Study Confirms Beef’s Role in a Heart-Healthy Diet

December 16, 2011 02:29 AM

New research shows that eating lean beef every day can be good for heart health by improving cholesterol levels. That’s what a new checkoff-funded study called BOLD (Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet) shows – that adding lean beef to the most recommended heart-healthy diet can lower heart disease risk by reducing levels of total and LDL "bad" cholesterol.

The BOLD clinical study (Effects on Lipids, Lipoproteins and Apolipoproteins), conducted by Pennsylvania State University researchers, evaluated adults with moderately elevated cholesterol levels, who followed four diets with varying amounts of beef, for five weeks each, to measure the impact of each diet on measures of heart health, such as total and LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels.

Subjects following the BOLD diet experienced a 10-percent decrease in LDL cholesterol from the start of the study. After five weeks, there were significant reductions in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol in the BOLD diet.

"The BOLD study provides new research that health professionals can use to update their dietary recommendations with scientific findings showcasing how lean beef can maintain and even improve heart health," says Brian Healey, cow-calf producer from Davis, Okla. and vice-chair of the checkoff’s Joint Human Nutrition Research Committee. And research shows that when people include food they enjoy, like lean beef, they are more likely to stick to their heart-healthy diet longer."

Consumers can follow the same heart-healthy diet as participants of the BOLD study by using recipes from checkoff’s Healthy Beef Cookbook, a collection of delicious, nutrient-rich recipes for America’s favorite protein, beef.

The BOLD study has been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Here is a fact sheet about beef in an optimal lean diet.

To learn more about lean beef’s nutrition and heart-health benefits, please visit

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Spell Check

12/16/2011 04:07 AM

  Most people would read a story like this and say that the study was rigged. Even I would have said the same thing years ago. Then, I knew a bunch of friends and acquaintances who went on the Atkins Diet, which is mostly meat and eggs and cottage cheese. While these folks succeeded in losing weight in varying degrees depending on how closely they stuck to the diet, ALL of them lowered their bad cholesterol and raised their good cholesterol. And very few of them gave a hoot about their hearts--they were merely trying to lose weight for reasons of vanity or health or because they were simply tired of being fat. Even Dr. Atkins himself was surprised by this cholesterol "side effect" of his diet.

12/21/2011 10:46 AM

  Beef, Its good for you!


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