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Heart and Circulatory System

What are heart-healthy beef cuts?

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  • Choosing the right cut of beef and enjoying proper portions can make it easy to add beef to a heart-healthy eating plan.

    Choose cuts of beef that aren't heavily marbled and appear redder in color. Good beef choices include:
    • Eye of the round
    • Top round
    • Top loin
    • Sirloin tip steak
    Once you've settled on a lean cut of beef, remember portion sizes: a three-ounce piece of beef is about the size of a deck of cards. If you generally eat larger pieces, enjoy it less often or stretch it out by adding vegetables to a kabob or mix meat with pasta or rice.
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  • AMarjorie Nolan Cohn, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Lean cuts of beef

    The USDA defines a lean cut of beef as a 3.5-ounce serving (about 100 grams) that contains less than:

    • 10 grams total fat
    • 4.5 grams saturated fat
    • 95 milligrams cholesterol

    Extra-lean cuts of beef

    The USDA defines an extra-lean cut of beef as a 3.5-ounce serving (about 100 grams) that contains less than:

    • 5 grams total fat
    • 2 grams saturated fat
    • 95 milligrams cholesterol

    Note that these nutrition labels aren't the same as grading beef. Grading beef is a voluntary program under the USDA that manufacturers can use to judge the perceived quality of their product.

    Selecting cuts of beef Cuts of beef

    Twenty-nine cuts of beef now meet the USDA's regulations to qualify as lean or extra lean. Of those 29 cuts of beef, these are considered extra lean:

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