Now to all the farmers and ranchers that have been feeding beef to their families for ages this may come as no surprise, but thankfully others, like the people at Prevention Magazine, are realizing the health benefits of Lean Beef.
"Lean beef is one of the best-absorbed sources of iron there is. (Too-little iron can cause anemia.) Adding as little as 1 ounce of beef per day can make a big difference in the body’s ability to absorb iron from other sources, says Mary J. Kretsch, PhD, a researcher at the USDA-ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center in Davis, CA. Beef also packs plenty of zinc (even minor deficiencies may impair memory) and B vitamins, which help your body turn food into energy."Beef is also an excellent source of protein. And we know a diet of high protein and high fiber foods can keep us fuller for longer. Which is important around the holidays when the temptation of grazing through all those appetizers and candy dishes can become strong!
So tonight consider beef as a healthy option. You will want to look for cuts that have the word round or loin in the name, as they are leaner cuts. (There are actually 29 Cuts of Lean Beef with a total fat content that falls between a skinless chicken breast and skinless chicken thigh) Don't skimp on the marbling, though. Those white flecks of fat within the meat, are the health fat, and what gives beef it's flavor. Check out www.beefswhatsfordinner.com to search their recipe finder based on what you already have in your cabinet.