On Jan. 31, 2011, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly released the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 

The guidelines create the foundation of the nation’s nutrition policy and are updated every five years. Specifically, the guidelines recommend Americans establish a nutrient dense diet. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said during the announcement that “not every calorie is the same.”

Texas medical doctor and cattleman Richard Thorpe said lean beef contributes to a well- balanced, nutrient dense diet.

“When reading these guidelines, consumers need to realize that protein-packed lean beef accompanied by an increase in fruits and vegetables translates into a healthy choice. These guidelines reinforce the fact that Americans are over fed, yet undernourished,” said Thorpe on behalf of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).  

“Lean beef is a nutrient-rich food that, on average, provides 10 essential nutrients provided in only 154 calories. The guidelines are calling for a well-balanced diet and lean beef is a good place to start. Unless people are heavily relying on fortified foods, it is difficult for average Americans to meet their nutrient needs within appropriate calorie levels without foods like lean beef.”