Checkoff research leads to positive publicity for beef
One of the leading medical websites published a story recently called "Five foods you don't have to give up this year." Author David Grotto, a registered and licensed dietitian, listed beef as the No. 1 food "worthy of keeping in your diet." In his blog appearing on WebMD, Grotto quoted the latest checkoff-funded research showing the inclusion of lean beef in a low saturated fat, high-fiber diet can lower the risk of heart disease by reducing levels of total and LDL (bad) cholesterol.
The blog quoted Penn State University Distinguished Professor of Nutrition Penny Kris-Etherton, who led the study. Her findings are unique because it's the first time lean beef was included in a diet providing less than 7 percent saturated fat that effectively lowered LDL cholesterol.
"The take-home message is that lean beef can be included in a heart-healthy diet and, best yet, there are 29 cuts of beef that fall into the lean category," said Kris-Etherton, as quoted in Grotto's blog.
Other foods making Grotto's top five were roasted nuts, chocolate, eggs and coffee. WebMD's network of sites reach an average of 86.4 million unique visitors per month. The site is widely known as the leading health portal in the U.S.
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