Nutrition Experts

Question:
I love beef, but I'm watching my blood cholesterol level. Can I fit beef into a heart-healthy diet?
Answer:
Good news! Research shows that lean red meat—including beef—can fit into a cholesterol-lowering diet, just like skinless chicken and fish.

Try these tips to enjoy beef as part of a healthy diet:

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Shop for lean. Choosing cuts with the words "loin" or "round" in the name is a quick way to find lean cuts of beef—for example, sirloin or top round.

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Choose ground beef labeled 90% to 98% lean on the label.

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Trim off visible solid fat to reduce the amount of fat, saturated fat and cholesterol in beef.

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Use cooking methods that require little or no added fat, such as broiling, grilling, stewing, braising, roasting or stir-frying.

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Use your eyes to keep portions the right size. Three ounces of cooked beef is considered a serving. A 3-ounce cooked portion of beef is about the size of a deck of cards. A 3-ounce cooked hamburger is about the size of a hockey puck.

Nutritionist Experts
Our Nutrition Experts are registered dietitians who hold master's degrees and are members of the American Dietetic Association and several specialty nutrition groups. They combine over 40 years experience in food and nutrition science, communications and counseling, the culinary arts and the development of nutrition education materials. They are quoted frequently in the national media and have written about nutrition for many major magazines, newspapers, and newsletters.