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Best Beef Buys

By on May 20, 2012

There will be lots of grilling around the nation this summer and no doubt, millions of grills will feature steak and other beef delicacies. For the carnivores among us, grass-fed beef might be a good healthy choice.  Grass-fed beef typically comes from cattle that eat only grass and other foraged foods versus grains, like corn.  The diet of the cattle changes the nutrients you get from eating the different types of beef.

Grass-fed beef may have some heart-health benefits that other types of beef don’t have, grass-fed beef may have:

  • Less total fat
  • More heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids
  • More conjugated linoleic acid, a type of fat that’s thought to reduce heart disease and cancer risks
  • More antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin E

In addition to seeking out grass-fed beef in the supermarket, making better, healthier selections is also important. There are about 28-29 standard cuts of beef and among the leanest are these below:

  • Eye of round roast or steak
  • Sirloin tip side steak
  • Top round roast and steak
  • Bottom round roast and steak
  • Top sirloin steak

If you still have questions about which cuts of beef are lean or extra lean, ask the staff in the meat department at the supermarket. Keep in mind that the same cuts of beef can have different names, like a boneless top loin steak may also be called a strip steak.

When you are choosing cuts of beef, be sure to choose cuts that are graded “Choice” or “Select” instead of “Prime,” which usually has more fat. Also select cuts with the least amount of visible fat (called marbling). Overall, nutritionists say limiting consumption of beef organs, such as liver, can also help manage cholesterol.

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