Beef…it’s what’s for dinner. Americans may be surprised to learn that one of their favorite proteins, beef, is actually a very healthy food to include into your diet.
Calorie-for-calorie, lean beef is one of the most naturally nutrient-rich foods, providing 10 essential nutrients including protein, zinc and B vitamins and less than 10 grams of fat per 3 ounce serving.
- Beef is a high-quality protein source with 7 grams of protein per ounce.
- Many people connect red meat and beef with saturated fats. However, while they do contain saturated fats, beef is considered a primary source o monounsaturated fat in the diet, which is the heart-healthy form found in olive-oil.
- It also contains CLA, a fat shown to support the immune and inflammatory systems, improves bone mass, blood sugar, and body composition.
- Beef is an excellent source of vitamin B12 and very good source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, selenium, zinc and phosphorus.
Best Ways to Use
- Choose 90% and above for high protein, low-fat selections
- Eye of round roast and steak
- Sirloin tip side steak
- Top round roast and steak
- Bottom round roast and steak
- Top sirloin steak
- Use ground beef to make hamburgers, meatloaf, taco meat, etc.
- Grill or sear a nice cut of steak.
- Throw a roast in the slow cooker for tender cuts of meat to use for soups and stews.