29 Lean Beef Cuts

Today’s beef simply is not your father’s steak

The beef Americans love is leaner than ever before and good for you too. Now, there are 29 ways to love lean beef.  The beef industry has devoted significant resources to offer people leaner beef options, so Americans can easily savor the beef they love as part of a healthful lifestyle. 

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The 29 cuts include some of Americans’ traditional favorites like flank steak, tenderloin, 95 percent lean ground beef and T-bone steak, as well as newer cuts of beef, such as the Western Griller steak and Ranch steak.  

A 3-ounce serving of lean beef is an excellent source of:

• protein (51% of the DV)
• zinc (38% of the DV)
• vitamin B12 (37% of the DV)
• selenium (26% of the DV)
• phosphorus (20% of the DV) 

A 3-ounce serving of lean beef is a good source of:

• choline (18% of the highest AI)
• niacin (17% of the DV)
• vitamin B6 (15% of the DV)
• iron (14% of the DV)
• riboflavin (12% of the DV)

The 29 cuts of lean beef are a complete recipe for better health: lean protein, essential nutrients and great taste.

Calorie-for-calorie, beef is one of the most naturally nutrient-rich foods.  A 3-ounce serving of lean beef contributes less than 10 percent of calories to a 2,000-calorie diet, yet it supplies more than 10 percent of the Daily Value for ten essential nutrients.

When it comes to choosing healthy proteins, people don’t have to give up the great taste of beef. With 29 lean beef cuts to choose from, Americans can easily enjoy the beef they love, while they “go lean with protein” -- as the USDA recommends within the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPyramid. Twenty of the 29 lean beef cuts have, on average, only one more gram of saturated fat than a skinless chicken breast, per 3-ounce serving. Each lean beef cut is a nutrient powerhouse with eight times more vitamin B12, six times more zinc and three times more iron than the same size serving of a skinless chicken breast.