Beef as Part of a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

Eating for a healthy heart and enjoying one of your favorite foods—these two things don’t have to be at odds with one another! Recent research1 on heart health shows that eating lean beef can actually be part of a solution to one of America’s greatest health challenges. What’s better? Not only can lean beef be part of a heart-healthy diet, but it can even help lower cholesterol as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from Penn State University found that people who participated in the Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD) study, consuming lean beef daily as part of a heart-healthy diet, experienced a 10 percent decline in LDL "bad" cholesterol, and still met targets for saturated fat intake.

Bold Meal Plan

You can follow a similar meal plan as the people who participated in the BOLD study by using heart-healthy recipes we’ve collected here. Here’s a one-day sample menu as an example:

Making Heart Health Easy & Delicious

Eating for a healthy heart can be a tasty endeavor. And it really isn’t complicated, especially when you consider that nine extra-lean beef cuts have been certified by the American Heart Association’s® Heart Check program! Enjoy these cuts of extra-lean beef, which carry the American Heart Association® Heart-Check certification for foods that fit in an overall heart-healthy dietary pattern:

  • Extra Lean Ground Beef (96% lean, 4% fat)
  • Bottom Round Steak (USDA Select grade)
  • Sirloin Steak (Solution Added)
  • Sirloin Tip Steak (USDA Select grade)
  • Top Sirloin Petite Roast, Boneless (USDA Select grade)
  • Top Sirloin Strips (USDA Select grade)
  • Top Sirloin Filet (USDA Select grade)
  • Top Sirloin Kabob (USDA Select grade)
  • Top Sirloin Steak, Boneless, Center Cut (USDA Select grade)

A simple beef stir fry is a smart and nutritious way to combine all the essential food groups into a single, delicious meal. Protein, veggies and whole grains at once - prepped and served in under 30 minutes. The perfect busy weeknight solution the entire family will love.

Take a look at some of the delicious recipe options below:

Citrus-Marinated Beef & Fruit Kabobs

Citrus-Marinated Beef & Fruit Kabobs

Cubes of Top Sirloin are marinated in orange juice, cilantro and smoked paprika. They are then grilled alongside skewers of watermelon, peaches, and mango.

Caribbean Jerk Tri-Tip Over Basil Lime Salad

Bring a taste of the islands to your tabletop. Nutrient-rich Tri-Tip Roast gets a bright, spicy marinade, then it’s grilled and served with a flavor-packed veggie salad.

Sirloin Steak and Tomato Salad

Fresh salad gets a shot of vitamin B12 and zinc when grilled and sliced Top Sirloin is added. The combo of chipotle powder and balsamic vinaigrette delivers big, bold flavors in this steak salad.

  1. Roussell MA, Hill AM, Gaugler TL, West SG, Vanden Heuvel JP, Alaupovic P, Gillies PJ, Kris-Etherton PM.  Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet study: effects on lipids, lipoproteins, and apolipoproteins.  Am J Clin Nutr 2012; 95 (1)

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