As found in the featured article, Beef: Nutrients That Work As Hard As You Do, fat is an essential nutrient. It provides for the absorption of fatsoluble vitamins and the formation of hormones, and it can be used as an energy source. More than half the fatty acids in beef are monounsaturated, the same type of fatty acids found in olive oil and championed for their heart-healthy properties. In addition, approximately one third of the saturated fat in beef is stearic acid, which is shown to have a neutral effect on blood cholesterol. Lean beef fits easily into low-fat meal plans designed to decrease blood cholesterol levels. Research shows that Americans can eat six ounces of lean red meat five or more days a week as part of a cholesterol-lowering diet. Lean beef has been shown to be just as effective as skinless chicken when it comes to lowering blood cholesterol levels. To select lean cuts, look for the words "round" or "loin" in the name, such as sirloin or top round.
So, when you head to the coffee shop today, be sure to discuss the benefits of fat as a healthy part of a well-balance diet. Everything in moderation is good for you. I'm confident that fat plays a vital role in my family's lifestyle, and people should feel good about enjoying that juicy steak on the grill this summer. Good luck beef advocates! Go shout your message from the roof tops!
BEEF Daily Quick Fact: B-vitamins work to promote growth and maintain health. You need essential B-vitamins to "unleash" the energy in food. Exciting research indicates that improvement in Bvitamin status may have a protective effect against cognitive decline such as age-related dementia. Calorie for calorie, beef is one of the best sources of many B-vitamins.