If you’re a proud carnivore like I am, and need your regular serving of red meat (preferably seared to perfection over an open flame, the way the Grill Gods on Mount Meat decreed from on high), then all the propaganda about how bad it is for you is enough to make you consider tofu. (Sorry, even I couldn’t keep a straight face while typing that…)
But according to research conducted by the beef experts at Beef Checkoff (remember the “Beef, It’s What’s For Dinner” campaign? Those guys), beef actually offers many health benefits, including heart health, muscle development and weight management.
Here are a few of their beefy facts:
– Today’s beef is lean. 67% of all beef muscle cuts sold at retail is lean, and 19 of the top 25 most popular beef whole muscle cuts are lean, like T-Bone, Sirloin and Tenderloin.
– On average, a 3-ounce serving of lean beef is only about 150 calories and provides 10 essential nutrients such as zinc, iron and protein.
– Several of the key nutrients in beef, specifically iron and choline, are known to be lacking in the diets of many Americans, especially women and children.
– A 3-ounce serving of lean beef contributes less than 10 percent of calories to a 2,000-calorie diet, yet it supplies more than 10 percent of the Daily Value for 10 essential nutrients.
Get that from a leafy green vegetable…
So to celebrate all things beefy, I am giving away a “Beef It Up” Red-Meat-Lover’s I (Heart) Beef Prize Pack. It includes “The Healthy Beef Cookbook” so you can enjoy your steaks without guilt or dirty looks from those veggie-eating busy-bodies, and an I (heart) Beef apron, along with I (heart) Beef buttons, stickers and temporary tattoos for proclaiming your love of a sizzling slab of the red meaty goodness at your next barbecue or tailgate.
Want to win it? Just tweet me @thebachelorguy, proclaim your love for beef with the hashtag #I<3Beef and tell me your favorite way to enjoy your steaks. (Following our friends @BeefForDinner and mentioning them in your tweet is a good idea too.) And make sure to read the contest disclaimer after the jump.
The beef people and I will choose a winner this Friday, so watch your Twitter account for the good news. And for more beef knowledge, head over to BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com.
Beefy Fine Print: While the “Beef it Up” Giveaway is an equal opportunity for all consumers, entries must:
Only be open to those who live in the United States.
Employees of the Beef Checkoff and any subcontractors are not eligible to win.
Beef producers are not eligible to win.
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.