Heart Healthy Recommendations
Recent results from a checkoff-funded study demonstrates that healthy diets incorporating lean been can be at least as effective as the Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet in lowering cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, especially in older adults and overweight populations. The DASH diet is rich in fruits, vegetables and dairy with an emphasis on unsaturated fats and plant proteins. Dr. Penny Kris - Etherton at the Pennsylvania University compared the effects of eating an optimal heart - healthy diet, containing beef (BOLD - Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet) and a diet modeled after DASH, to an average American Diet. The study found increasing intake of lean beef in the context of a heart-healthy diet effectively lowers LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). These findings show that the BOLD diet benefits multiple CVD risk factors in a way similar to the DASH diet, the previously thought Gold Standard therapy for heart disease and hypertension. This research will provide health professionals with science-based support to recommend lean beef as a nutrient-rich meat choice in a heart healthy diet. This research will be presented at one of the world’s largest scientific conferences, the Experimental Biology Conference in April 2010. Plans are underway for further disseminating these findings in the scientific community and health professional audiences.