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A Bull with Gills? (Part 2 of 4)

By Alia | In Nutrition, Rest Day | on April 14, 2013

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      As an omnivore (or “Om Nom Nom”ivore as I like to call myself), I like to try everything under the sun. But I also want to consume things that will help me recover and be a healthy human. Beef and fish are my two favorites. But sometimes I don’t want a heavy steak for dinner and reheating fish is not an ideal way to eat lunch. So I wondered, how do the two compare in nutritional value? Well here is a simple breakdown. Lets take a 6 oz serving of Beef and Salmon (nice fatty fish) as an example for comparison.
Protein: Very simply, protein is an important building block made of amino acids. It is used to rebuild muscles and tissues, strengthen the immune system and promotes a healthy heart. The suggested amount of protein the average person needs is half their bodyweight in ounces at the very least. Not eating enough protein can lead to muscle loss.
Per 6 oz serving:
Beef has around 38g Protein
Fish has around 34g Protein

Fats: You always hear good fat and bad fat. Beef and fish from sustainable and clean sources are good sources of the ‘good fat’. Both grass fed beef and wild caught fish are good sources of Omega 3’s. However higher amounts of these healthy fats are found in grass fed beef. Don’t assume that your average cut of grain fed beef from a supermarket to offer a good dose of Omega’s.
Per 6 oz serving:
Beef has around 25g
Fish has around 4g

Iron: Iron is a conduit to transport oxygen throughout the blood. Both Beef and Fish are solid sources of heme iron. Heme iron is easily absorbed by our bodies and are only found in animal flesh. Vegetables supply non-heme sources which are not as efficiently absorbed by our bodies.
Per 6 oz serving:
Beef: ~6mg Iron
Fish: ~3mg Iron

      Don’t take these measurements as ground truths. They are all estimates based on internet research. What I would like you to take away from this is awareness that whether you eat a bull or a gill make sure it’s good quality. You can get decent amounts of benefits from both. Change it up! Try a different type of bull or fish. Ever had swordfish? Ever tried Kobe beef? Try it, treat yourself and enjoy your food!



04.14.13 REST DAY

3 Comments to "A Bull with Gills? (Part 2 of 4)"

  • Kyle says:

    April 14, 2013 at 10:36 AM -

    Great Article! thanks

  • Portia says:

    April 14, 2013 at 5:05 PM -

    Where do you all get your quality fish and chicken? I found a grass-fed beef source at the farmers market. I typically just go to Whole Foods but any other options would be great to know of. Thanks.

  • Mike S. says:

    April 14, 2013 at 10:52 PM -

    Costco has frozen packs of wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon which seems to be decent quality. They’re individually sealed and frozen so they’re convenient.

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