Facts about Beef

DID YOU KNOW that Beef is nutritional powerhouse? Beef is one of the most important dietary sources of iron. To obtain the same amount of iron found in a 200g serving of beef, you’d have to eat at least 3 cups of raw spinach or one big chicken breast.

1. Beef is the third most popular meat consumed by humans around the world, following pork, and poultry.

2. The United States and Brazil are the top beef producing countries in the world

3. Uruguay, New Zealand, Argentina, Australia and Brazil are the only countries with more cows than people

4. Mince accounts for almost 40% of beef production. Much of this goes into burgers.

5. Hamburger meat from 1 cow would equal 720 quarter-pound burgers, enough for a family of 4 to enjoy burgers each day for nearly 6 months

6. Beef is considered a red meat because of the amount of myoglobin (a protein in meat that holds oxygen in the muscle) that it contains.

7. The protein in beef is a complete, high-quality protein, which means it supplies all of the essential amino acids, or building blocks of protein, the body needs to build, maintain and repair body tissue.

8. There are special designations for beef including Certified Angus Beef, Certified Hereford Beef, Grass-fed Beef, Kobe Beef, Kosher beef, and Organic Beef.

9. There is approximately 25 billion pounds of beef produced each year by the farming of cattle.

10. Beef can be cooked in a variety of ways including grilling, barbecuing, broiling, griddling, roasting, frying, dehydrated, braised, stewed, sous-vide, smoked, cured, or corned. Beef is sometimes consumed in its raw form, called steak tartare, which is a French dish, or filet american, a Belgian dish, or kibbeh nayyeh, which is a Lebanese dish.

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