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Any nutrition in beef "broth" (liquid after cooking beef)??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 17, 2013 at 5:23 PM

I cooked 2 pounds of beef (chuck cut in cubes) in 3 cups of water (20 minutes in pressure cooker).

It's conventional beef so I let the liquid cool and remove the layer of fat on top.

Is there any nutrition in the liquid, or is it just beef colored water?

In contrast, when I cook a whole 3 pound chicken for 18 minutes in the pressure cooker, cool & toss the fat layer, it creates a very hearty gelatin. Since there were bones, I presume the broth has minerals. The chicken "broth" seems like it's much more nutritious. Is that true?

Thanks, Mike

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

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on February 20, 2013
at 11:04 PM

Soluble proteins and protein hydrolysates, minerals, a dab of glycogen. Even if it were nutritionally neutral, it's delicious and great for making other dishes.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 17, 2013
at 08:20 PM

100 grams of beef fat = 22 ounces of 80% lean ground beef. Probably much more when dealing with roasts and other cuts.

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on February 17, 2013
at 08:17 PM

Grass-fed versus grain-fed, there's such a tiny difference in fat composition because beef is so low in PUFA. Beef is approximately 4% PUFA. So for every 100 grams of beef fat (that's a lot of cow), you have 4 grams of PUFA. Grass-fed beef is what around 3-4:1 O6 to O3 (it's not a source of excess omega-3s!) and grain-fed is something around 10:1. So you have around 1 gram of omega-3 in that grass-fed beef and 0.4 grams of omega-3 in grain fed. There's really no excess omega-6, it's just a difference in omega-3 content. So the difference is a mere 0.6 grams per 100 grams of beef fat.

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on February 17, 2013
at 06:24 PM

@Matt: I thought the whole point of this paleo thing is to avoid the n6 in conventional, and instead go for grass fed because of the better n3:n6 ratio?

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on February 17, 2013
at 06:02 PM

yes, cubes of beef. Sorry for the confusion. I'll edit my question.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on February 17, 2013
at 06:02 PM

yes, cubes of beef. Sorry for the confusion. I'll edit my question.

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on February 17, 2013
at 05:54 PM

If you mean cubes of beef, stewed then yes, there is goodness in the liquid and well worth drinking. I think you would need to include bones, gristle etc to get a gel which has different nutrients in it but both are well worth while. There used to be a drink made in the UK (and probably elsewhere) called beef tea, which was beef scraped into fine shreds and boiled up in water, strained and the liquid drunk as a nutritional "tea" for invalids. Very delicious, too!

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 17, 2013
at 06:20 PM

Oh, the poor beef fat you tossed... wasted.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on February 17, 2013
at 06:24 PM

@Matt: I thought the whole point of this paleo thing is to avoid the n6 in conventional, and instead go for grass fed because of the better n3:n6 ratio?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on February 17, 2013
at 08:20 PM

100 grams of beef fat = 22 ounces of 80% lean ground beef. Probably much more when dealing with roasts and other cuts.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on February 17, 2013
at 08:17 PM

Grass-fed versus grain-fed, there's such a tiny difference in fat composition because beef is so low in PUFA. Beef is approximately 4% PUFA. So for every 100 grams of beef fat (that's a lot of cow), you have 4 grams of PUFA. Grass-fed beef is what around 3-4:1 O6 to O3 (it's not a source of excess omega-3s!) and grain-fed is something around 10:1. So you have around 1 gram of omega-3 in that grass-fed beef and 0.4 grams of omega-3 in grain fed. There's really no excess omega-6, it's just a difference in omega-3 content. So the difference is a mere 0.6 grams per 100 grams of beef fat.

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4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

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on February 17, 2013
at 05:51 PM

I think the question is about cubes of actual beef?

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7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

on February 20, 2013
at 07:09 PM

So what exactly would be in the remaining liquid that would be nutritious ???

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

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on February 20, 2013
at 11:04 PM

Soluble proteins and protein hydrolysates, minerals, a dab of glycogen. Even if it were nutritionally neutral, it's delicious and great for making other dishes.

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on February 17, 2013
at 05:29 PM

typical beef cubes ingredients = SALT, MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE, SUGAR, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED PALM OIL, CORNSTARCH, AND LESS THAN 2% OF DEHYDRATED BEEF, CARAMEL COLOR, NATURAL FLAVOR, DISODIUM INOSINATE, SPICES, TURMERIC, TBHQ (PRESERVATIVE).

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on February 17, 2013
at 06:02 PM

yes, cubes of beef. Sorry for the confusion. I'll edit my question.

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