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Article Examines Red Meat and Heart Health

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

Consuming a moderate amount of red meat can be part of an overall heart-healthy diet, according to an article in U.S. News and World Report . The author, Dr. Kevin Campbell, said lean beef can help lower cholesterol and maintain better blood pressure control, thereby supporting heart health. Dr. Campbell argued that moderation and variety are key when making dietary changes to positively influence heart health. Physicians, however, should avoid prescribing exclusionary and restrictive diets, which target a specific type of food, Dr. Campbell concluded.

The article also highlights specific health benefits associated with red meat. Dr. Campbell noted that many popular retail cuts of meat are lean and are important sources of protein, iron, zinc and B vitamins. Furthermore, Dr. Campbell stressed that beef is nutrient-dense and is a better protein source compared to plant options. The Meat Institute shared the story widely on social media.

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