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 shows that eating lean beef as part of a heart healthy dietary pattern can help maintain normal cholesterol levels.

In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition1, researchers from Penn State University found that people who participated in the Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD) Study, maintained healthy blood cholesterol levels while consuming a dietary pattern rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and beans, with lean beef as the primary protein source. The BOLD diets contained 4-5.4 oz (weights before cooking) of lean beef daily, while providing less than 7% of calories from saturated fat, consistent with current fat intake targets. The BOLD study is the latest addition to the body of evidence that supports including lean beef in a heart-healthy diet. In fact, over 20 studies of lean beef in healthy dietary patterns support a role for lean beef in a heart healthy diet and lifestyle.2

Heart-Check certification does not apply to recipes, links, information reached through links, or scientific studies unless expressly stated.

Bold Dietary Pattern

You can follow a similar dietary pattern as the people who participated in the BOLD study by eating similar heart-healthy recipes like these American Heart Association® Certified Recipes. 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)
  • Extra Lean Ground Beef 96% Lean 4% Fat (with Natural Flavors)
  • 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)

Heart Healthy Recipes

Enjoying lean beef in a heart-healthy lifestyle is easier than you think with these recipes featuring lean beef, fresh fruit and vegetables, and whole grains. These recipes are all certified by the American Heart Association®.

Check out the AHA certified recipes.

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.

see recipe 

Caribbean Jerk Tri-Tip Over Basil Lime Salad

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.

see recipe 

Sirloin Steak and Tomato 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.

see recipe 

Heart-Check certification does not apply to recipes, links, information reached through links, or scientific studies unless expressly stated.

  1. Roussell MA, et al. Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet study: effects on lipids, lipoproteins, and apolipoproteins. Am J Clin Nutr 2012;95:9-16.
  2. McNeill, SH. Inclusion of red meat in healthful dietary patterns. Meat Sci 2014;98:452-60.

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