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Beef, the Superfood

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 19:05:24 CDT

Beef, the Superfood

Salmon is a great source of Omega - 3 fatty acids. Beef not so much, but because of the amount Americans consume, beef can be a significant source in their diets. Clemson University animal scientist Susan Duckett said her research has shown most of us each a lot of beef.

"Especially beef producers, we eat beef for lunch and for supper every day," Duckett said. "If you look at it, it may not a huge amount of Omega-3 fatty acids, but because our consumption is so high, it actually makes a significant impact in the overall total omega three fatty acid consumption."

Consumers are asking for more in all of their food purchases and beef is not different.

"Consumers keep saying healthfulness is important to them when they are making decisions, of course price is probably as well too right now, but that they are looking for a product that they think is going to offer them additional health benefits," Duckett said.

On going research is looking into ways to increase the amount of Omega-3s in beef from various production systems. Aiming for high quality might be part of the equation.

"So when we look at branded beef programs, like Certified Angus Beef that have a higher total fat content, lots of times the total amount per serving is going to be elevated in those products because they have more total fat," Duckett said. "So we could see some real beneficial things from those that have high marbling levels, that means they could supply more of these healthful fatty acids per serving."

Duckett said high quality beef is delicious super food.

"A good piece of beef is going to taste good as well as supply many vital vitamins, nutrients and minerals and have the right blend of fatty acids for human health," Duckett said.

This video news is provided by Certified Angus Beef LLC and the American Angus Association.



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