Nutrition Tips For Beef Lovers

Here in the Midwest, beef is a popular choice when it comes to deciding what to serve for dinner. Beef sometimes gets a bad rap when it comes to nutrition but if you are trying to eat healthy, you may be relieved to learn that you don’t need to ban beef from your diet. Beef is rich in many important nutrients such as protein and iron and by choosing lean cuts, paying attention to your portion size and using low-fat cooking methods, you can continue to incorporate beef into a heart healthy diet. Here are some tips: 

1)      Look for lean cuts: There are 29 cuts of beef that meet the US Department of Agriculture’s, (USDA) guidelines for lean. These cuts are lower in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol in comparison to other cuts of beef but they still deliver when it comes to flavor and some of your favorites are probably included such as: 93% lean ground beef, T-bone steak, sirloin steak, flank steak, top and bottom round roast and many more. For a complete list of lean cuts of beef, click here: http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/CMDocs/BIWFD/29%20lean%20cuts%20wallet%20card.pdf

2)      Be conscious of your cooking methods: Rather than frying, choose cooking methods that require little to no added fat such as grilling, roasting or broiling. Also, trim away visible fat from beef before cooking and drain any fat that appears while cooking.

3)      Be smart about serving size: Recommended serving amounts from the Protein Foods group vary depending on your age, gender and activity level but most of us need around 5-6 ounces per day. A good way to judge your serving of beef is to compare it to a deck of cards, which is about the size of 3 ounces of meat. This may seem small, but remember that in addition to meat, your plate should be filled with other nutrient rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy foods. 

For a delicious recipe that includes lean ground beef, try Beef Stuffed Peppers.

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