Nutritional Facts

heart There are 29 cuts of beef that meet the government labeling guidelines for lean, meaning they have less than 10 g total fat, 4.5 g or less saturated fat and less than 95 mg cholesterol per 3.5-oz. serving. [via]

heart Per 3-oz. serving, beef provides 38% of dietary daily value and is the No. 1 food source of zinc in the diet. Zinc is vital to the bodys growth and development, maintenance of the immune system, wound healing and appetite control. [via]

heart Beef provides 37% of the daily dietary value of vitamin B12. This vitamin aids in the formation of red blood cells and helps maintain normal functioning of the nervous system. [via]

heart Beef provides 17% of the daily value of niacin, which helps produce energy in the bodys cells and helps release energy from food. Niacin also promotes healthy skin, nerves and digestive system and fosters normal appetite. [via]

heart Beef provides 15% of the daily value of vitamin B6. This vitamin is vital in maintaining brain function and forming red blood cells. It also supports the immune system and aids the metabolism of amino acids and fatty acids. [via]

heart Beef is the No. 3 food source of iron, following behind fortified cereal and grains. [via]

heart A 3-oz. serving of lean beef is an excellent source of protein, zinc, phosphorous, iron and B-complex vitamins. [via]

heart Three ounces of beef contributes no less than 10% of the daily value for nine essential nutrients (based on a 2,000-calorie diet). [via]

heart There are 19 cuts of beef that are leaner than a skinless chicken thigh and meet USDA guidelines for lean cuts. [via]

heart The American Dietetic Association recognizes beef as a functional food that provides a health benefit beyond basic nutrition because of its conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) content. CLA is a fatty acid found naturally in beef and recent research indicates CLA may play a role in cancer prevention by inhibiting tumor growth and development. [via]

heart Beefs protein-rich properties can be an important ally in burning more calories, keeping weight off and giving a person more energy. [via] Angus Journal article, Beef Up Your Metabolism

heart Beef is a nutrient powerhouse because it is a nutrient-dense food. Compared to the same serving size of chicken (3-oz. cooked), beef has eight times more vitamin B12, six times more zinc, and three times more iron. [via] Angus Journal article, Keep Cholesterol in Check

heart The new USDA food pyramid shows the importance of choosing from all five food groups every day for a healthy diet. [via] Angus Journal article, The Beef You Love is Good For You

heart Mypyramid.gov is an interactive site that helps people of all ages find the best diet solutions to fit their lifestyles and needs.

heart Zip4Tweens is designed to help kids and their families find a balanced approach to a healthier lifestyle by bringing more zinc (Zn), iron (Fe) and protein (ZIP) into their diets, and the best place to get some ZIP is lean redp meat. [via] Angus Journal article, Consumer Focus: Healthy lifestyle, happy families

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