Beef Consumption and Bone Health
With osteoporosis afflicting nearly 50 million Americans, controversy has persisted about whether consuming meat protein is good or bad for calcium nutrition and bone health. That’s where beef checkoff research comes in. Recent checkoff-funded research printed in the Journal of Nutrition assesses the relationship between beef protein and bone health, showing that a diet rich in protein from beef improves calcium absorption, at least partially compensating for increases in urinary calcium. Compared with a low-beef-protein diet, a high-beef-protein diet increased urinary calcium and acid production, but it also increased calcium absorption. The high-beef-protein diet also increased a blood hormone known to stimulate bone formation. These findings indicate that consumption of beef may be beneficial, rather than detrimental, to bone health. Please visit www.beefresearch.org for more information about the Human Nutrition program.