Lean Beef

Evidence from clinical trials indicates that lean beef is equally as effective as lean white meat at lowering LDL cholesterol when included as part of a well-balanced, low-saturated fat diet. Did you know that there are more than 29 cuts of lean beef and many of your favorite cuts of beef meet the government labeling guidelines for lean? They include all-time favorites like flank steak, T-Bone steak, and sirloin steak. Learn more about your favorite lean cuts.

According to government guidelines, a serving qualifies as "lean" if it has less than 10g total fat, 4.5g or less saturated fat and less than 95mg cholesterol per 3.5 oz. serving. A serving qualifies as "extra lean" if it has less than 5g total fat, 2g or less saturated fat and less than 95mg cholesterol per 3.5 oz. serving.

Six extra-lean beef cuts are now certified to display the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark to help healthy consumers identify foods that meet criteria for saturated fat and cholesterol when labeled with the association’s heart-check mark. 

 

Learn more:

The Evolution of Lean Beef
Many of America's Favorite Cuts are Lean

Fun facts about lean beef:

  • Each lean beef cut is a nutrient powerhouse with eight times more vitamin B12, six times more zinc and three times more iron than the same size serving of a skinless chicken breast!
  • When shopping for lean cuts of beef, look for "Loin" or "Round" in the name.
 

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