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A New Year’s resolution worth keeping

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Posted by: on January 6, 2012

We’re a few days into 2012. Have you made your New Year’s Resolution yet? It seems every year I decide to take my time to figure it out, and then I’m a month in, have never made one, and decide it’s too late.

But this year is different for me, and it can be for you too! If your 2012 resolution has anything to do with eating healthy, boy-oh-boy do I have some great news for you!

BOLD research a victory for lean beef

A new study published in the January 2012 edition of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that beef can play a beneficial role in a cholesterol-lowering diet, despite commonly held beliefs. The study found that diets including lean beef every day are as effective in lowering total and LDL “bad” cholesterol as the gold standard of heart-healthy diets (DASH, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension).

The Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD) clinical study (Effects on Lipids, Lipoproteins and Apolipoproteins), 1 conducted by The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) researchers, evaluated adults with moderately elevated cholesterol levels, measuring the impact of diets including varying amounts of lean beef on total and LDL cholesterol levels. Study participants experienced a 10 percent decrease in LDL cholesterol from the start of the study, while consuming diets containing 4.0 and 5.4 oz. of lean beef daily.

“This research sheds new light on evidence supporting lean beef’s role in a heart-healthy diet. Study participants
ate lean beef every day and still met targets for saturated fat intake,” says Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD,
distinguished professor of nutrition at PSU and the study’s principal investigator. “This study shows that nutrientrich lean beef can be included as part of a heart-healthy diet that improves risk factors for cardiovascular disease.”

Click here to read the actual journal article.

Learn how you can incorporate lean beef in your healthy lifestyle

Since the BOLD research has been published, beef has been ranked No. 1 in a WebMD blogger’s “Five foods you don’t have to give up this year.” In the same line up as chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts and whole eggs, this list seems too good to be true. But it’s not! With this BOLD research to back it up, you can feel good about eating lean beef.

For more resources to learn about lean beef and nutrition, visit BeefNutrition.org and MoBeef.org.

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