Beef up health and live life to the fullest
February 23, 2010
Kearney, Neb. – With a recent study noting that life expectancy in the U.S. has reached an all-time high of nearly 78 years, now is the time for older adults to start focusing on ways to improve their health and make the most of those extra years. Even small steps can lead to better overall health and one easy step that older adults can take is to beef up their diet – literally.
Experience the Anti-Aging Benefits
of Lean Beef
Emerging research suggests that consuming high-quality protein, like the protein in lean beef, could be a dietary solution to many age-related health issues and chronic diseases. What’s more, in addition to protein, one 3-ounce serving of lean beef is an excellent or good source of nine other key nutrients, including zinc, iron, B vitamins and niacin, many of which may also be important in fighting a variety of age-related health issues, such as:
• Sarcopenia – Sarcopenia is a little-known but often debilitating condition that causes a decrease in lean muscle mass with age, which can result in lower bone density, less strength, and a higher risk of falls and fractures. Research has shown that consuming four ounces of lean beef protein each day can help enhance muscle development and may delay the onset of sarcopenia.
• Alzheimer’s/Cognitive Health – A growing body of research suggests that niacin and B vitamins may help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline. Beef is an excellent source of vitamin B12 and a good source of niacin and vitamin B6.
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• Bone Health/Osteoporosis – Calcium isn’t the only nutrient important for bone health. Bones also need enough protein to reach their peak performance. A study confirmed that adults between the ages of 50 and 69 who ate more protein-rich foods, such as beef, had fewer hip fractures resulting from osteoporosis.
• Type 2 Diabetes – A research review indicated that increasing daily high-quality protein intake can improve muscle metabolism and a growing body of evidence suggests muscle metabolism may also play a role in the prevention of many chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.
Beef Up your Breakfast,
Lunch and Dinner
There are 29 cuts of beef that meet government guidelines for “lean,” making it easy to incorporate beef throughout the day as part of an active, healthy lifestyle at any age. Try these suggestions to enjoy the anti-aging benefits of beef throughout the day.
•Incorporate spice into a breakfast burrito by adding scrambled eggs and 95 percent lean ground beef cooked with taco seasoning.
• Power up a traditional lunchtime salad by adding strips of flank steak.
•Add slices of grilled sirloin to a vegetable wrap topped with basil and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette.
•Pump up mac ‘n’ cheese by adding lean ground beef.
•Mix 95 percent lean ground beef meatballs into a tomato and grilled vegetable spaghetti sauce.
•Add lean beef sirloin strips to a stir-fry loaded with fresh broccoli and carrots.
To learn more about the benefits of beef on your longevity, visit http://www.nebeef.org and BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com to find recipes and nutrition information, create shopping lists and to find out the health benefits of a nutrient-rich diet.