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Tuesday, February 5 2019 6:00 AM
By Anne Burkholder

Be Healthy With Beef...

Striving to be healthy is a good thing. Striving to be healthy while also being a steward to the earth is a great thing. Striving to be healthy by eating great tasting and sustainably raised food is the best thing! I want to know that when I place our family’s dinner on the table, that I am doing my part to strive for the best.

As a mom of teenage girls, I am always looking for great ways to deliver a balanced and iron rich meal - that means I often look to beef. I know that beef has a nutritional competitive advantage to other proteins, and (as a cattle farmer) I also participate in the efforts being made to ensure that cattle are raised in the United States with a focus on sustainability and stewardship.

Beef is a natural food that is a great source of 10 essential nutrients including zinc, iron and protein.  There are now at least 37 cuts of beef that meet the government standards for lean —“Lean” isn’t a marketing term: the government defines what makes a cut of beef lean. To be considered lean, a 3-oz serving of cooked beef must have less than 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat, and less than 95 mg of cholesterol. Some of my favorites include lean ground beef, tenderloin and T-bone steaks. 

All 37 cuts of lean beef have 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 3 ounce serving.  The protein found in beef helps to maintain healthy body weight, build muscle (just look at my daughters’ biceps!), and plays an important role in a healthful lifestyle and disease prevention.

And it tastes good too! I never have to worry about my teenagers cleaning up their plates when beef resides at the center of it. This helps to increase our family's sustainability efforts by decreasing our food waste footprint. Being dedicated to being a responsible human being is a good thing. Using credible sources for making your food choices is a great thing.

Please take the time to research your food – how it is grown and what are the nutritional attributes of it. I’ve found that the more that I learn about the story of beef, the better I feel about serving it to my family. Click here to find a terrific source on "all things beef nutrition". Stop back by this monthly blog to learn more about some of the great folks who work hard to grow your beef! If you are interested in learning about sustainability and how cattle are “upcyclers” and “recyclers”, please click here or here.

In the meantime, celebrate being healthy with a great tasting steak tonight!


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