Beef Up Your Diet

24 Jun

main_lean-beef[1]Lean beef can be part of a heart-healthy diet, according to a study from Penn State University.

Not only is it full of nutrients like iron and B vitamins, but when the researchers put people on four different diets aimed at lowering blood pressure, the plan that included the most lean beef (5.4 ounces a day) was the most effective.

Though the study authors aren’t sure why a beefy diet is good for your pressure readings, previous studies show that protein helps keep blood vessels €flexible. “The great news is that you can „find a place in your diet for the foods that you love,” says study author Mike Roussell, Ph.D. “Just remember to control your portion sizes.”

Beef has a low calorie-to-nutrient ratio (it’s a relatively low-calorie food when compared to the number of nutrients it contains).  A 3-ounce serving of beef makes up less than 10% of your daily calories (based on a 2,000-calorie diet), but supplies more than 10% of nine essential nutrients.

Compared with other foods, beef has a particularly high concentration of protein, which can help build strong muscles and bones while helping supply energy and oxygen to cells.


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