Beef In A Healthy Diet
New checkoff-funded research highlights the importance of lean beef’s nutrient contribution to the American diet. Results show that while beef only contributes 5 percent or less of total calories, it provides more than 5 percent of seven essential nutrients – protein, niacin, vitamin B (B6 and B12), phosphorous, iron, zinc and potassium. Mean total beef intake at 1.7 ounces or less per day was well within current government guidelines . And of the total beef consumed in the American diet, more than 90 percent (1.6 ounces) was lean – containing less than 8 grams of fat per 3 1/2-ounce cooked serving. Beef checkoff funds were leveraged with USDA Agriculture Research funding to complete this research. For more on nutrition research, visit Beef Nutrition.