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? Not the case. Read on for the facts about meat consumption in the United States and how meat, including lean beef, can fit into a healthy diet.

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…]

Are vegetarian diets healthier than diets that include meat? Not necessarily. Read on to learn how 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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Red meat and health. Get the facts.

Myth:  There are many dangers associated with consuming red meat and health, including increased risk for heart disease and higher cholesterol.

Many stories inaccurately report on the dangers of red meat and health. They connect eating red meat to health dangers like heart disease and increased cholesterol levels. These reports claim eating red meat is dangerous to your health and people are better off limiting or eliminating their red meat intake.

The Facts: Red meat and health go hand-in-hand. Eating red meat daily can help lower cholesterol as part of a heart-healthy diet.

The latest research on red meat and health shows that a diet that includes lean beef every day is a part of a heart-healthy diet that is as effective in lowering total and LDL “bad” cholesterol as the gold standard heart-healthy diet (according to DASH – Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). Here’s what you should know about red meat and health: [Read more…]

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