By Scarlett Hagins On January 16, 2017
Many people find great success in sticking with their new year’s resolutions to be healthy and stay fit by enjoying beef as a top source of lean protein and essential nutrients. Here are few great reasons to include lean beef in your diet!
1. Heart Healthy
Research shows that eating lean beef can help lower cholesterol levels as part of a heart-healthy diet and lifestyle. That’s pretty amazing!
In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from Penn State University conducted a Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD) study, where participants consumed lean beef daily as part of a heart-healthy diet. They found that the participants showed reductions in a variety of risk factors for heart disease, including total cholesterol, LDL “bad” cholesterol and blood pressure.
Why is this so AWESOME? Opting for a serving of lean beef every day can easily fit into a heart-healthy diet.
2. Waistline Warrior
Protein plays an extremely important role in weight loss, and lean beef is equipped to provide you all the benefits. Research shows that protein-rich food like lean beef may help increase feelings of fullness and control cravings, while also packing ideal levels of a key compound called leucine, which helps your body build calorie burning muscle.
3. Packs a Punch
Calorie for calorie, it’s hard to find a food that beats all the nutrients you get from a single serving of lean beef. When you’re reducing your caloric intake to lose weight, it can be hard to get all the nutrients that your body needs to stay nourished and energized. Just a 3-ounce serving of lean beef provides 25 grams of protein — for only 154 calories! — and contains 10% or more of your daily needs of all these essential nutrients:
- Protein (48%)
- Zinc (36%)
- Vitamin b12 (44%)
- Selenium (40%)
- Phosphorus (19%)
- Niacin (26%)
- Vitamin b6 (22%)
- Iron (12%)
- Riboflavin (10%)
- Choline (16%)
4. Satisfying Selections
A major drawback of dieting can be bland menu options. No need to worry about that with beef! Lean beef brings the variety of flavors that you love with the health punch your body needs. Don’t subject your taste buds to bland proteins. Check out some of the most popular lean beef cuts like Strip Steak, T-Bone and Tenderloin Steak.
Nearly half of the protein you need and 10 essential nutrients for about 150 calories per 3-ounce serving? That’s the power of lean beef.
And beef gives you power. Power to feel fuller longer. Power to stay active longer. Power to manage your weight. All while giving your body the nutrition that it needs.