Taboo no longer — happy, healthy hearts love beef

Published 1:59 pm Saturday, February 24, 2018

Wait a minute … beef is okay to eat AND keep my heart healthy too?

Yes, you read this correctly. No longer “taboo” for healthy, active lifestyles, nutrient-rich lean beef such as top sirloin steak can be enjoyed again without guilt. In fact, top sirloin meets the American Heart Association (AHA) certification as a lean cut of beef and heart-healthy choice. The AHA Heart-Check certification is one of the most trusted nutrition logos and claims on a food label.

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Researchers at The Pennsylvania State University reported results from the BOLD (Beef in an Optimal Diet) study showed adding a daily serving of nutrient-packed lean beef to a heart-healthy diet could lower the risk of heart disease by reducing “LDL” (bad) cholesterol levels.

A three-ounce serving of lean sirloin (about the size of your smartphone) has about 150 calories plus the Daily Value (DV) of these nutrients:

•Protein — 38 percent (for muscle growth and repair) •Vitamin B12 — 44 percent (important for brain health)

•Selenium — 40 percent (protects cells from damage)

•Zinc — 38 percent (strengthens the immune system)

According to research published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, beef is the number-one source of protein, zinc and Vitamin B12. It is the number-two source for selenium and number-three source for iron.

Protein in beef promotes the feeling of satiety or fullness longer than simple carbohydrates. This means that, for people trying to curb their calories for weight loss, type II diabetes or other health reasons, eating a three-ounce serving of top sirloin in a meal not only provides important nutrients and energy, but it helps keep a person from feeling hungry for a longer period of time.

Many recipe using sirloin steak are quick and easy. The following recipes take less than 30 to 35 minutes to prepare. Enjoy the powerful health benefits of lean beef.

Beef Pepper Steak

Serves 4

All You Need

•1 pound top sirloin steak or top round steak, trimmed, sliced ¾-inch-thick. Flank steak works well also

•½ cup Hy-Vee Light Italian salad dressing, divided

•Salt and black pepper, to taste

•2 large bell peppers, any color, cut into 1/8-inch strips

•1 medium (yellow or white) onion, cut into •1/8-inch wedges

All You Do

1. Cut beef lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/8-inch thick strips. Place beef and 1/3 cup Hy-Vee Light Italian dressing in food-safe plastic bag; turn beef to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. Reserve remaining dressing for the vegetables.

2. Remove beef from marinade: discard marinade. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add half of beef; stir-fry 1-2 minutes or just until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. (Do not overcook.) Remove meat from skillet onto plate: repeat with remaining beef strips. Season beef with salt and pepper; keep warm. Wipe skillet with paper towel if desired.

3. Heat remaining Italian dressing in same skillet until hot. Add bell peppers and onion. Stir-fry 5-6 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Return beef and juices to skillet. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Serve.

Per serving: 240 calories; 10 g fat (3 g sat, 3 g mono); 69 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrate; 2 g fiber; 27 g protein; 260 mg sodium.  This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, selenium, zinc and choline. It is a good source of iron.

Recipe courtesy of the Beef Checkoff

The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.