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The Power of Protein

If there was a protein contest, beef would come out on top. Among the powerful package of 10 essential nutrients beef is known for, protein stands out. In fact, one 3 ounce cooked serving of beef provides 50 percent of your Daily Value (25 grams) of this important nutrient—making it an excellent source!

A wealth of research has linked protein to benefits such as healthy body weight and/or weight loss, maintaining and building muscle, and overall diet satisfaction. When you’re looking for ways to improve your health, manage your weight or satisfy your appetite, consider all that protein can do for you:

  • Feeling hungry? People who eat a higher-protein diet (about 30 percent of daily calories from protein) feel more satisfied, which may help prevent overeating.
  • Protein helps support strong, lean bodies. Eating at least four ounces of high-quality protein from foods like beef at each meal provides your body with energy to lead an active lifestyle.
  • Protein may help cut the fat. Research has shown exercise is more effective for weight management when paired with a higher-protein diet, and beef provides the amino acids necessary for building and replenishing muscles.

So let’s ditch those fad diets and consider how we fill our plates at each meal. It’s not only important to include protein at dinner or lunch, but to spread it throughout your day. This will maximize the benefits of protein. Aim for 25-30 grams of protein at each meal and you’ll start to feel the difference. Not sure what that looks like? Click here to get ideas for 25-30 gram servings of beef to squeeze in throughout the day!

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