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Over the last several years beef nutrition has gotten some criticism about its fat content. The truth is, however, that as with many other foods, if you make healthy choices about the kind and amount of beef you consume, it is an excellent source of many of the nutrients you need daily and an excellent component of a healthy diet.

The American Council on Science and Health has concluded “lean beef in moderate servings, fits well in a heart-healthy diet.” There are now 29 different cuts of beef that meet government requirements for the “lean beef” designation. The recommended 3-ounce serving size of beef contributes less than 10% of the calories in a normal 2000 calories a day diet. That means a serving of beef has 4.5 mg or less of saturated fat and less than 95 mg of cholesterol. Over half of the fatty acids in beef are not saturated or trans fat but monounsaturated fats which are considered to be “heart-healthy” fats.

Beef nutrition content provides a huge amount of the much-need protein we need to stay healthy and active. One serving of lean beef provides 51% of the daily recommended amount of protein in the human diet. Protein is the building block of muscle and helps to grow not only larger, stronger muscles but also provides the amino acids that are essential for the body and that it needs to synthesize the protein it takes in. Protein is  a necessary body fuel and boosts energy production as well as strengthens the immune system.

Eating beef is almost like taking a multivitamin, given all of the vitamins and minerals contained in each serving. One serving of beef contains 10% of the recommended daily intake of protein, zinc, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, niacin, phosphorus and iron. Beef is, in fact, the number one source for zinc and B vitamins. B12 and B6 vitamins help produce red blood cells and studies show that they can be preventative and reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.

Zinc has many different uses in the body, including contributing to immune system health and helping wound and cut healing. Beef also has good amounts of other B-complex vitamins, such as niacin, thiamin, and riboflavin. These are important in energy production as well as contributing to healthy skin and vision. Vitamin B12 can only be found in animal products.

Lean beef nutrition is very high and with all of the vitamins and minerals, you can’t really go wrong by including it in your healthy diet plan. On top of that, beef tastes great and there are so many ways it can be prepared adding great variety to meals.


 

 


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