NATIONAL LIVE STOCK AND MEAT BOARD
FACTS ABOUT MEAT
-- A new checkoff-funded dietary intake study found that, on average Americans consume 2.2 servings a day from the Meat Group of the Food Guide Pyramid. The Pyramid recommends 2-3 daily servings.
-- Meat contributes significantly to good nutrition, providing essential amounts of protein, iron, zinc and B vitamins.
-- Meat is leaner than it used to be. Today's beef, for example, has 27 percent less fat in the retail case than just 10 years ago. Pork has 31 percent less fat than a decade ago.
-- Among the leaner meat choices: beef round steak, chuck arm roast, sirloin, tenderloin, top loin, pork center loin chop, tenderloin, fresh or cured ham, Canadian bacon, veal cutlet, and leg of lamb.
-- To keep meat meals lower in fat, use cooking techniques like marinating and seasoning, then broiling or grilling.
-- USDA statistics show that, per capita, Americans consume an average of 112 pounds of meat -- beef, pork, lamb and veal -- each year.
-- The meat industry has spent over $3.5 million in food safety research over the past three years to help combat foodborne illness.
-- Through industry checkoffs, America's farmers and ranchers fund programs in research, education, promotion and information to build demand for beef, veal, pork, lamb and deli/prepared meats.
/CONTACT: Lynn Petrak of the National Live Stock and Meat Board, 312-467-5520/
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