Beef IS Lean Meat

Had an interesting conversation at the supper table tonight (and yes this probably means I’ll get more prodding from my friends about blogging about my life, but oh well…) and I actually was told someone didn’t eat beef, except maybe once a week. Now his reasoning wasn’t cost. It wasn’t dislike for production methods. It wasn’t for taste reasons. This guy said “because it’s too fat. More than chicken…”

Mind you this guy is sitting at a table full of young, passionate beef producers. Literally, I think we all just there and it took a few seconds to sink in. He doesn’t eat beef because it’s more fat than chicken.

Now, being as full of random facts as I am, first thing that comes to mind is, “You do know there’s 29 cuts of beef that are considered as lean, right? As is more lean than some skinless cuts of chicken. As in low-calories, high nutrient density.”

Turns out he had heard from many sources, including a classroom situation that “beef is a fat meat, chicken is a lean meat.” I’m sure he’s not the only one that has these assumptions. The Beef Council has done a good job of coining one of the most recognized slogans in the history of food – BEEF: It’s What’s For Dinner. The likes of Sam Elliott or Matthew McConaughey mostly likely come to mind. (BTW, what happened to all of those great BIWFD commercials anyway?) But did you know nutritional guidelines recognize 29 cuts of beef as lean?!? Cuts like T-bone, Round, Chuck, Shoulder, and Sirloin are all considered lean  with fewer calories from fat per serving compared to skinless chicken thigh. Check it out on the BIWFD website.

Well, I really didn’t want to make it any more awkward over a meal, so we just kinda joked and said “Good thing we didn’t fix beef for supper tonight!”

Have you ever encountered a situation like this with friends? How did, or would you, respond?

About Ryan Goodman (1053 Articles)
Ryan Goodman lives in Helena, Montana, but grew up on a family cattle ranch in Arkansas. He has spent the last several years learning about farming systems across the country, living in Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming and Tennessee. He is a proud Animal Science graduate of Oklahoma State University and has completed graduate level research at the University of Tennessee, focusing on beef cattle reproduction and nutrition. Ryan works with the Montana Stockgrowers Association and does speaking events across the country centered on agriculture advocacy for farmers and ranchers. Outside of advocacy, Ryan is a novice runner, with goals of accomplishing his first Half Marathon in 2015, and enjoys refueling with a good steak. #TeamBeef!

3 Comments on Beef IS Lean Meat

  1. We need to bring back the BIWFD commercials. I think every woman could agree that Matthew McConaughey took “beef” to a whole nother level, lol.


  2. People don’t think for themselves. Alot of it is lazy or ignorant food prep…thinking If they buy a lean chicken, put in a crock pot wit a tub of fat.its ready when they get home instead of the same fifteen minutes of a BBQ steak, yet wonder where the heart disease is coming from. Or a fat filled cream holiday pie versus a fruit pie. Its severe in myfamiy, yet an aunt didn’t need a stent till 85, after not eating FAKE food. Real butter, lots of cobblers,real sugar, a few home raised beeves, ALOT of vitamins, supplements like brewers yeast, a healthy weight. But now in a recent interview says that Davey Jones said his Dr told him his stress test, that he had the heart of a twenty five year old, and he wasn’t afraid to exercise, and he is suddenly gone after being healthy, and very active. So in the end we are all just mere mortals and just cuz theresthe pancake breakfast deal that’s cheap, maybe a little steak for breakfast is OK too…It would be even better if Matthew McSexyman or Sam GreatvoiceorTruck I love both Elliot…..would be on my TV more,,,I aient gonna flip the channel…like there aient no fat cowgirls!!!!!peace….


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