Eid-ul-Adha is approaching, but unfortunately, there are still many people who hesitate to consume meat due to various reasons. From concerns about high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gout, to weight issues, these fears prevail. However, it’s important to note that consuming meat in moderation offers numerous benefits.
An article on “Sehat Negeriku” page, launched by the Indonesian Ministry of Health, presents valuable insights about the advantages of meat consumption, as summarized by Human Initiative.
The meat from Qurban goats and beef that you consume contains a wealth of nutrients. Just 100 grams of meat consists of 0.0 grams of carbohydrates, 18.0 grams of fat, 24.9 grams of protein, and 268.9 calories.
Every bite of Qurban meat you consume is packed with protein, which serves multiple functions in the body. Proteins aid in building and repairing body tissues, producing hormones, enzymes, and other essential chemicals. Moreover, protein helps develop muscles, bones, skin, and blood, while also acting as an energy source, providing 4 calories per gram of fat.
Meat fat not only aids in the absorption of fat-soluble minerals and vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E, and K but also supports brain function. Additionally, fat serves as an energy source, providing 9 calories per gram of fat.
Given the multitude of benefits associated with meat consumption, it’s no wonder that meat is regarded as a valuable source of nutrition. The Indonesian Ministry of Health highlights a study conducted by Headey et al. (2018), which provides strong evidence of the relationship between stunting and the consumption of animal-based foods (such as milk/processed products, meat/fish, and eggs) in toddlers aged 6-23 months. The research further suggests that consuming food derived from multiple types of animal protein is more beneficial than relying solely on one type.
Apart from controlling meat portion sizes during Eid al-Adha, it is crucial for individuals to know how to cook meat properly. Ideally, meat should be cooked thoroughly while avoiding frying and charring. Frying meat increases its fat content while charring meat poses the risk of adding carcinogenic substances that can cause cancer.
To achieve balanced nutrition, it is recommended to consume meat alongside vegetables, fresh produce, and fruits. Including brown rice, tubers, and vegetable proteins such as tempeh and tofu in your diet would be beneficial.
Despite the numerous benefits of consuming meat, excessive intake is still not advisable. Nutritionist, Dr. Tan Sot Yen, mentioned on the Sehat Negeriku website that mutton and beef contain saturated fats, which can have negative effects if consumed excessively.
During Eid al-Adha, it is advised to control the meat portion and avoid consuming the stomach area, particularly the innards. Furthermore, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) in 2013 states an average adult protein requirement of 65 grams per person per day. In other words, meat consumption can be limited to 2-3 times a week.
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