Many people make the mistake of removing beef from their diet because they think it will help them lose weight and make them more fit. Weight loss can be achieved by eating beef. And, making beef a regular part of your diet is an excellent way to enjoy a wider variety of meals, ensure sufficient protein intake, and increase good nutrition. Beef provides many of the nutrients that we need in our diet. It is an excellent source of protein, zinc, vitamin B12, selenium and phosphorus; and a good source of choline, niacin, vitamin B6, iron and riboflavin.
A 3 oz serving of beef that has less than 5g total fat, 2g or less of saturated fat, and less than 95mg cholesterol is considered extra lean. A 3 oz serving of top sirloin steak with visible fat trimmed fits into the extra lean category.
A 3 oz serving of beef that is less than 10g total fat, 4.5g or less saturated fat, and less than 95mg cholesterol is considered lean. A 3 oz serving of tri-tip or flank steak with visible fat trimmed fits into the lean category. There are 29 cuts of beef that are considered "lean".
To see a comprehensive list of lean cuts of beef, visit the Beef, It's What For Dinner website: http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/leanbeef.aspx
A 3 oz serving of beef is approximately the size of deck of cards. There are about 26g of high-quality protein in a 3 oz serving of beef. A woman who weighs about 150 pounds should take in 75g of protein a day and a 200 pound man needs about 100g. As people age they tend to reduce the protein in their diet and as a result suffer from debilitating muscle loss. Researchers have found that a diet containing a moderate amount of protein rich food, such as beef, can build and repair muscle mass.
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