Posted 1/24/2008 12:08 PM (GMT -6)
from my understanding beef includes lamb, bison (aka buffalo) and your basic steak, or cow based red meat. it can be in any form, however organic, free range, grass/pasture fed is strongly recommended.
the makers diet does not consider pork red meat, hence that is considered illegal and disallowed by the diet.
red meat can be hard for some to digest. i seem to tolerate it fine. the medical community has linked it to several sources of ailments, some of them erroneously, so just to be cautious you may want to limit your consumption to no more than 1-2 times per week, imho.
thoroughly cook your ground beef (health reasons explained by e-mom) but a steak can be cooked rare or medium rare (no more than this as more cooking will begin to destroy enzymes and nutrients). you want it to be grass/pasture fed and free of antibiotics/hormones/steroids, etc - a total must for me (stats show the nutritional quality in difference is staggering). you want lean meat too. buffalo is the leanest red meat available. and like lamb, it meets the requirements of being grass/pasture fed, free range, and free of any antibiotics and such. all the bad stuff one accumulates that the body cannot expel is stored in fat. this is why it is important to trim the fat from your meat otherwise you will be exposed to them as the animal was through bio-accumulation.
buffalo cooks just like cow but has a slightly different taste. i prefer my ground beef from cow but steaks can be either (all you need is a good rub or marinade and it is delicious).
remember, beef is a complete protein, which are good for you. but you would be fine if you make a personal choice not to eat red meat cos other sources of complete proteins include chicken, fish, and eggs (animal sources).