Lean red meat has been included in the diet recommendations
made by a number of national health organizations, including:
1. The American Heart Association
2. The Surgeon General of the U.S.
3. The National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences
4. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National
Institutes of Health
5. Numerous other private and non-profit organizations.
Good, lean beef is hard to beat as an excellent source of
protein, vitamins, and minerals including iron, zinc and several
B vitamins. The high nutritional density of beef makes it an essential
part of low-calorie diets, especially for women with greater iron
requirements. Beef is rich in heme iron, which is more readily absorbed
by the body than is iron from many other foods. Heme iron also enhances
the absorption of iron from other food sources.
Recent medical research also indicates that grass-fed
beef is nutritionally superior. Studies completed by Dr. Raymond
Steen at the Hillsborough Research Institute conclude that cattle
on pasture had a ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 series four times greater
than beef cattle on high concentrate (typical feedlot) diets. An
increase of omega-3 to omega-6 series of fatty acids in the human
diet is now considered to be important in reducing the incidence
of coronary heart disease and other lifestyle related diseases.
"This research has shown that, as well as having a
cleaner, greener, environmentally friendly image, beef from pasture
is also likely to be a much better product in terms of human health
than beef produced from grain," said Steen. Animals raised on pasture
tend to produce a leaner product, therby reducing your intake of
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