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Study shows lean beef can help lower blood pressure

Mary Soukup, Editor, Drovers CattleNetwork

As families across America prepare to fire up the grill this weekend for Fourth of July festivities, they should feel even better about their choice to include lean beef in the grilling lineup. According to a study conducted by Pennsylvania State University researchers, the inclusion of lean beef in a DASH-like (dietary approaches to stop hypertension) diet could help the 82 million Americans suffering from cardiovascular disease reduce their blood pressure.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Human Hypertension, follows a 2012 study that concluded the Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD), which included lean beef in a DASH-like diet, reduces total levels of LDL, or bad, cholesterol. DASH is the ‘gold standard’ for heart health and is a dietary pattern that includes fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and protein mostly from plant sources. The authors suggest that the latest report indicates that it is total protein intake, not type of protein, that is important in reducing blood pressure as a part of a DASH-like diet.

The study evaluated the effects of the DASH diet, BOLD (113 grams or 4.0 ounces of beef pre day), BOLD+ (153 grams or 5.4 ounces of beef per day) compared to the health American diet (HAD) as the control on vascular health. The results of the study demonstrated that the BOLD+ pattern consisting of 5.4 ounces of lean beef per day was more effective at reducing systolic blood pressure when compared to the other three diets lower in total protein.

According to the study’s authors, “Individuals are often advised to avoid or restrict beef because it is a source of saturated fat in the diet. However, many Americans enjoy beef, commonly choosing cuts deemed lean by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and report better adherence to dietary advice that includes some lean beef. In addition, beef’s contribution to SFA in the American diet is often overstated in that it is not one of the top five contributors of SFA for Americans.”

The full study is available online at the Journal of Human Hypertension’s website.



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