Friday, December 16, 2011

Fun Fact Friday: Beef and your heart

So, we all know beef is delicious and a great way to get your daily doses of zinc, iron, protein (ZIP) and more. But did you know it’s also good for your heart?

A new study, Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD), recently released and published in the January 2012 issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, shows that diets including lean beef every day are as effective in lowering total and LDL "bad" cholesterol as the gold standard of heart-healthy diets (DASH, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). Researchers at Pennsylvania State University evaluated adults with moderately elevated cholesterol levels, measuring the impact of diets including varying amounts of lean beef on total and LDL cholesterol levels. Study participants experienced a 10 percent decrease in LDL cholesterol from baseline, while consuming diets containing 4.0 and 5.4 ounces of lean beef daily.

Want more information on how to build a heart-healthy diet featuring beef? Check this out.

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