Beef producers hit back on federal health guidelines

Feb 17, 2011

Beef may still be what's for dinner, cattle lobby says

Recent updates to what government regulators consider to be a healthy diet provoked a response from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, reported the Ag Journal.

Beef, the group argues, is a food with a high degree of nutrient density. At least 10 essential nutrients can be obtained from it with a relatively modest caloric intake, the NCBA's executive director for human nutrition research told the Ag Journal.

"A recommendation to add seafood to your diet doesn't mean you should cut back on lean beef, because they both offer unique yet equally important nutrients," Shalene McNeill said. "Beef is a leading source of several nutrients including protein, iron and zinc while fatty fish, like salmon, are among top sources of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D."

Some dietary experts, however, insist that limiting red meat consumption is a way to improve overall health.

Sticking to the least processed foods available and ensuring all necessary nutrients are part of one's diet are relatively uncontroversial recommendations, however. Lower rates on life insurance are just one of the many advantages of a balanced diet.

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