Steak and Alcohol Actually Good For a Guy September 19 2012

When it comes to eating a healthy dinner, would you say that steak and alcohol make the cut? The duo has always been a mouth-watering favorite of guys, but often eaten with a bit of guilty pleasure. But, fret no more! Surprisingly, it turns out that this manly meal is a healthy gift for guys who love to eat – it’s actually good for you in more ways than one!

Red meat, in general, has long gotten a bad rap, linking it to high levels of saturated fat and an increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. But, there are actually 29 cuts of lean beef that, when enjoyed in moderation, can be beneficial to a guy (or gal).  Most experts will agree that lean beef helps more than hurts; it’s a super source of vitamins B6 and B12, selenium, zinc, potassium and many other essential nutrients. Plus, beef is packed with protein.  You just want to make sure you’re eating one of the lean cuts such as sirloin, tenderloin or flat iron. For example, you can save nearly 15 grams of saturated fat by choosing a filet mignon over rib-eye steak. If you are making steak for a special celebration (or really any reason), make a sizzling statement with one of our favorite gifts for men – a steak branding iron.

Now, for something to wash it all down – a drink! Break out the beer mugs, highball and wine glasses; a study from Harvard suggests that moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages like beer, wine or liquor could actually lower a guy’s chances of suffering a heart attack by 40 to 60 percent. Likewise, a recent British study discovered that moderate alcohol consumption along with a healthy lifestyle could add 14 years to life. While, everyone knows that alcohol abuse is not a good for a person’s well-being, it appears that 1 -2  drinks per day could be beneficial.  For example, it has been shown that the Resveratrol found in red wine increases levels of “good” cholesterol and protects against artery damage. Research has shown that the antioxidant may also reduce risk for certain cancers and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Our handsome personalized red wine glasses are so perfect for enjoying wine for all these (ahem) medicinal reasons!

Now here’s a twist on the steak and alcohol consumption – put the two together in a marinade. Apparently, alcohol-based marinades have been shown to significantly reduce the amount of heterocyclic amines (HCAs) found on meat after cooking. HCAS are something you don’t want too much of, they are carcinogenic chemical compounds that form as a result of cooking meat at high