Beef's Nutrition Information
As producers, processors, and marketers of the nation's beef supply, we are committed to providing a wholesome, nutritious food, and to communicating accurate information about beef's nutritional qualities and the role of beef in a healthful diet.
The Beef WISE Study: Beef's Role in Weight Improvement, Satisfaction, and Energy
Beef WISE Study: New research shows lean beef, as part of a healthy, higher-protein diet, can help people lose weight and fat while maintaining muscle and support a healthy heart. A healthy diet should be satisfying and enjoyable, and this study shows that people can continue to include lean beef as part of their weight loss diets and see positive results. Learn more:
- Beef WISE Study Tip Sheet
- Beef WISE Study "What to Eat" Tip Sheet
- Beef WISE Infographic
- Protein Benefits
Beef as a First Food for Infants
Laying the foundation for a healthy lifestyle begins early in a child's life with the introduction of solid foods. Starting around six months of age, complementary foods are essential to reduce vitamin and mineral deficiencies during this period of rapid growth.
Zinc and iron play an important role in an infant's developing immune system.
How to Recommend Beef as a First Food
At six months of age, most babies are ready to start solid foods. This handout written by a pediatric dietitian, includes tips on how to recommend beef as a first food for infants and toddlers. Click here to download
Beef's Big 10
Do more than just get through the day, be your best every day. Here's how beef's essential nutrients can help.
Beef gives your body more of the nutrients you need. A 3-ounce serving of lean beef provides 10 essential nutrients including Zinc, Iron, Protein and B-vitamins for about 150 calories. All lean beef cuts have less than 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 3 1/2 ounce cooked serving.
- Don't be left unsatisfied. A 3-ounce serving of lean beef provides 25 grams (about half) of the Daily Value for protein, which is one of the most satisfying nutrients.
- Get your workout in! Exercise is more effective when paired with a higher-protein diet.
- Interested in heart health? Research shows that including lean beef, even daily as part of a heart-healthy diet and lifestyle, improved cholesterol levels.
Proteins Are Not Created Equal
Delicious. Satisfying. Keeps me strong.
There are many sources of protein available to choose, people are sometimes surprised to learn that not all sources of protein are equal. Discover the power of high-quality protein and the caloric cost of protein sources.
Myth vs. Fact
Surprising facts about lean beef.
Many people are often surprised to learn that the bundle of nutrients in lean beef, like high-quality protein, iron and zinc, comes in such a delicious package with relatively few calories. There are several other facts about beef that many people may not realize, therefore, we are busting some common myths about many people’s favorite protein, beef. Discover facts and bust common myths about beef that
may surprise you.
Enjoying lean beef in a heart-healthy lifestyle is easier than you think with these recipes featuring lean beef, fresh fruit and vegetables, and whole grains.
Get Lean With Protein
There are many sources of protein to choose from, however, people are surprised to learn not all sources of protein are equal. This handout looks at the caloric cost of protein sources and optimal health benefits consuming high-quality protein in a healthy diet, such as lean beef.
Power of Protein at Every Meal
Many Americans are looking for ways to improve their overall health, manage weight and satisfy their appetite. One strategy may be as simple as re-thinking protein’s place on our plates.
Grass or Grain
There are a variety of beef choices including grain-finished and grass-finished. No matter the choice, there is a delicious and nutritious beef option for you.
Frequently Asked Questions about Beef
Frequently Asked Questions about Beef
We all know beef tastes great – but did you know that beef can be good for you, too? Here are some answers to your most pressing questions when it comes to beef and your health.
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- Cotton PA, Subar AF, Friday JE, Cook A. Dietary sources of nutrients among US adults, 1994 to 1996. J AM Diet Assoc 20004: 104: 921-30.