What do Justin Bieber, Bill Clinton and Ozzy Osbourne All Have in Common?

They all dropped meat from their diet, but went back after noticing changes in energy and health.

A nutritious-diet is one of the most important factors in maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle. It is important to listen to your body and identify the nutrients that are needed, including many of the nutrients found in beef. Some celebrities have tried limiting or removing animal-proteins from their diets but have returned after experiencing declining health while on a vegan or vegetarian diet.

Country Style RoastAnne Hathaway famously made her “health rebuttal” when she returned to a diet including meat. The actress was known to sustain a completely vegan diet, even serving a full vegan menu at her wedding.

Hathaway stated that her vegan diet had taken toll on her health, revealing that she felt tired and weak while filming Interstellar. She told Harper’s Bazaar, “I didn’t feel good or healthy,” but said that after adding protein back she “just felt better.”

Hathaway isn’t the only celebrity to embrace the health benefits of animal-based protein…

For his 30th wedding anniversary, former President Bill Clinton received the gift that keeps on giving; a healthy diet. His wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, consulted with Dr. Mark Hyman to provide her husband advice on a more nutritious, healthy diet.

The first recommendation Dr. Hyman had for Former President Clinton: discontinue his vegan lifestyle. Dr. Hyman explained how fish and lean protein are an important part of a healthy diet, even suggesting the Clintons carry beef jerky as a snack. Beef is an excellent source of vitamin B12 and zinc and a good source of iron – just a 3-ounce serving of lean beef contains 25 grams of protein all for about 150 calories. The vegan diet often lacks important nutrients that other sources of protein readily provide, because many of these necessary nutrients are often not available in plant-based protein sources.

The New York Times called it “The Clinton Cleanse,” known to emphasize mostly gluten-free whole foods, proteins and natural fats. Though President Bill Clinton raised eyebrows when he gave up his vegan lifestyle to return to a high protein diet, he made a commitment to putting his health first.

Anne Hathaway and President Bill Clinton aren’t alone. Ozzy Osbourne, Rachel McAdams and even Justin Bieber returned to a diet including meat, after reporting changes in energy and attitude. A reporter from Pennsylvania recently chronicled his experience going back to eating meat from veganism; stating that his first bite into his steak “couldn’t have been more perfect.”

A recent study by the Humane Research Council found that 84 percent of vegetarians and vegans return to eating meat. Why did they turn back? A full 35 percent of participants indicated that declining health was the main reason they reverted back to eating meat – just like Hathaway and Clinton.

Beef: Delivers 10 Essential Nutrients at About $1 Per Serving

Myth: The price of beef has risen so much it is now unaffordable to my family.

The Facts:  There are a variety of beef options to fit any budget. Food prices have increased across the board; beef is not alone, but when you compare current beef prices at retail to 2012 prices, the increase amounts to just about $0.08 more per pound.

At approximately $1 per serving, beef provides 10 essential nutrients your body needs, like zinc, iron, protein and B vitamins. For about 150 calories, a 3-oz serving of lean beef provides about the same amount of protein as three servings (1½ cups) of cooked black beans with 341 calories.

There are many factors that impact the price of beef, including supply (the U.S. cattle herd is the smallest it has been since the 1950s) and demand (U.S. beef exports are at an all-time high).  Another contributing factor is the rise in the price of grains, like corn, fed to cattle.  In the past 10 years, the price of corn has more than doubled* in part due to widespread drought in corn-growing regions. Drought has also impacted the availability of grass pasture and rangeland for grazing cattle.

The good news is there are many ways to save on beef this summer – and all year round, take a look below.

Why is the price of beef so high? Many factors impact price including drought. You can enjoy beef for approx. $1 per serving, plus 6 ways to save on beef.

For more information and recipe ideas visit BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com.

* Source: http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/crops/corn/background.aspx

Are beef quality grades and eating satisfaction declining? No. The fact is that overall beef quality grades have steadily improved over the past 20 years.

Myth: Beef quality grades and eating satisfaction are on the decline.

The Facts: The entire beef community is committed to raising the highest-quality beef possible and consistently providing people with a good beef eating experience. Let’s discuss beef quality.

What is Quality Beef?

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Is meat consumption out of control, and is it making us unhealthy?

Myth: Meat consumption is too high, and this overconsumption is leading to increased health problems.

There seems to be a lot of talk about the rise of beef consumption in Americans’ diets and suggestions that this is leading to health issues. You may wonder if we have too much meat on our plates or if a vegetarian diet is the healthier way to go?

The Facts: Contrary to popular belief, protein consumption has remained consistent over the past 40 years. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report says it all: [Read more…]

How do vegetarian diets stack up against diets including lean meat?

Myth: Vegetarian diets are healthier than diets that include meat

According to a recent Gallup poll, only 5% of American adults consider themselves to be vegetarians. However,  vegetarian diets are a frequent topic of conversation in the news and in daily conversations. With all the chatter about vegetarianism, you may want to find out if vegetarian diets really are healthier than diets that include meat.

The Facts: Experts agree that the healthiest diets include a balance of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy and moderate portions of nutrient-dense lean meat and skinless poultry. In fact, there are some risks associated with vegetarian diets that don’t ensure adequate intake of important nutrients. A recent Glamour article notes a plant-based diet, plus lean meats and fish, is the diet that will make you feel your best.

Learn more about how incorporating lean meat, like beef, into your diet can ensure good health: [Read more…]

What’s going on with the school breakfast and lunch program?

For the first time in more than 15 years, there have been major changes to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National School Lunch and Breakfast Program standards. This has sparked a lot of discussion about the food kids eat at school and whether the new standards are providing adequate amounts of protein and calories.

Below is a Q&A with Shalene McNeill, Ph.D., RD, and Executive Director of Human Nutrition Research at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a Contractor to the Beef Checkoff.

What are the new school breakfast and lunch guidelines?

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Top ten reasons to eat beef. Because if you didn’t…

1. Over one million farms and ranches could go out of business, most of them small family owned or operated businesses. The ripple effect could devastate communities throughout rural America.

2. The U.S. economy would lose over $80 billion in added value contributed by all red meat (primarily beef and pork).

3. The country’s economy would lose $4.08 billion in export value from beef alone.

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