BOLD News About Beef

Eating Lean Beef Daily Can Help Lower Cholesterol As Part of a Heart-Healthy Diet

The latest research on heart health and lean beef presents a new way of thinking: lean beef can be part of a solution to one of America’s greatest health challenges. 

The Beef in an Optimal Lean Diet (BOLD) study, conducted by researchers at The Pennsylvania State University, found consuming lean beef daily as part of a heart-healthy diet lowered LDL "bad"cholesterol by 10 percent, which was just as effective as the DASH diet. This research provides convincing support that nutrient-rich lean beef can be an everyday part of a heart-healthy diet.

BOLD was a human clinical trial conducted by researchers at The Pennsylvania State University. Participants following BOLD diets consumed up to 5.4 oz. of lean beef daily. At the end of five weeks, they experienced a 10 percent drop in LDL (or "bad") cholesterol, and a drop in total cholesterol levels. The BOLD results were comparable to the gold standard of heart-healthy diets, the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) which was also consumed by study participants for comparison. Many of the BOLD menus incorporated recipes from the checkoff-funded Healthy Beef Cookbook.

Learn more:

BOLD Study fact Sheet

BOLD press release

and The Penn State press release

BOLD Sample Menu (1800 calorie)

BOLD Sample Menu (2100 calorie)

BOLD Recipes:

Beef, Mango & Barley Salad

Farmer's Market Vegetable, Beef & Brown Rice Salad

Sirloin with Sugar Snap Pea & Pasta Salad with Gremolata Dressing

Szechuan Beef Stir-Fry

Lean Beef Facts:

  • On average, a 3-oz. serving of lean beef is about 150 calories.
  • Beef is an excellent source of nutrients, including protein, zinc, vitamin B12, vitamin B6 and niacin.
  • Many of the most popular beef cuts sold at retail are lean, including T-Bone, Tenderloin, Top Sirloin and more.