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Beef is a good source of 10 essential nutrients that support a heart-healthy lifestyle including protein, zinc, iron and B vitamins. The nutrients found in beef provide our bodies with the strength to thrive and grow throughout all the stages of life. Read more below to learn about how beef's nutrients help fuel you and your family.

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Beef and heart health

Eating for a healthy heart and enjoying one of your favorite foods—these two things don’t have to be at odds with one another! Recent research1 shows that eating lean beef as part of a heart healthy dietary pattern can help maintain normal cholesterol levels.

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Every bite your baby takes counts, especially in the first 24 months of life. Starting your baby with beef as a complementary first food can ensure they get the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. 

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bEef helps make every bite count for tweens and teens

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The tween and teen years are a time of transformational change and increasing independence, and adolescents’ nutrient needs set the stage for optimal health and reduced chronic disease risk during adulthood.

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beef's protein

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If there was a protein contest, beef would surely be crowned the king! One 3 oz cooked serving of beef provides 25 grams, roughly 50% of your Daily Value, of this important nutrient that supports strong, lean bodies—making it an excellent source!

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beef's nutrients

Champagne Steak Salad with Blue Cheese

When it comes to beef and your health, you can rest easy knowing that along with being delicious, beef contains important nutrients. In just one 3 oz. cooked serving, you’re getting 10 essential nutrients including protein, zinc, iron and B vitamins.  

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beef & heart health

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Research on heart health shows that eating lean beef can be a solution to one of America’s greatest health challenges. Not only can lean beef be part of a heart-healthy diet, but it can help lower cholesterol as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

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lean beef

Pepper-Rubbed Beef Chuck Eye Steak

We all know that beef tastes great, but did you know how good it is for you too? A 3 oz. serving of lean beef provides 10 essential nutrients in around 150 calories, less than 10 grams of total fat and less than 95 mg of cholesterol.

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Beef's nutrients, along with a heathy lifestyle, work to provide our bodies and minds with the fuel to be the strongest versions of ourselves. See beef's nutrients in action and learn how they can support mind and body strength at all stages of life. .

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Frequently asked questions

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We all know beef tastes great – but did you know that beef can be good for you, too? Check out some answers to your most pressing questions when it comes to incorporating beef into a heart-healthy lifestyle.

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burger breakdown

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Before you decide to swap Ground Turkey for Ground Beef, check the nutrition facts. Both are excellent sources of protein and are packed with many essential nutrients. But did you know, 93% lean cooked ground beef is lower in calories, total fat and cholesterol than 93% lean cooked ground turkey? 

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beef up your burger

Colorful Burgers

"Some will advocate that moving away from real beef burgers is a better solution to public health; but as a dietitian, a Ph.D. in nutrition science, and a Mom, I disagree. Our real opportunity is to help Americans eat the foods they love in the forms they love, in a more nutritious way."  Shalene McNeill, PhD, RD, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Executive Director, Nutrition Science, Health & Wellness 

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explore our recipe collections

well balanced meals

Tenderloin, Cranberry and Pear Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Recipes that tastefully combine a variety of food groups to achieve the perfect balance of taste, nutrition and simplicity with your favorite beef cuts.

heart-healthy recipes

Beef Pot Roast with Maple Sweet Potatoes and Cider Gravy

These Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. recipes are all certified by the American Heart Association®.

protein for strength

Beef Filets with Ancient Grain & Kale Salad

It’s not only important to just get protein in at dinner or lunch, but to spread it throughout your day. These recipes make it easy!

mediterranean diet-inspired

Mediterranean Beef Pinwheels

Incorporating lean red meat into a Mediterranean-style eating pattern can help support heart health. 

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k-12 school foodservice

Spy Thai Beef

School meals can play an influential role in a child's development of a healthy eating pattern. For some, school meals can provide two thirds or more of their daily caloric intake. As a nutrient-dense, high-quality lean protein, beef is a flavorful food which can be a foundational part of dietary patterns and healthful school meals. 

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cut nutritionals

All beef cuts contain 10 essential nutrients including protein, zinc, iron and many B vitamins, but cuts can vary slightly in their nutrient content depending on their location on the carcass. See the nutritional profile of some of the classic and up-and-coming beef cuts. 

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resources for retail dietitians

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Health and nutrition are top of mind. With more dietitians working in retail grocery, there's an opportunity for meat departments and dietitians to work together to help people understand the meat case and the nutritional benefits of beef.

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resources for health professionals

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Learn more about the research and studies behind beef's nutritional qualities through a variety of educational resources including webinars, fact sheets and research reports.

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