Mediterranean-Style Eating with Lean Beef Supports a Healthy Heart


The Mediterranean diet typically is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts/seeds and olive oil, and lower in sweets, sodium and red meat. Recent research shows that a Mediterranean-style eating pattern that includes fresh lean red meat can support heart health.


The study demonstrates that following a Mediterranean-style eating pattern that includes up to 18 ounces of cooked, fresh lean red meat per week (including beef) – along with poultry and fish – is just as effective at improving certain heart disease risk factors (such as blood pressure and total and LDL cholesterol) as a Mediterranean- style eating pattern that limits red meat.




  1. The study was funded in part by the Beef Checkoff Program.

  2. O’Connor LE, et al. A Mediterranean-style eating pattern with lean, unprocessed red meat has cardiometabolic benefits for adults who are overweight or obese in a randomized, crossover, controlled feeding trial. Am J Clin Nutr 2018, nqy075. https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/advancearticle/doi/10.1093/ajcn/nqy075/5036105

  3. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Nutrient Data Laboratory. US


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