A lot of people swear by specific steak rubs, passing down recipes from generation to generation or friend to friend. Most people don't even think about what goes into the rubs anymore, it's just something we do.
But what if you could have a steak rub that benefits your heart? What if you had one that works with your digestive system so that you get more nutrients out of your food?
I know this sounds a little farfetched, but if you put together the right herbs and spices, not only do you have a good tasting steak, you have an excellent benefit for your heart.
Why Choose These Ingredients For Your Healthy Steak Rub
Let's take a look at our favorite steak rub…
- 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoons onion powder
- 1 tablespoon fennel seeds, ground
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano, finely crushed
- 1 teaspoon dried cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
This is one steak rub you can use as much as you want.
These spices pack your steak with components that reduce inflammation. Paprika, black pepper, garlic, oregano, turmeric, and cayenne pepper all help reduce the inflammation in your body. They work by blocking certain reactions from several sources. Turmeric and paprika help reduce inflammation from cytokine flare-ups in people with autoimmune issues. Garlic, cayenne, and turmeric may help people with arthritis reduce the swelling in their joints.
When you eat your steak, you're not going to get a therapeutic dose or what is necessary to reduce the inflammation regularly. But, it will help you get there. Even a small bit of these spices is better than none at all.
Do you get a heavy, bloated feeling after eating a good barbecue?
Several of these spices help your body digest food a little bit easier. The primary ingredient that does this is fennel. Fennel seeds help break down the fats in your digestive system and help stimulate the gallbladder to release the bile that breaks down the fat molecules. If you have any problems with your gallbladder or gallstones, fennel is one spice that can be a great benefit when you use it regularly.
But let's not forget the onion and garlic, both of which help the acids in your stomach. Cumin also helps stimulate peptidase, the enzyme that breaks down protein. And to match that up, the black pepper helps boost lipase, the enzyme that breaks down fats.
Your heart health
Every ingredient here, except the sugar, works for your heart. The red color of the paprika and turmeric help reduce swelling around the heart and decreasing your blood pressure. Garlic helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as do the onion and oregano. The lovely kick from the cayenne pepper helps balance the sugar, which can keep your blood pressure at a better level.
Improved Nutrient Absorption
The biggest problem with some of these nutrients is they're not well absorbed. Some studies showed turmeric has less than 5% absorption rates in your digestive system.
That's why we added black pepper. Piperine is an antioxidant within black pepper that stimulates your digestive system to absorb nutrients. So, when you're eating this rub on a good steak, you're absorbing more of the healthier herbs, the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants within them, the healthy proteins and healthy fats from the steak.
And hopefully, you're having a good amount of vegetables with this steak so you can get all the antioxidants and nutrients from your vegetables.
The Final Rub Down
Yes, healthy can be delicious. You can use as much of this spice rub as meets your taste buds and know that it's helping your heart. If you have a little bit of an issue with diabetes or you don't like too much sugar, you can cut the sugar way back or even cut it out altogether. If you don't like too much salt, you can cut out the salt. Using more herbs and spices helps your body stay healthy and active, so go ahead and use the spice rub. It can go on meat or vegetables for a tasty, healthy kick.