8th February 2019
Myth #1: Beef consumption should be limited because it’s bad for your heart and raises cholesterol.
FACT: Contrary to conventional wisdom, research shows that including lean beef every day, as part of a heart-healthy diet and lifestyle, can reduce risk factors for heart disease.
A randomized-controlled trial found that participants who consumed lean beef, as part of a dietary pattern rich in fruits, vegetables and lowfat dairy and low in saturated fat, experienced a 10% decrease in LDL cholesterol and a moderate decrease in blood pressure, both markers of lower heart disease risk.
Another study found that subjects who followed a healthy and higher-protein weight loss dietary pattern, combined with physical activity, and consumed lean beef four or more times a week, saw reductions in total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
In addition, evidence has shown that beef has a similar effect on total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides as poultry or fish. The current body of evidence provides convincing support that lean beef can support a strong heart, as part of a healthy dietary pattern and lifestyle.
Myth #2: Americans already consume too much protein.
FACT: Although the American diet has evolved over time, Americans have not increased their percentage of calories from protein in 30 years
On average, Americans (age 2 years and older) consume 5.7 ounces from the Protein Foods group each day (meat, poultry, eggs, fish/seafood, nuts, seeds and soy products), which is at levels consistent with the recommendations of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs).
Including high-quality protein, like lean beef, in a healthy dietary pattern can help Americans meet their protein needs, improve satiety and preserve lean muscle mass.
Myth #3: Americans consume too much red meat, especially beef.
FACT: On average, Americans consume 1.7 ounces of beef daily, which is well within the recommended amount of 5.5 ounces from the Protein Foods group per day.The fact is, beef is a natural source of essential nutrients with relatively few calories, which makes it a great lean protein option that Americans can enjoy at any meal.
Myth #4: Beef is the primary source of fat in the diet.
FACT: Beef contributes ten percent or less of saturated fat and total fat to the American diet.
Many people are surprised to learn that not all the fats in beef are saturated fats. In fact, half of the fatty acids in beef are monounsaturated – the same heart-healthy type of fat found in olive oil. Approximately one-third of beef’s total saturated fat is stearic acid, which has been shown to be neutral in its effects on blood cholesterol levels in humans.
Myth #5: It is difficult to find lean cuts of beef in the grocery store.
FACT: Thanks to enhancements in cattle breeding and feeding, today’s beef is leaner than ever as more than 65 percent of the whole muscle cuts sold through the supermarket meat case are lean when cooked with visible fat trimmed.
In fact, the number of beef cuts that qualify as “lean” increased sixfold from 1989 to 2013.
Many Americans’ favorite cuts, such as Top Sirloin, Tenderloin (Filet Mignon), Strip Steak and Flank Steak, are lean, when cooked with visible fat trimmed.12
Myth #6: Beef is difficult and time-consuming to prepare.
FACT: Beef is a nutrition powerhouse that can be easy to prepare by using common ingredients and matching the right cooking method to the right cut. By planning ahead, you can also save time in the kitchen when preparing recipes made with beef.
Beef can be paired with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and there are many cuts of beef available in the marketplace. Therefore, you have an endless amount of culinary possibilities at your fingertips to create a delicious, satisfying and healthy meal.
Myth #7: Grass-finished beef is more nutritious than grain-.finished beef.
FACT: There are a variety of beef choices, including grain-finished and grass-finished, but no matter the choice, there is a delicious and nutritious beef option for you.
All cattle, whether grass- or grain-finished, spend the majority of their lives eating grass on pastures, and beef is a natural source of more than 10 essential nutrients, like protein, iron and zinc. While grass-finished tends to be a little leaner, there are a number of variables that contribute to leanness, including breed, age, grade and cut.
The following is the path that great beef steaks and roasts take to get to your favorite meat case.
The weights are approximates.
Today the carcass, in most cases, is processed at the packinghouse into primal cuts for delivery to retail market.
For the purpose of this article will will assume the carcass is delivered to the retail market in hindquarters and forequarters, just like it was in the old days.
Live weight 1200—–Carcass weight 590 lbs
This is the path from beef carcass to individual beef cuts.
