This braised beef recipe is truly a one-of-a-kind dish because of its delightful combination of super nutritious ingredients. Here are more reasons to love my Braised Beef Moroccan Style recipe:
- It uses organic, grass-fed beef.
A joint effort between the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Clemson University researchers determined a total of 10 key areas where grass-fed is better than grain-fed beef for human health. In a side-by-side comparison, they determined that grass-fed beef was:
- Lower in total fat
- Higher in beta-carotene
- Higher in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)
- Higher in the B-vitamins thiamin and riboflavin
- Higher in the minerals calcium, magnesium, and potassium
- Higher in total omega-3s
- A healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (1.65 versus 4.4)
- Higher in CLA (cis-9 trans-11), a potential cancer fighter
- Higher in vaccenic acid, which can be transformed into CLA
Another troubling aspect of grain-fed cattle involves the well-being of the animal and, consequently, the health effect this has on you. Common consequences among grain-fed cattle include acidosis, liver abscesses, bloating, feedlot polio, and dust pneumonia.
- It has turmeric.
This bright yellow spice, traditionally used as food and medicine, contains potent antioxidants and benefits that studies have shown can fight diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Research also suggests that turmeric may be helpful in:
- Treating inflammatory bowel diseases
- Lowering cholesterol levels
- Protecting the heart
- Relieving indigestion
- Improving liver function
- Preventing Alzheimer's disease
Cancer prevention and inhibited cancer cell growth –specifically cancer of the breast, colon, prostate, and lung, and childhood leukemia – are also on the list of possible benefits.
- It has cayenne pepper.
Cayenne is rich in capsaicin and contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium, manganese, and flavonoids, which give chili its antioxidant properties. It’s been proven to help relieve pain, burn calories and suppress appetite, treat psoriasis, and alleviate cluster headaches. 8
- It has garlic.
Garlic boasts an impressive list of historical use as a natural medicine with modern research to support it. Some of garlic’s most noted health effects include its ability to:
- Effectively fight against drug-resistant bacteria
- Reduce risk for heart disease and stroke
- Normalize your cholesterol and blood pressure
It's thought that much of garlic's therapeutic benefits come from its sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin, which also give it its characteristic smell. Other health-promoting compounds include oligosaccharides, arginine-rich proteins, selenium, and flavonoids.
- It has bone broth.
Bone broth contains a variety of valuable nutrients of which many Americans are lacking, in a form your body can easily absorb and use. Some of these include calcium, phosphorus, silicon, collagen, glucosamine, and chondroitin sulfate, and essential amino acids proline, glycine, and glutamine.
Aside from that, bone broth is also worth incorporating into your family’s everyday diet because of its astounding reputation as a food medicine. Experts have found that bone broth:
- Helps heal and seal your gut, and promotes healthy digestion
- Inhibits infection caused by cold and flu viruses
- Reduces joint pain and inflammation
- Encourages calming effects
- Promotes strong, healthy bones
- It uses antioxidant-rich fruit juice instead of alcohol-based wines.
Most braised beef recipes use wine to add extra flavor to the dish, but for this, I opted to use freshly made fruit juice that’s loaded with vitamins and antioxidants.
Resveratrol, an antioxidant often referred to as the fountain of youth due to its wide-ranging health benefits, is found in abundance in grape, pomegranate, and cranberry. Muscadine grapes have the highest concentration of resveratrol in nature because of their extra thick skins and numerous seeds where it’s concentrated.
Resveratrol is well-known for its broad-spectrum antimicrobial, anti-infective, cardio-protective, and neuroprotective properties. In addition to its anti-cancer properties, resveratrol has also been shown to help:
- Reverse oxidative stress
- Reduce inflammation
- Normalize your lipids
- Protect your heart
- Stabilize your insulin levels
I do not, however, suggest drinking large amounts of fruit juice as they contain veryhigh concentrations of fructose, which will cause your insulin to spike and may counter the benefits of the antioxidants. As a general rule, it's wise to severely restrict your consumption of fruit juice, especially if your uric acid is above the ideal levels. Also, if you suffer from type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, or cancer, you'd be best off avoiding fruit juices altogether until you've normalized your uric acid and insulin levels. Aside from that, I believe most will benefit from restricting their fructose to 25 grams a day; and as little as 15 grams a day if you're diabetic or have chronic health issues. Read this article to learn how much fructose can be found in different kinds of fruits.