Beef and Heart Health

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.

Hearty 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.
  • Half of the fatty acids in beef are monounsaturated – the same heart-healthy type of fat found in olive oil.
  • There are 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.

For more about beef and heart health, visit Building a Heart-Healthy Diet with Lean Beef.

 

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