Checking In on the Beef Checkoff - Study Shows Lean Beef a Great Addition to a Heart Healthy DietTue, 03 Jul 2018 11:56:35 CDT
Today starts a brand new series, “Checking In on the Checkoff” presented by the Oklahoma Beef Council. In the coming weeks, we invite you to join us for a weekly report offering listeners and readers a glimpse into the activities of your Beef Checkoff and to show how your Checkoff dollars are being spent - invested on producers’ behalf to improve demand for beef. This week, we are joined by Heather Buckmaster, executive director of the Oklahoma Beef Council, talking about some of the research efforts that have been funded by the Checkoff. Today, she outlines some of the findings of a recent study that prove lean beef can be just as effective in today’s popular Mediterranean style diet as one that is less inclusive of red meats. Listen to her complete conversation with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“Research released this summer by Perdue University and the National Institute of Health found that following a Mediterranean style eating pattern that includes red meats, like lean beef, is just as effective supporting a heart healthy diet as a similar style diet which limits red meats,” Buckmaster said.
A typical Mediterranean diet only allows about 7 oz. of red meat. However, this study showed that one can in fact, more than double that amount and achieve the same effects. It also revealed that this method is actually even more effective in reducing LDL cholesterol as well, compared to the style that limits red meat.
“The most important takeaway from this study,” she said, “is that Americans trying to eat healthier can enjoy lean beef as part of a Mediterranean style diet and improve cholesterol and blood pressure.”
Funding research like this, Buckmaster says, adds another tool in the Beef Council’s toolbox when reaching out to consumers as well as influencers such as dieticians and physicians - giving them confidence in recommending lean beef to their patients and clients. Outreach programs like these, are a priority and mainstay in the Beef Checkoff’s strategy to promote beef consumption.
For more stories about what your Beef Checkoff is doing, visit www.oklabeef.org.
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