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Centsable Health: Nutritional benefits of lean beef

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Warmer weather means it's a great time to fire up the grill. Beef is perfect for a barbecue. According to Fareway Foods Registered Dietitian Whitney Packebush, beef is not only tasty it's nutritious.

A 3-ounce serving of lean beef contributes less than 10% of calories to a 2,000-calorie diet, yet it's an excellent source of protein, zinc, vitamin B12, selenium and phosphorus; and a good source of choline, niacin, vitamin B6, iron and riboflavin.

Beef as a source of protein plays an essential role in developing and maintaining cognitive ability across the lifecycle and is required for energy metabolism. It's important in fueling physical activity and plays a role in muscle building and recovery.

Beef protein can help strengthen and sustain your body in maintaining a healthy weight, building muscle and fueling physical activity - all of which play an important role in a healthful lifestyle and disease prevention.

In fact, lean protein can make it even easier to enjoy more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet.

For recipes, nutrition information and cooking tips, visit: http://www.BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com or check out www.fareway.com.

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