I am working on the Master's of Beef Advocacy program that is sponsored through NCBA. It has been on my list of things to do and I am SO happy I finally set aside the time to complete. Course 4, Beef Nutrition, was just completed tonight. My homework, essay questions and multiple choice questions have been submitted (100%-straight A student thus fair). I thought it would be good for me to share with you key take-aways from the material then you yourself a beef producer, consumer or both would learn alittle something new on this Wednesday evening.
Beef is a naturally-nutrient rich food that is an important part of a well-balanced diet, providing vitamins and nutrients that help sustain your body. The nutrients in beef helps you maintain a healthy metabolism, useful in maintaining healthy weight, building muscles and fueling activity. When selecting foods we are encouraged to "get more nutrition from your calories" another words get more bang for your buck! You can do this by choosing nutrient-rich foods including colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low and nonfat dairy and lean meats.
Beef has competitive advantage... a three-ounce serving of lean beef contains: 8 times more vitamin B12, 6 times more zinc and almost 3 times more iron than the same serving of a skinless chicken breast! Also the same amount of iron as 3 cups of raw spinach and the same amount of vitamin B6 as over 6 cups of raw spinach!
You may think of beef as an indulgence, but actually feel free to enjoy this juicey great tasting product as part of a healthy diet. There are 29 cuts of lean beef with less than 175 calories. When identifying a lean beef choice at the grocery store look for the words "loin" and/or "round" in the name.
The moral of the story don't be shy about adding a little beef in your diet.
Happy Thursday----PS: Did anyone watch Modern Family last night? Please tell me there are Modern Family fans out there, I can't be the only one.