Carcass to Primals Path
(1)Chuck to Sub-Primals (i.e. Shoulder Clod)
(2) Sub Primal to Individual Cuts (i.e. Beef Clod Roast)
The Beef carcass consists of a FOREQUARTER and HINDQUARTER.
The Beef carcass has 13 ribs.
The FOREQUARTER is separated from the HINDQUARTER between the 12th and 13th rib, leaving 1 rib on the HINDQUARTER and 12 ribs on the FOREQUARTER
The forequarter is separated into two primals, CHUCK (ribs 1 to 5 inclusive) and RIB (ribs 6 to 12 inclusive)
The hindquarter is separated into two primals, ROUND and LOIN
Primals are groups of muscles from a particular section of the carcass.
Sub-Primals are produced, from the Primals, by meat cutters at retail market meat departments.
NOTE: The amount of Beef processed and boxed at the packing house, and delivered to supermarkets, began to grow in the 1970s.
Very little beef comes into retail operations in carcass form anymore.
I suspect, with the interest in grass-fed beef, this might change back going forward
Sub-Primals are then cut into individual cuts.
Beef cuts can be single muscles (ribeye) or can include sections of several muscles (Porterhouse (part of tenderloin & top loin)
Cuts from the center of the animal (LOIN & RIB ), which get little or no exercise, are the tender cuts, cooked using DRY HEAT
Cuts from the CHUCK or ROUNDwhich get the most exercise, are the tough cuts, cooked using MOIST HEAT
Cut names may vary from region to region or country to country.
Popular Cuts From Each Primal.
Bone-in cuts in RED
Stew meat can be made from any part of the primals.
Meat for grinding can be made from any of the primals.
CHUCK…generally requires MOIST HEAT Method (described here)
Sub Primal: Brisket
chuck blade steak—chuck blade roast—chuck 7-bone steak—chuck 7-bone roast—o-bone steak—o-bone roast—boneless chuck steak—boneless chuck roast—chuck eye steak—chuck eye roast—flat iron steak—shoulder clod roast-shoulder steak—brisket whole—brisket flatcut—brisket point cut—petite roast—flanken ribs—neck pot roast—
Other Names: western grillers—cross rib roast—english cut roast—espaldilla
RIB…usually cooked using DRY HEAT Methods (described here)
Sub Primal: Plate
rib steak large end–rib steak small end–ribroast( ribs 9-12)–large end rib roast ( ribs 6-9)–whole rib roast–boneless ribeye steak–boneless ribeye roast–beef back ribs
Other Names:Delmonico steak/roast–Market steak–Spencer steak–Standing rib roast
LOIN…usually cooked using DRY HEAT methods
Sub-Primals: Short Loin–Headloin.
t-bone steak–porterhouse steak–top loin steak–top loin steak–top loin roast
Other Names: new york steak–new york strip steak–new york strip roast–shell roast
strip loin roast–Kansascity steak–filet mignon–filet steak-chateaubriand
top sirloin–top sirloin roast–bottom sirloin steak–bottom sirloin roast–tritip steak-tritip roast–tenderloin steak–tenderloin roast–sirloin butt
Other Names: filet mignon–filet steak–chateaubriand–culotte–triangle–cattleman steak–
ROUND…generally requires MOIST HEAT methods
Sub Primal; Knuckle
round steak full cut—round steak full cut—top round steak—top round roast—bottom round steak—bottom round roast—eye round steak—eye round roast—sirloin tip steak—sirloin tip roast—silverside roast—rump roast—rump roast—watermelon roast—heel of round roast—hind shank—
Other Names: london broil—milanesa-
In this method of cooking, the food is cooked using convection heating. The food is put into an enclosed area where heat is then applied and the movement of heat within the confined space, acts on the food to cook.
In the process of cooking using the stewing method, food is cooked using a lot of liquid. Different kinds of vegetables are chopped, diced or cubed and added to the pot with pieces of selected meat, fish or chicken is also chopped and added to the stew. The liquid is slightly thickened and the stewed food is served in that manner.
Pan frying is done in a moderate amount of fat over moderate heat.