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Beef Jerky Diet ?

cavemanIt seems that the first of every year we’re bombarded with ads to join various gym program along with a myriad of diets. All in the name of getting healthy. This year is no different. However, have to admit, I was surprised to see a diet touting beef ‘jerky’.

While beef jerky (or any jerky for that matter) is a perfect snack, can’t say that I’d ever thought of making it part of a planned diet targeting weight loss. In this particular book referenced in the article I read – Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat” – the author recommends foods that our early, very early ancestors might have eaten. Fruit, nuts , meat. Definitely not for the vegans out there. The book claims that meaty snacks – like jerky – raise the dopamine and seratonin levels in the brains resulting in a healthy body. Read more about dopamine and seratonin by clicking on the linked word.

The book also stresses that the jerky meat (beef in this case) should be raised on grass. More healthy. For other information on organic beef, visit this link.

Overall, basic healthy eating is also covered in the book with the following recommendations being some of the diet changes suggested:

  • Eat fresh, unprocessed foods, i.e., vegetables, fruits, lean meats, fish – stay away from processed foods
  • Avoid sugars
  • Avoid fats, i.e., trans fats and hydrogenated oils (olive oil & butter are OK)
  • Eat protein such as pastured poultry, grass-fed beef and wild fish

While beef jerky isn’t the primary focus of this diet, it can be part of a well-balanced diet. Overall the book sounds like it is just good, old common sense eating.

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[1] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2532207/Gorgeous-girls-eat-meat-New-diet-book-says-secret-staying-slim-replacing-bread-beef-jerky.html

 

 

 

 

 

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