Beefing Up DASH
Results of checkoff-funded research supporting the frequent inclusion of lean beef in a heart-healthy diet were recently presented at two leading national scientific conferences. The effort is part of ongoing research to compare the common gold standard diet (known as the DASH diet) to a higher-beef version. This “Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet” (BOLD) study provided an average of 12 lean beef meals per week, using recipes from the checkoff’s Healthy Beef Cookbook. Scientific papers are being prepared for submission to peer-reviewed science journals, and a second phase of the study will wrap up this summer – important timing considering the expected release of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines late summer or early fall of 2010. For more information on lean beef’s role in heart health, go to Lean Beef and Heart Health.