Yes, yes, yes…..the NEWS is GOOD! Beef IS healthy! Check out the FACTS….
Even hamburger can be a good dietary choice….just watch out for the side dishes. If you select 95% lean ground beef, a 3-oz. serving has only 139 calories and 2.4 grams of saturated fat and 5.1 grams of total fat. A 3-oz. serving of Bottom Round (either roast or steak) also has 139 calories and only 1.7 grams of saturated fat and 4.9 grams of total fat. A 3-oz. serving from the Eye of the Round (either roast or steak) is 144 calories with 1.4 grams of saturated fat and 4.0 grams of total fat.
In addition, there are 29 cuts of beef which are considered lean and can contribute to valuable nutrition. Most people do not realize that beef is a “nutrient-dense” food. That means that a 3-oz. serving contains many, many vitamins and minerals, including trace minerals that are hard to find in other foods.
So, a 3-oz. serving of lean beef represents LESS than 10% of the calories for a 2,000 calorie/day diet, but serves up huge quantities of PROTEIN, ZINC, B12, SELENIUM, AND PHOSPHORUS. It’s also an excellent source of NIACIN, IRON, B6, AND RIBOFLAVIN. All of these elements are vital to good health and nutrition and the LACK of them has been linked to cognitive and learning problems or delays in children, malnutrition and iron-deficiencies in teens, children, and women, and even help in the prevention of some forms of cancer (including breast cancer), as well as obesity.
When compared to chicken, Beef is a HEALTHY and EQUAL choice! Yes, eating BEEF is healthy. Compared to a 3-oz. portion of skinless chicken thigh, all 29 lean cuts of beef have LESS TOTAL FAT AND LESS SATURATED FAT.
Also, a 3-oz. serving of lean beef has 8x MORE B12, 6x MORE ZINC, and 3x MORE IRON than the same size serving of skinless chicken breast. As mentioned before, BEEF is a nutrient-dense food and represents a great choice in healthy eating. Its reputation has been tarnished, but the FACTS are CLEAR: Beef is BACK and BEEF is HEALTHY.
For more on preparing beef, check out: www.BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com, also www.culinary.net.
or google for great recipes. Also, check back with WHATSTHEBEEFFROMSOUPTONUTS.blogspot.com
I will continue to post nutritional information as well as environmental information and the positive aspects of beef and cattle.