Beef and Heart Health


Americans have always had a love affair with beef and a recent survey shows that whether celebrating a special occasion or enjoying an everyday meal, Americans {heart} Beef. Yet, people are often surprised to learn that lean beef can also be good for their heart. Research shows naturally nutrient-rich lean beef can be an important part of a heart-healthy diet.


Heart-y Beef Facts

  • Beef is an excellent source of protein, a powerful nutrient that helps strengthen and sustain bodies and hearts.
  • A substantial body of evidence shows protein can help in maintaining a healthy weight, building muscle and fueling physical activity – all of which play an important role in a healthful lifestyle and disease prevention.
  • Research studies have found that individuals with the highest protein intake had the lowest risk for coronary heart disease and the highest quality diets.
  • Protein consumption has benefits to reducing blood pressure. Research indicates that modest substitution of carbohydrate-rich foods with protein-rich foods may lower blood pressure inpeople with hypertension.
  • There are 29 cuts of beef that meet government guidelines for lean, so it’s easy for people to “go lean with protein” and follow the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.

BOLD News About BEEF

  • The latest research on heart health and lean beef presents a new way of thinking: lean beef can be part of a solution to one of America’s greatest health challenges.
  • The Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD) Study, conducted by researchers at The Pennsylvania State University, found consuming lean beef daily as part of a heart-healthy diet lowered LDL "bad"cholesterol by 10 percent, which was just as effective as the DASH diet. This research provides convincing support that nutrient-rich lean beef can be an everyday part of a heart-healthy diet. 
  • Check out the BOLD Tool Kit