How Often Should You Eat Beef?

The amount of beef Americans have eaten since the cattle industry began its mass production in 1870 steadily increased until the 1970s, when the average consumption was 85 pounds each year. It began to decline because scientists made the connection between cholesterol and saturated fat in beef and heart disease.

In 2007, the beef consumption for each American had declined to an average of 66 pounds each year, the equivalent of 1.26 pounds per week. The No. 1 cause of health-related death in the U.S. is heart disease, and the frequency of beef consumption has been a controversial aspect of the debate over how to cut heart disease rates.

Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Heart Disease

The saturated fat and cholesterol levels in the diet impact cardiovascular health. Beef is one of the foods in the American diet that provides more of these substances than any other. As a result, restricting beef consumption can help prevent heart disease because it can clog arteries

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