Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Beef is Heart-Healthy

Over the Christmas season many families plan and prepare meals for their families.  A source of meat is usually the centerpiece and highlight of the meal. At my house, we typically have prime rib or brisket for our Christmas Eve meal when my Mom's side of the family gathers at our house.  Beef not only tastes amazing, it's also really good for you! It's the perfect main dish for holidays meals especially after indulging in sweets for most of the day. (I am guilty of this!)

A recent study conducted at Pennsylvania State University proved that meat is heart healthy and can improve cholesterol levels when eaten daily. Patients in the study all had high cholesterol and were assigned to one of four diets. Each diet contained a daily serving of beef ranging in amounts of 0.7 ounces to 5.4 ounces per day.  At the  conclusion of the study (5 week duration), patients receiving diets that included 5.4 ounces or 4 ounces of beef per day reduced their LDL cholesterol by 10%.
Richard Thorpe, Texas medical doctor, father, and beef producer, stated,
"I have proudly and confidently served my family beef and have recommended it to my patients for years. The BOLD study is further proof that Americans should feel good knowing the beef they enjoy eating and serving their loved ones is not only a nutrient-rich, satisfying food that provides 10 essential nutrients in about 150 calories but is good for their heart health as well.”

For the complete article visit http://www.beefusa.org/newsreleases1.aspx?NewsID=1341.

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