Beef in a Healthy Diet
Lean meat is part of a healthy diet
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. The body of scientific evidence continues to grow in support of a balanced and varied diet that includes lean meat as a key to long-term health. Learn some surprising facts about lean beef.
Calorie-for-calorie, beef is one of the most naturally nutrient-rich foods. On average, a 3 oz. serving of lean beef is about 150 calories yet it is an excellent source of six essential nutrients: protein, zinc, vitamin B12, selenium niacin and B6 and is a good source of four essential nutrients: phosphorus, choline, iron and riboflavin.
Many of Americans favorite cuts are lean, including T-Bone, Tenderloin, Top Sirloin, and more. 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. Download the 29 lean cuts wallet card.
For more information on including lean beef in your diet, visit www.beefnutrition.org.