Study participants experienced a 10% decrease in LDL cholesterol, while consuming diets containing 4.0-5.4 oz. of lean beef daily.
Did you know February is American Heart Health Month? This is perfect timing to help spread the good word that beef is the perfect addition to a heart-healthy diet. The “Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet” (BOLD) study, which was published in December's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, continues to make headlines. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) dietician Shalene McNeill, executive director of human nutrition research, and Julie Sodano, NCBA senior director of food and nutrition public relations, teamed up in a recent webinar to make sense of the research findings.
“The BOLD study looked at 36 healthy men and women with elevated LDL-cholesterol levels, and the subjects were assigned to follow various diets -- the healthy American diet, DASH diet (limited red meat), BOLD diet, or BOLD-plus (high protein). Today’s beef is lean and easily fits into the recommended standards for saturated fat intake in the diet, which is 10% of your daily caloric intake. Adding beef to your diet every day improves or reduces LDL cholesterol just as much as the DASH diet, which limits red meat and encourages lean fish, chicken, fruits and vegetables. It is completely unnecessary to limit beef intake in a heart-healthy diet,” says McNeill
“There are several materials available to help extend the BOLD message. The checkoff contributed a press release that was sent to leading health and consumer magazines. We also compiled a fact sheet, which included a healthy beef recipe. A brochure will also be available soon. I encourage producers to spread the good news on Facebook and Twitter. Talk to your health care professional. Buy a copy of “The Healthy Beef Cookbook” for your friends and family,” adds Sodano.
All of these materials can be viewed at www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com. The positive messages are already starting to spread, with WebMD and SHAPE Magazine, to name just a few, praising beef in the diet.
“Heart disease continues to be the number-one killer of both men and women in this country and controlling cholesterol levels is thought to be the most effective way of reducing the risk of heart disease. Meat is usually the first diet element to get the old heave-ho when it comes to cholesterol management. However, a new study shows that including lean beef, such as sirloin, in a heart-healthy diet was as effective for lowering cholesterol as traditional heart-healthy diets. The take home message is that lean beef can be included in a heart-healthy diet and, best yet, there are 29 cuts of beef that fall into the lean category,” reported David Grotto for WebMD.
To kick off American Heart Health Month this February, use this information to help spread the good news about healthy beef as a part of a well-balanced diet.