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According to this NPR piece, eating raw meats is back in style but the CDC says the associated risks are definitely not worth it. However, many disagree and for good reason.
From the article:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is amplifying recommendations it’s made for years: Don’t eat raw or undercooked ground beef. And the call may take on new significance in the wake of reports released last week about a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella in which nearly half the victims reported eating a raw ground beef dish at the same restaurant.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says seven of the 16 people who were sickened reported eating kibbeh, a Middle Eastern dish made with Bulgar wheat, ground lamb or beef in this case, and spices, at the same restaurant before becoming ill back in December. There are traditionally both raw and cooked versions.
And how does steak tartare taste? “The raw, soft and creamy beef is perfectly balanced by the sharp and pungent flavors from capers, mustard and onions and by the crisp fries,” says writer Brian Lambaek.
But is eating raw meat worth it? CDC would say definitely not.
Raw beef, when properly cared for, is absolutely wonderful to eat as is described above. Texture and flavor are two of the most important parts of eating and uncooked meats provide both in a big way. While there is always the chance of contracting illnesses from ill-cared for meats and vegetables, the risk is a bit higher with meats, as everyone already knows; however, even though the CDC recommends otherwise, the benefits definitely outweigh the risks in the opinion of many. If you have gone through life avoiding such dishes simply because someone suggested you not do it for health reasons; live a little, it’s worth it.
What about you? Do you eat raw/uncooked meats? Is this because of the recent diet trends or simply because uncooked meats are tasty? Do you ignore the CDC’s shoe leather cooking recommendations anyway? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.