Red Wine Herb-Marinated Beef Steak

Beef's Nutrients

Beef is an excellent source of protein and supplies 10 essential nutrients including B-vitamins, zinc, and iron that support an active and healthy lifestyle. The nutrients in beef provide our bodies with the strength to thrive throughout all stages of life. Learn more about beef’s nutrients below.

The Nutrients You Need, With A Taste You Love

When it comes to beef and your health, you can rest easy knowing that along with being delicious, beef contains important nutrients that your body needs. In just one 3 oz. cooked serving, you’re getting 10 essential nutrients, including about half your Daily Value for protein!

Big Nutrition. Small Package.

This may leave you wondering how beef stacks up against other protein options. When it comes to high-quality proteins, beef provides many nutrients in a smaller serving size than some other choices (with unbeatable taste at that)! For example, you’d have to eat at least 8 oz. of cooked chicken breast (USDA NDB #05064) to get the same amount of iron in just 3 oz. serving of cooked beef (USDA NDB #13364). When comparing zinc, you’d need to eat 20 oz. of cooked chicken breast!

Beef's Big Ten

10 Facts

Burger Battle

While we’re on the subject of other protein options, let’s also take a look at a comparison of Beef Burgers to a few popular alternatives – you just might be surprised by the results!  Before you decide to swap Ground Turkey or a veggie-based burger product for Ground Beef, check the Nutrition Facts Label to make sure you’re making the best substitution for your health.  Ground Beef naturally has more of many essential micronutrients and lean ground beef can be lower in calories, fat and cholesterol than some protein alternatives. Real beef is one simple ingredient with endless possibilities. 

Meat Substitutes Fact Sheet

Delicious TakeAways

You can feel good knowing that beef is providing so much of what your body needs to perform at its best. And even more good news is how deliciously beef pairs with fruits, vegetables and whole grains—making it even easier to enjoy a balanced diet. Here are some of our favorite recipes to inspire you!

Mediterranean beef wrap

Mediterranean Beef and Veggie Wraps

In about 10 minutes you've got an easy, portable Mediterranean beef wrap made with common ingredients and fresh vegetables.


Bistro Steak & Potato Medley

Bistro Steak and Med Potato Medley

Greek seasoning-rubbed steak, Kalamata olives, Feta cheese, roasted veggies and red potatoes. Prepare to be delighted!


Steak Salad With Dried Cherries

Beef Steak Salad With Dried Cherries

Tender sliced Sirloin Steak on a bed of fresh lettuce, topped with dried cherries, blue cheese and walnuts.


Brisket with Savory Carrots & Dried Plums

Beef Brisket with Savory Carrots & Prunes

Beef brisket paired with carrots and dried plums for a unique flavor combo. This recipe is certified by the American Heart Association®.