Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Beef...'s what's for dinner at my house! Come across some facts I thought I would share.

*29 cuts of beef meet the government guidelines for lean, with less than 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat, and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 3-ounce serving.

*More beef is consumed on Memorial Day than any other day of the year. Fourth of July and Labor Day typically tie for the second most popular beef eating days of the year.

*There are over 70 different breeds of beef cattle in the United States today.

*Christopher Columbus brought cattle with him to the Western Hemisphere on his second voyage to the New World in 1493, but Hernando Cortez was the first to bring cattle to North America in 1519.

* Beef accounts for 39% of poundsand 52% of total dollars spent atretail.

* Chicken—the second largest segment ofthe fresh meat case—garners just21% of total meat sales.

* Retail meat sales in 2004 were $26.2 billion,with beef accounting for sales reaching$13.4 billion.

*According to the latest government data, a 3 oz. serving of beef is a good source of 9 essential nutrients. What’s more, the six leanest beef cuts have, on average, just one more gram of saturated fat per 3 oz. serving than chicken’s leanest cut, the skinless chicken breast.

* Nearly nine out of 10 U.S. households (88% ofhouseholds) will eat beef at home in the next two weeks. That’s 251 million people! This base level has remained stable over the past13 years.

*While the U.S. has less than 10 percentof the world’s cattle inventory, it produces nearly 25 percent of theworld’s beef supply.

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