Guest Blog: Lean Beef for Heart Health

I haven’t had a guest blog before, but when Alex asked, I thought it would be a great idea. Please enjoy the post by Winona’s own Hyvee Dietitian Alexandra Economy:

Lean Beef: Adding Flavor to Heart Health

The latest research on lean beef comes from a study known as BOLD (Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet) conducted by researchers at Pennsylvania State University, and found that consuming lean beef daily as part of a heart-healthy diet lowered LDL “bad” cholesterol by 10%, which is just as effective as the DASH diet (the gold standard of heart-healthy diets).

Cattle farmers are actually raising beef that is leaner than it was 50 years ago through breeding and feeding advancements. Beef has seen a 34% decrease in fat content, and over half the fat in beef is actually monounsaturated fat – the same type of heart-healthy fat found in olive oil. Beef is also packed with high-quality protein, B vitamins, iron, zinc and other important nutrients for good health.

How to choose the leanest cuts of beef? Look for the words “loin” or “round” in the name of the cut, such as top sirloin steak, bottom round roast or tenderloin roast. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association recognizes over 29 cuts of beef that meet the USDA’s guidelines for “lean.” For tips on cooking methods and recipes, visit the Beef It’s What’s for Dinner website.

Alexandra Economy, RD, LD, is a registered dietitian with Hy-Vee, Inc. and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

Skillet Steak with Sauteed Wild Mushrooms (

Skillet Steaks with Sauteed Wild Mushrooms

The recipe above was chosen and made by Alex Economy.

Alexandra Economy, RD, LD, has a B.S. degree in Dietetics from University of Wisconsin-Stout and will graduate in May with a Master’s degree in Professional Development from Winona State University. She currently lives and works in Winona, MN as a supermarket dietitian, and in her spare time she enjoys training for triathlons and spending time with friends and family.

Alexandra Economy (Winona HyVee Dietitian)

Thanks Alex! It was a pleasure to have you guest blog.


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