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You want healthy? Eat lean beef!

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Premium beef like the Certified Angus Beef ® brand delivers superior flavor — if you’re reading this blog chances are you’re aware of that fact. But beyond its crave-worthy taste and singular eating experience, what’s really important is a balanced, nutritious meal — right?

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Serving for serving, few foods can match everything beef has to offer.
Beef fits easily into any healthy and balanced meal plan. Select lean cuts such as those from the “loin” or “round” — and as is the case with everything delicious, enjoy in moderation.

Beef is an excellent source of many essential nutrients, including:

  • Zinc: needed for many of your body’s essential functions
  • Iron: carries oxygen to cells and aids in brain development
  • Protein: helps keep you energized and regulate body processes

In addition to the ZIP — zinc, iron and protein — beef provides, it’s also a great source of
B-vitamins, including riboflavin and thiamin. These promote growth and maintain health. Scientists are also learning about other important nutrients found in beef. There’s conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), for instance. It’s a fatty acid that may play a role in cancer prevention. It also helps normalize blood glucose levels and contributes to heart health. Selenium, a trace mineral, is an antioxidant that helps prevent damage to body cells. Choline is an essential nutrient important in brain cognition and memory.

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And here’s something you may not know: the iron found in beef – known as heme iron – is more readily absorbed than the non-heme iron found in fruits, vegetables, grains, eggs or supplements! In fact, meals that include both meat and plant sources of iron have been shown to at least double the amount of iron absorbed by the body.

Beef is not only delicious, it does amazing things for you! So beef up your menu. Try one of these mouthwatering recipes made with protein-rich Certified Angus Beef ® brand cuts.

And be sure to watch Recipe Rehab on CBS on Saturday, May 17  (check local listings for time). We’re heading to the ranch with a couple of competitive chefs to see whose beef dish is best!

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Jennifer Kiko

Jennifer lives on a rural route with her husband, kids, horses, cows and faithful Labs, Cash and Carter. She's an aspiring foodie and enjoys making good food for great friends. She lives next door to a winery, plays the piano, and admits to growing too many tomatoes.