Each delicious bite of beef is packed with vitamins and 14¬†essential nutrients, including high quality protein, iron, zinc and vitamin B12.
Beef has all 20 amino acids needed to make a complete protein. Protein does many things to keep the body strong and healthy. It makes hormones, and builds and repairs muscles. Beef is an excellent source of protein.
Iron is an essential nutrient for all individuals; it builds red blood cells, helps cells work in the body, carries oxygen from the lungs to every cell in the body and helps the brain work at its best. Heme iron, found in beef, is much better absorbed than the non-heme iron found in plants foods and eggs. Beef is a good source of iron and including beef in a balanced diet can help individuals meet the higher iron recommendations set by the Institute of Medicine.
Zinc supports the body’s immune system, growth and development and influences the activity of many hormones. Beef is an excellent source of zinc. Including zinc-rich foods, such as lean beef, contributes to a balanced and nutritious diet.
This vitamin is essential for the normal functioning of the brain and central nervous system. The only reliable source of this vitamin is foods of animal origin. Beef is an excellent source of vitamin B12.
Check out the amounts of key nutrients found in 100¬†grams of cooked, lean only Canadian beef.
Source: Canada Beef Inc.