Friday, February 10, 2012

Fun Fact Friday: Beef and your valentine

With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, how about a fun fact about beef and love?
Did you know, according to a recent consumer survey, a majority of Americans agree the best way to say “I love you” to your sweetheart on Valentine's Day is with a steak?
I tend to agree. I mean, what’s not to love about beef?
Not only does it taste great, but lean beef is a nutritional powerhouse. On average, one serving of lean beef is only 154 calories yet a naturally rich source of 10 essential nutrients — including protein, iron, zinc and B-vitamins.
It’s also part of a heart-healthy diet. As I’ve reported before on Make Mine Beef, recent research called BOLD (Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet) found that adding lean beef to the most recommended heart-healthy diet can lower heart disease risk by reducing levels of total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
Even the fat in beef is good for you — half the fat in all beef is monounsaturated, the same kind found in olive oil. And one-third of the saturated fat in beef is stearic acid, which has a neutral effect on blood cholesterol levels and is the same fat recognized in chocolate for its benefits.
While I haven’t finalized the menu for Valentine’s Day yet, beef will definitely fill the center of the plate Tuesday night. What about you? Do you show love with beef?


  1. we are having del monicos and t-bones! i set the table with pretties and our family of 4 has a canlelite dinner. the babes love it!

  2. That sounds delicious and super fun! Happy Valentine's Day to you all!