Beef Busters

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Overview

Over the last few decades, nutritional authorities have transformed the way we experience the family meal. No longer is "meat and potatoes" considered the standard for what should be served for dinner. With incontrovertible studies concluding that excessive beef consumption may be a contributing factor leading to serious health issues, such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and even certain forms of cancer, health practitioners are convinced that reducing the amount of beef you eat can significantly improve your quality of life -- if not prolong it by years.

Now, with beef recalls headlining the news nearly every day, millions of people around the world fear startling threats, such as Escherichia coli infection, listeriosis, and mad cow disease. What can families -- and the millions of people raised on hamburger, roast beef, beef sausage, and steak -- do to prevent themselves from getting sick?

Beef Busters, a comprehensive health plan for life, is a non-radical approach to help you and your family prevent disease, lose weight, and feel great. The authors of Beef Busters recognize that millions of people love beef and simply can't eliminate it from their diets "cold turkey." Nutritionist Marissa Cloutier, M.S., R.D., and health writers Deborah S. Romaine and Eve Adamson present a simple, safe, and effective four-tier program to help you trim the beef from your diet. You can start anywhere in the Beef Busters program, or progress through it from beginning to end: Reduce beef in your family's meals. Substitute other sources of vital nutrients for beef. Incorporate new elements in your diet. Eliminate beef from your table altogether.

Throughout this important work, the authors responsibly explain how to: Distinguish "good" beef options from "bad" in supermarkets, butcher shops, and restaurants. Select leaner cuts of beef for reduced cholesterol, fat, and calorie intake. Replace beef with healthier sources of protein and iron. Choose and prepare tasty and nutritious alternatives to beef. Protect against food-borne illnesses associated with beef products. Understand the potential risks of mad cow disease.

The book concludes with dozens of delicious and healthy recipes specially created for the Beef Busters program, along with a 14-day menu planner.

Whether you're seeking to reduce, substitute, or eliminate beef from your family's diet, Beef Busters provides you with real solutions to ensure a lifetime of good health for you and your family.

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Here's a book that was probably signed up at the height of a mad cow epidemic in Europe. If you missed the horror stories at the time or if you haven't read Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation or its turn-of-the-century ancestor, Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, now’s your chance to get up to speed.

Cloutier gives a straightforward account of the current research and findings, which confirm that mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BCE), comes from the bad practice of feeding cattle with the waste from slaughtered cattle. Its human equivalent, Variant Creuzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), arises when humans eat infected cows -- cooking cannot eliminate vCJD as it does E. coli. In fact, contaminated beef gives no clues -- it does not smell bad -- and ground beef is particularly vulnerable to food-borne pathogens.

Beef Busters provides charts of beef-borne illness and much advice for safe handling of beef. Undercooking and cross-contamination are the main culprits, so Cloutier advises cooking hot dogs until steaming hot; cooking steaks until the meat reaches 145° and ground beef to 160°; washing cutting boards in soapy water and bleach; and washing your hands, washing your hands, washing your hands. She gives many alternatives to meat for adding protein to your diet, suggestions for reducing beef consumption, recipes for lean-beef and no-beef dishes, and a 14-day menu planner.

Still can't give up hamburger? Cloutier recommends you grind your own at home, using a professional-grade food processor on solid muscle meat (steak). (Ginger Curwen)

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Worried about E coli O157:H7 in your beef? Salmonella? How about bovine spongiform encephalitis, or mad cow disease? Beef Busters will guide you gradually to a beef-free diet in four steps reduce, substitute, incorporate, and eliminate using a 14-day menu planner and over 60 recipes. Designed by a registered dietician and nutrition health writers, this book also helps the reader "steer" clear of beef byproducts hidden in foods as varied as marshmallows and yogurt while offering protein, iron, and B vitamin alternatives available in other meats and foods. A glossary and resource list are appended. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580626385
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Introduction xi
1 Americans, Beef, and the Wild, Wild West 1
2 Is Beef Safe? 19
3 Digestion and Metabolism 45
4 High Beef Consumption and Your Health 57
5 Protein and Iron 71
6 Fat and Cholesterol 81
7 Other Meats, Dairy, and Fish Too 91
8 A Healthy Weight and a Balanced Diet 101
9 Eating Vegetables without Being a Vegetarian 115
10 Busting Your Family Free 125
11 Four Steps to Busting Beef Cravings 137
12 Beef Buster's 14-Day Menu Planner 151
13 Recipes--Step 1: Reduce 167
14 Recipes--Step 2: Substitute 187
15 Recipes--Step 3: Incorporate 209
16 Recipes--Step 4: Eliminate 229
Glossary 245
Resources 253
Index 257
About the Authors 261
About the Contributors 263
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