Should beef be what’s for dinner?

By March 29, 2017 Recipes No Comments
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By: Ashley Vangel

Beef, is it what you eat for dinner? Beef is a meat that is often found on the average American’s dinner table. What’s great about beef is that it can be prepared and cooked in all sorts of ways. Do you feel like having a hamburger? Ground beef in a taco? Maybe you prefer a steak or beef kabobs on a skewer. However you prefer, did you know that beef actually has some great health benefits?

One of the most common health benefits that you probably already know about is it’s high protein content. Beef gives your body high-quality protein that it needs to maintain and build lean muscle and maintain a healthy weight. Studies also show that people who eat a high protein diet feel more full and satisfied during the day. This may help to prevent overeating and overindulging on less healthier foods later on. Just 3oz of lean beef contains 25 grams of protein and just about 150 calories. Not a bad protein/calorie ratio, if you ask me!

Has your doctor ever told you that you need more iron? Small amounts of iron is found in many foods, particularly in animal-based foods. However beef tends to be one of the highests sources of iron. If you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Beef also contains many other vitamins and minerals, like zinc, phosphorus, and vitamins B6 and B12. Zinc helps to maintain a healthy immune system, while phosphorus helps build stronger bones

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and teeth. B vitamins not only help to give you energy to tackle your day, but they also help to maintain brain function.

The healthiest cuts of beef are going to be the leanest cuts. Did you know that some cuts of beef are just as lean as a 3oz portion of a skinless chicken thigh? All lean beef cuts have less than 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 3.5 oz cooked serving!

Not sure what to have for dinner tonight? Try adding some beef into your meal. You could make spaghetti and meatballs using lean ground beef. Use ground beef as the protein in your taco or add it to a lasagna layer. Let us know how you like to eat beef. Leave us a comment below with your favorite beef meal.

 
 

Ashley is a registered dietitian and a licensed dietitian in the state of Texas. She graduated from Framingham State University, majoring in nutrition and dietetics and she completed her dietetic internship at the University of Connecticut. (more)

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