BOLD Study Shows Lean Beef Can be Good for Heart HealthSun, 01 Jan 2012 17:27:06 CST
New research shows that eating lean beef every day can be good for heart health by improving cholesterol levels. That's what a new checkoff-funded study called BOLD (Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet) shows - that adding lean beef to the most recommended heart-healthy diet can lower heart disease risk by reducing levels of total and LDL "bad" cholesterol.
We have a special digital edition of the Beef Buzz featuring Dietician Karen Meyers, who is a nutritional consultant for the Oklahoma Beef Council, featuring a conversation that we have had with her about the BOLD study.
The BOLD clinical study (Effects on Lipids, Lipoproteins and Apolipoproteins), conducted by Pennsylvania State University researchers, evaluated adults with moderately elevated cholesterol levels, who followed four diets with varying amounts of beef, for five weeks each, to measure the impact of each diet on measures of heart health, such as total and LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels.
Subjects following the BOLD diet experienced a 10-percent decrease in LDL cholesterol from the start of the study. After five weeks, there were significant reductions in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol in the BOLD diet.
"The BOLD study provides new research that health professionals can use to update their dietary recommendations with scientific findings showcasing how lean beef can maintain and even improve heart health," says Brian Healey, cow-calf producer from Davis, Okla. and member of the checkoff's Joint Human Nutrition Research Committee.
Click here for the abstract that describes the study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The beef industry also has publlished a one pager which summarizes the study- click here for that.
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