Thursday, February 16, 2012

Eat beef with BOLDNESS

The BOLD diet

All of us can recall situation we've been in where friends, family or coworkers have announced that they were on a "diet" and no longer eating red meat. How did you react? Rather then getting defensive, take a more educational approach. Tell this person about the vitamins and minerals their body will be missing out on when beef is cut from the diet. One of the perks of a diet with beef is the protein. Protein can help in maintain a healthy weight, building muscle and fueling physical activity - all of which play an important role in a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention.
Now comes the BOLD Diet, which is now part of a heart healthy diet. Have you heard of it? New checkoff-funded research called BOLD (Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet) found that adding lean beef to the most recommended heart-healthy diet can lower heart disease risk by reducing levels of total and LDL "bad" cholesterol.
When you summarize the BOLD diet to your wanna-be-non-eating-red-meat-friend, their response will probably in along the lines of "Well, beef has fat?" They're partially correct, beef does have fat. The good fat. Half the fat in beef is monounsaturated, the same heart-healthy kind found in olive oil.
So keep this information handy, the next time someone turns to you for beef diet advice.
Look back at past posts for easy beef recipes. The Master of Beef Advocacy sent me beef recipes that I'm happy to share!
Remember, it's February, show the world just how much you love beef!

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