Beef Nutrition

Today’s beef is heart smart

For years, you’ve been getting mixed messages about beef’s dietary benefits. Yet the medical research is clear — you can consume six ounces of lean beef five to seven days a week as part of a heart-healthy diet and still lower blood cholesterol levels. The positive change recorded by consuming this modest amount of beef reduces the risk of heart disease by 10%.

Several studies provide direct evidence that the case against lean red meat has been misrepresented. One of the largest and longest, “Comparison of the Effects of Lean Red Meat vs. Lean White Meat on Serum Lipid Levels Among Free-Living Persons with Hypercholesterolemia” was recently published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a publication of the American Medical Association. One of the most surprising findings of this study was that participants who consumed lean red meat were more likely to follow their diet regimen than participants consuming only lean white meat.

Lean beef gives you a good supply of nine essential nutrients and vitamins. Beef is an excellent source of Protein, Zinc, B12, Selenium and Phosphorus. It is a good source of Iron, Niacin, Riboflavin and B6. Calorie-for-calorie, beef is one of the best sources of B Vitamins (B12, B6, Niacin and Riboflavin) which help the body use energy and regulate the body’s chemical reactions for growth and health maintenence. The antioxidant Selenium enhances the body’s ability to fight infections and may reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.

Moderation in Everything

Eating reasonable portions of delicious meats like beef as part of a balanced diet allows you to eat healthy and still enjoy yourself.