Beef is a healthy inclusion in your family's diet, and it is much easier to handle and prepare safely than most people realize. The simple addition of a meat thermometer will ensure the beef has reached a safe temperature, and you can use the thermometer to judge the doneness of a piece of beef so that you can tailor your cooking to the preferences of your family and guests.
Research shows that beef is a vital source of protein, iron and many other important nutrients that sustain a healthy diet. In fact, calorie-for-calorie it is one of the most nutrient-rich foods to fuel an active and healthy lifestyle.
Here are some interesting facts on the healthy benefits of beef:
- There are more than 29 cuts of beef that meet government guidelines for lean, including consumer favorites like Tenderloin, T-Bone and 95% lean Ground Beef.
- USDA defines “lean” as less than 10 grams of total fat per 3-ounce serving.
- Lean cuts of beef have 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol (per 3-ounce serving).
- Additionally, 20 of the 29 lean beef cuts have, on average, only 1 more gram of saturated fat than a skinless chicken breast per 3-ounce serving. Discover which cuts of meat are certified lean.
- Beef is a naturally nutrient-rich food, helping you get more nutrition from the calories you take in.
- Beef has 8 times more vitamin B12, 6 times more zinc and 2.5 times more iron than a skinless chicken breast.
- A 3-ounce serving of lean beef contributes less than 10% of the calories in a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet.
- A substantial body of evidence shows protein can help in maintaining a healthy weight, building muscle and fueling physical activity — all of which play an important role in a healthful lifestyle and disease prevention.
- The cut of beef with the lowest amount of calories, saturated fat and total fat is the eye round roast and steak, with only 144 calories, 1.4 grams of saturated fat and 4 total grams of fat in a 3-ounce serving.