Many people consider that a meatless dish is not nutritious, others prefer dairy and vegetables instead of meat. How beneficial is eating meat? Nutritionists say that there must be a balance. Proteins are essential to good health as they provide essential amino acids that cannot be synthesized by the body and must be obtained from food. Proteins play an important role in the muscle structure and represent a basic element in maintaining a healthy immune system. These essential amino acids for the body can be obtained by combining two types of proteins: animal and vegetable. But it’s important to mention that unlike plant proteins, the animal ones contain more essential amino acids.
Fish is an excellent source of essential fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6, proteins, vitamins (A, B12, D, E) and minerals (potassium, iron, iodine, phosphorus, selenium). Regular consumption of fish meat prevents osteoporosis, inflammation, anaemia, accelerates burns and lowers risk of cardiovascular disease, can have positive effects on depression and bipolar disorder and increases calcium intake in the human body.
Chicken is a rich source of minerals, trace elements and vitamins, providing a variable proportion of most B vitamins, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, K, E, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium. Selenium from chicken meat plays an important role in many processes related to metabolism, including thyroid hormone metabolism, having a very important role in maintaining a high immunity of the organism. Located in abundance in poultry, selenium can prevent cataracts and heart disease.
Beef is a good source of iron. It also has a high content of vitamin B, which helps at red blood cells formation, of creatinine which is beneficial for muscle gain and of carnitine responsible for normal metabolism of fats. Beef has vitamin E, an important antioxidant with benefits for skin or vascular system, called also the youth and fertility vitamin.
Lamb has high nutritional values, it is an easily digestible source of iron and zinc. It is essential for strengthening the bones and tissue restoration and healing. It also contains a rare essential amino acid which gives the body energy. It is rich in many nutrients, including protein, iron, vitamin B12, zinc, selenium. It also contains manganese, selenium, copper, folic acid and antioxidants.
Duck meat maintains a healthy digestive tract and improves the nervous system. It also strengthens the body's immune system and ensures development. It is a good source of protein, niacin, phosphorus, riboflavin, iron, zinc, vitamin B6 and smaller amounts of thiamine and vitamin B12, folic acid and magnesium.
Meat is very important for the proper functioning of the body due to increased protein content and quality of minerals, but we must also take into account the daily amount of meat consumption, because we tend to overreact with eating meat and we might go from omnivores to carnivores.
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