Building a Heart-Healthy Diet with Lean Beef

 Americans have always had a love affair with beef and a recent survey shows that whether celebrating a special occasion or enjoying an everyday meal, Americans love Beef. Yet, people are often surprised to learn that lean beef can also be good for their heart. Research shows naturally nutrient-rich lean beef can be an important part of a heart-healthy diet. 

Heart-y Beef Facts:

• Beef is an excellent source of protein, a powerful nutrient that helps strengthen and sustain bodies and hearts. 

• A substantial body of evidence shows protein can help in maintaining a healthy weight, building muscle and fueling physical activity – all of which play an important role in a healthful lifestyle and disease prevention. 

• Research studies have found that individuals with the highest protein intake had the lowest risk for coronary heart disease and the highest quality diets. 

• Protein consumption has benefits to reducing blood pressure. Research indicates that modest substitution of carbohydrate-rich foods with protein-rich foods may lower blood pressure in people with hypertension. 

• There are over 29 cuts of beef that meet government guidelines for lean, so it’s easy for people to “go lean with protein” and follow the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. 

• These 29+ cuts all have less than 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat, and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per serving and per 100 grams. 

• The 29+ lean cuts of beef include some of America’s favorite cuts like T-Bone, Tenderloin and 95 percent Lean Ground Beef.

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