heart-healthy beef recipes certified by the American heart association

Hillary makens | March 06, 2017

The American Heart Association® has certified ten new beef recipes with its Heart-Check Mark. Lean beef is an essential component of a heart-healthy diet and provides 10 essential nutrients including zinc, iron, protein, and B Vitamins.

Because of this, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the beef checkoff, has been working with the American Heart Association® to create these recipes. This is especially exciting news because the Heart-Check Mark has been on food packaging in stores for two decades, but now it can also help consumers pick healthy recipes.

The ‘Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.’ Culinary Center team has developed 10 recipes that meet the American Heart Association’s® nutrient requirements. For each recipe a nutrient analysis is submitted for review. That analysis includes calories, sodium, saturated fat, added sugars, and trans fat. In addition to being heart-healthy, the recipes are triple tested in the ‘Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.’ Culinary Center for ease of cooking and taste.

According to Cardiologist Kevin Campbell, MD, “A randomized controlled study* showed that up to 4-5.5 ounces of lean beef, eaten daily as part of a heart-healthy diet and active lifestyle, can help lower cholesterol.”1

In an effort to promote a heart-healthy diet, the entire beef industry is working to produce healthier, more delicious, lean beef. Cattle farmers and ranchers are raising leaner animals; packers and processors are closely trimming beef cuts; and supermarkets and restaurants are offering lean beef to consumers. Thanks to these efforts, consumers can find the lean beef called for in these Heart-Check Mark recipes in their local supermarket.

Tips About Lean Beef:

  • To choose lean cuts of beef, look for “Loin” or “Round” in the name
  • All lean beef cuts have less than 10 grams of total fat per 3.5 ounce serving
  • All lean beef cuts have 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat 3.5 ounce serving
  • All lean beef cuts have less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol 3.5 ounce serving
  • 96% lean ground beef is Heart-Check Mark certified

About the Heart Check Program
The American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark is an easy way to cut through the clutter and find foods that can be part of a healthy dietary pattern. The iconic Heart-Check mark has been on food packages and in the grocery store since 1995. Today one out of three shoppers say they use the Heart-Check mark to find healthier options in the grocery store. Now, the Heart-Check mark is also helping health-conscious Americans find heart-healthy recipes they can make at home. Certified recipes have been evaluated by one of the most trusted health organizations to meet specific nutritional requirements.

About the Beef Checkoff
The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States may retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.

  1. • Study reference: Roussell MA, et al. Beef in an optimal lean diet study - Effects on lipids, lipoproteins and apoliproteins. Am J Clin Nutr 2012; 95(1):9-16