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SUPPORTING BEEF IN HEART-HEALTHY DIETS
 
February is American Heart Month, and it is the perfect time to showcase beef’s role in a heart-healthy diet. The Beef Checkoff is able to support numerous research studies that explore beef and heart health, and provide sound science about beef’s positive nutritional profile. In fact, many of these research studies have shown that incorporating lean beef in a heart healthy diet can maintain healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels. So, what does the science say?

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BOLD. The Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD) Study shows that a heart-healthy diet including 4-5.5 ounces of lean beef daily supports heart health. Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, research from the Pennsylvania State University found that people who participated in the BOLD Study maintained healthy blood cholesterol levels while consuming a dietary pattern rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins with lean beef as the primary protein source. As a randomized, controlled feeding study, the BOLD study is a robust addition to the body of evidence that supports including lean beef in a heart-healthy diet. (Roussell M, et al)

Mediterranean Diet. Researchers at Purdue University found that a Mediterranean-style healthy dietary pattern incorporating fresh lean beef can reduce heart disease risk factors such as total and LDL cholesterol as well as blood pressure. By incorporating 7-18 ounces of cooked fresh lean red meat per week into their Mediterranean-style healthy dietary pattern, individuals who were overweight or moderately obese were able to improve their cardiometabolic disease risk factor profile. (O’Connor L, et al.)

Beef WISE. The Beef WISE study, conducted by the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, showed that lean beef is just as effective as other proteins in improving weight loss potential and body composition and in supporting heart health when included as a part of a healthy, higher-in-protein diet. Specifically, the Beef WISE Study demonstrates that eating lean beef four or more times a week, as part of a healthy, higher-protein diet, combined with physical activity, can help people lose weight and fat mass while maintaining lean muscle, and supporting heart health. This study shows that lean beef is just as effective as other protein choices to improve weight loss potential, body composition and support heart health, when included as part of a healthy, higher-protein diet. (Sayer RD, et al)

Type 2 Diabetes. Recent research conducted at Indiana University showed that individuals at risk for type 2 diabetes can choose to substitute lean, unprocessed beef for refined carbohydrates without increasing cardiometabolic risk factors. This research supports evidence showing that lean beef is a part of heart-healthy, diabetic-friendly diets supporting metabolic and cardiovascular health – specifically, individuals have the flexibility to include up to about 6 oz of lean unprocessed beef in their daily healthy diets without increasing risk factors for heart disease or type 2 diabetes. (Maki KC et al.)
 
HEART-HEALTHY RECIPES
Enjoying lean beef in a heart-healthy lifestyle is easier than you think with these recipes featuring lean beef, fresh fruit and vegetables, and whole grains. These Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. recipes are all certified by the American Heart Association®.
BEEF POT ROAST WITH CIDER GRAVY AND MAPLE SWEET POTATOES

This pot roast recipe is sure to warm you and your family on a cold day. To make it even better, this heart healthy pot roast recipe come with gravy and potatoes.
 
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TOP SIRLOIN STEAK WITH ASPARAGUS AND TOMATO ORZO

Try this juicy top sirloin steak paired with a tomato-caper sauce served over a bed of orzo and asparagus.

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BEEF CONFETTI TACO SALAD

Enjoy this salad at home on Taco Tuesday or any night of the week. Your favorite taco ingredients are deconstructed and served up on a salad.

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STEAK AND BLACK BEAN SOFT TACOS

This steak taco recipe gets extra flavor from a black bean and salsa paste and fresh toppings.

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LEARN WITH BEEF: EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES & RESOURCES
We have created an abundance of educational materials and resources for nutrition and health experts. Materials include:
ASK THE EXPERT: KATIE SERBINSKI, MS, RD

For additional information regarding beef nutrition research, resources, as well as partnership opportunities, please contact Katie Serbinski, MS, RDN, Director of Nutrition and Consumer Communications for the Michigan Beef Industry Commission.

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