Meat: Power Cuts

Power your runs, boost recovery and stay lean with these cuts...

by Jessica Girdwain

beef, nutrition, running
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Craving a juicy steak? Go for it! Beef is rich in vitamin B, which helps convert carbs into the fuel needed to power you through a run, rather than the wobbly stuff that lingers on your waistline.

A 100g serving also supplies 34 per cent of your RDA of zinc, a mineral essential for a strong immune system. You’ll get two milligrams of iron, too, which is a plus because “running, especially high mileage, breaks down red blood cells, so athletes need about 30 per cent more iron than non-athletes”, says Keen. That’s 10mg for men and 23mg for women daily.

Keep it lean

Lean cuts include sirloin, fillet steak, flank or 95 per cent lean minced beef. The perfect portion is palm-size.

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Discuss this article

 'Staying slim doesn’t have to mean a diet of lettuce', chicken breast 'should definitely be part of your nutrition plan', and 'working different meats into your diet will save your taste buds from monotony'? 

Oh please.

I'm vegan and a runner. I have a varied and tasty diet with plenty of protein, iron and nutrients. Believe it or not there are actually more choices out there than just meat and lettuce.


Posted: 27/06/2012 at 21:18

Another way to look at this:

Running on plants works for me.

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 11:15

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