Common potential concerns about beef nutrition Q & A

Does beef have a role in a healthy diet?  

Absolutely. As the nation focuses its attention on reducing calories to reduce its waistline, it’s important that people get more nutrients from fewer calories. Calorie-for-calorie, beef is one of the most naturally nutrient-rich foods. A 3-ounce serving of lean beef contributes less than 10 percent of calories to a 2,000-calorie diet, yet it supplies more than 10 percent of the Daily Value for ten essential nutrients. Eating a protein-rich meal or snack like beef also makes you feel full longer, and satisfies cravings faster.

Are Americans eating too much beef/meat?   

No. The Dietary Guidelines and MyPyramid recommend adults eat 5 ½ ounces (or 156 grams) of lean protein each day, and most Americans already are consuming red meat well within these guidelines. On average, adults are consuming 2.3 ounces (65 grams) of red meat each day.

Do Americans eat too much meat?   

The Dietary Guidelines and MyPyramid, both created with extensive input from the nutritional community, recommend adults consume 5 ½ ozs. of lean protein each day. Most Americans fall well within this guideline. On average, adults consume 2.3 ozs. of red meat each day.

Is organic or natural beef safer than conventionally produced beef?   

All beef, regardless of production method, is safe, wholesome and nutritious. The beef industry provides consumers with healthy choices including conventional, natural, organic and grass-fed.

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