Today's Beef Choices
More than one million beef farmers and ranchers raise cattle in every state in the country. They use the diverse resources available in their local areas to produce nutritious, safe and delicious beef. For consumers, that means there are a variety of beef choices such as grain-finished, grass-finished, conventional, natural and certified organic beef.
From the pasture to the plate, the entire food chain works together to ensure high-quality and healthy beef for Americans. So, no matter what you desire, there is a great beef choice for you.
Shopping For Beef
Today’s meat case is brimming with exciting choices – from traditional steaks, roasts and ground beef to new steaks such as the flat iron (shoulder top blade), ranch (shoulder center steak) and petite tender. Knowing beef basics and understanding how to read the label will help you get the most value for your dollar.
When shopping for beef, make the refrigerated meat case your last stop to ensure that beef stays cold as long as possible until you get home.
- Choose packages that are cold, tightly and completely wrapped with no tears or punctures.
- Be sure the packages do not contain excessive liquid – this can be an indication of problems with temperature or storage.
- For vacuum-packaged beef, be sure that the seal has not been broken and that the package is not leaking.
- Choose beef with a bright cherry-red color, without any grayish or brown blotches.
- A darker purplish-red color is typical of vacuum-packaged beef. Once exposed to oxygen, beef will turn from a darker red to bright red.
- Choose steaks and roasts that are firm to the touch, not soft.
- Don’t forget to check the “sell by” date printed on the package label. If you can’t read it or it’s not there, select a different package of beef.
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Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet
Heart health is certainly top-of-mind these days.
- The health and media communities are ready for American Heart Month in February.
- Recently, the US News & World Report recognized the DASH diet, the gold standard for heart-healthy diets, as the “Best Overall Diet” and “Best Diet for Healthy Eating” in their annual best diets list.
- And in the January issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a BOLD new twist on the DASH diet – substituting lean beef for white meat – improved heart disease risk factors across the board.
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.1 This research provides convincing support that nutrient-rich lean beef can be an everyday part of a heart-healthy diet.