing various health
risks. However, there are some benefits to consuming red meat in sensible portions. For example, beef
is high in zinc, which can support immune system health. It is also rich in easily accessible iron. Vital
minerals like phosphorus, potassium and magnesium are found in red meat. Eating lean red meat is
associated with many weight loss success stories.
On the other hand, red meat has been linked to an increased risk of bowel cancer. Red meat
consumption has also been connected to increased risk for arthritis and osteoporosis. A diet with large
amounts of beef can add significant amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol. Recent studies have also
linked red meat to breast cancer.
Some people may prefer not to eat red meat for ethical reasons. Common substitutes for beef include
dry beans, which provide high levels of fiber and protein at a much lower cost. Textured vegetable
protein is also available that is designed to look and taste like real ground beef.
The bottom line on beef is that lean versions can prove to be an excellent source of protein and iron
without adding to your overall carbohydrate intake. As with most foods, choosing the highest quality
cuts and controlling the portions you eat is the best defense against any ill effects that may come from