Eating meat once in a while won’t do any harm to your health or body. In fact, it can give essential minerals and nutrients that your body needs. Even though some are saying that meat is just for pure taste satisfaction, for many nutritionist and food scientist, meat is a big factor for a balanced diet and healthful eating habit.
I think the reason why few people says eating meat is bad, is that, they have no or little knowledge about the type or kinds of meat available in the market. It is quite true that some meat doesn’t give benefits but there are quite handful of them that gives essential body nutrients. Check out the below list of different kinds of meat and their characteristics. They might come in handy for you in terms of choosing what to and what not to eat.
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Might be one of the healthiest meats you can eat. A great percentage of fat in beef is monounsaturated fat which is considered as a heart friendly fat. Just make sure the beef you will buy and eat is fresh and from organic cuts.
One of the tastiest meat but not considered that healthful compared to beef. Consume pork moderately and avoid eating the fats attached to pork meat.
Although lamb is a fat loaded meat, it is considered as one of the healthiest and tastiest meat ever. No wonder why lamb meat is always a best seller during special occasions and gatherings.
Ham, especially the canned or packaged ones, should only be consumed once in a while. It contains great amount of artificial flavorings that makes it really unhealthy.
Organic chicken meat is great source of iron and zinc. Just make sure to cook chicken meat in a healthful way too.
Organic and fresh turkey meat is packed with vitamins and zinc. It is also a known source of brain boosting nutrient called tryptophan.
I hope with the above meat information, you can now choose what not and what you can eat regularly. If you choose to include any of them at your diet, always make sure to consume in moderation.
Just like the other parts of our body, the processes and cells that support a vibrant and strong hair depend on a well-balanced diet. A healthy diet is not only good for our body but also for the thousands of hair follicles on our head. The nutrients that come from the food that we eat can help fortify the hair follicles, from which hair strands are born, as well as the scalp that surrounds them. Certainly, there is more to our hair than what we eat. Not enough sleep, hormonal imbalances, and smoking can also affect how our hair feels and looks. Still, we have more leverage than we might think. Eating a balanced, protein-rich, and varied diet, which focuses on the following 5 foods, we surely are giving our hair the TLC it deserves and needs.
Besides being rich in vitamin D and protein, which are both a key factor to strong hair, Salmon also contains omega-3 fatty acids. Our body needs these fatty acids to grow hair. The cell membranes in our scalp and 3 percent of our hair shaft are made up of these fatty acids. These natural oils keep our hair and scalp hydrated.
Aside from salmon, we can also get these essential fatty acids from other types of fish such as mackerel, trout, sardines, and herring.
Among all nuts, walnuts are the only ones that contain significant amounts of the essential omega-3 fatty acids. Also, they are rich in vitamin E and biotin, which helps protect our cells from DNA damage. This is especially good for hairs that are often exposed to the sun. Also, hair loss results from biotin deficiency. Another nutrient found in walnuts is copper, a mineral that helps maintain the hair’s natural color lustrousness and richness.
Aside from walnuts, walnut oil is also a good source of omega-3 and can be added to a salad dressing or used for stir-fry cooking.
Eating 3 ounces of oysters provide a whopping 493 percent of your needed daily zinc value. Zinc is another mineral needed for a healthy hair growth. The deficiency of this mineral can result to hair loss, which may even include the eyelashes, and flaky, dry scalp. Oysters are also a good source of protein, which is needed to replenish the hairs that were naturally shed every day. Protein deficiency can make the hair brittle, dry, and weak.
Aside from the oysters, eggs, beef, and nuts are rich sources of zinc and protein.
These potatoes are rich in antioxidant beta carotene, which turns into vitamin A when absorb by the body. Vitamin A is required to keep the cells in our body to function properly and efficiently. It also helps the body to produce natural oils that sustain and protect the scalp. Lack of vitamin A leads to itchy and irksome dandruff.
Aside from sweet potatoes, apricots, pumpkin, mangoes, cantaloupe, and carrots are also rich in beta carotene.
Rich in protein, eggs contain four key minerals, iron, sulfur, selenium, and zinc. Iron is especially important as it carries oxygen to every hair follicle. Iron deficiency is one of the major causes of hair loss, specifically in women.
Aside from eggs, animal sources like beef, pork, fish, and chicken can also help boost your iron stores.
But if you’re a time conscience person and don’t have time during the week to pamper yourself, investing in a good quality dry scalp shampoo will protect your hair and strengthen your roots.
Sarah is a hairdresser by trade and has been for the past 10 years. She loves cutting hair and making her clients feel good about herself, by writing these blogs she hopes that it may help give some people confidence with her beauty tips and tricks.