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Steak, for those who have never had the fortune of tasting one, is a slice of meat, mostly beef but not necessarily, cooked to preference – rare, raw, medium, well-cooked or other variations of these – mostly grilled but can be broiled or pan-fried. There are different cuts that essentially define the tenderness of a steak. A steak without further elaboration is a beefsteak, although other animals like horses, elk, deer or sheep are also used. Even fishes like salmon or swordfish are used, though they are usually baked as opposed to being grilled.

Steak History

The history of steak is almost as old as the origin of man himself. Humans started hunting and slicing pieces of meat to share, and that’s how steaks were originally derived. Eventually, as man civilized, they refined their steak by cooking it and it has been around since.

Steak Types

With reference to the cut of meat, steaks have several types. The cut you choose also depends on what you want to do with the cut - if you want to pan-fry or broil? The cut changes the texture of your meat, the amount of fat and also, inevitably, its taste. The cut of your steak is determined according to which part of the animal it is cut from. Like the tenderloin or Eye Fillet, for example, comes from the mid-back, under the sirloin. The Fillet steak or undercut is the end of the eye fillet – quite lean and tender. The Club Steak is cut from the last two ribs The T-Bone Steak cut comprises the English Porterhouse, which is another cut of steak, and the fillet. There are others like Flank, Chuck, Blade, Rib Eye, Rump Steaks, Filet Mignon et cetera.

Steak or No Steak

There is a lot more to a steak than just the juicy meat and delectable taste. Meat is a very good source of fat that is essential for the prevention of particular cancers. It also replenishes our bodies with protein and some Vitamins and Zinc, too, which makes our immune system more powerful. Having so many benefits, steaks might not be the best idea for some people, as they are known to increase cholesterol levels. Of course with meat comes the issue of it being properly cooked. A steak that is not rightly prepared can be a health hazard. Breeders these days use unnatural chemicals to enhance the growth of their animals and those chemicals can be detrimental to our bodies. It is better to go with organic meat for that reason.
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