In my last post I talked about the health benefits of beef. Well its time to add to the good news! The Denver Post reported today that the American Heart Association has now listed three cuts of beef as part of its Food Certification Program! The program is designed to help healthy consumers over the age of 2 identify foods that meet the criteria for saturated fat and cholesterol when labeled with the association’s heart-check mark. This is great news for both consumers and producers.
The three new cuts added are the Boneless Top Sirloin Petite Roast, Top Sirloin Filet and Top Sirloin Kabob (all select grade). The American Heart Association’s heart-check mark is the one of the most trusted icons on food packaging today. Many consumers rely on outside information such as what is provided by the American Heart Association to influence healthy purchases. These program incentives could not have been accomplished without the funding of the beef checkoff program. This program was not only implemented to promote beef but educate consumers on the benefits of such a “rich” protein.
Aside from the three cuts listed by the American Heart Association make sure you check out the list to the right with the 29 Lean Cuts of beef which are also great when incorporated into your everyday diets. According to government guidelines, a cut qualifies as “extra lean” if it has less than 5g total fat, 2g or less saturated fat and less than 95mg cholesterol per 3.5 oz. serving. A serving qualifies as “lean” if it has less than 10g total fat, 4.5g or less saturated fat and less than 95mg cholesterol per 3.5 oz. serving. (NCBA)
Next time you’re in the meat department of the grocery store, look for the American Heart Association’s check mark on your beef products. And don’t forget to thank a Farmer and Rancher for your heart healthy meal! Enjoy the power of beef!
For more information on the health benefits of beef check out my last blog titled “I Heart Beef” and http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com.