Today’s beef is younger, leaner, and trimmed closer for less fat.

A 3-ounce serving of lean beef has about 150 calories.

Nutritious and delicious, a single serving of beef provides nearly 50 percent of the recommended daily value for protein.

Beef is an excellent source of 10 essential nutrients:

  • Choline
  • Iron
  • Niacin
  • Phosphorus
  • Protein
  • Riboflavin
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Zinc

Lean Beef & Heart Health

As part of a heart-healthy diet, lean beef has been shown to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels by as much as 10 percent. This decrease is comparable to physician-recommended cholesterol-lowering diets.

When comparing cooked 3-ounce servings of beef and chicken, more than 29 lean beef cuts have a total fat content between that of a skinless chicken breast and a skinless chicken thigh.

One-third of the saturated fat in beef comes in the form of stearic acid (the same fat in chocolate), which is recognized for its neutral effect on blood cholesterol levels.

Half the fatty acids in beef are monounsaturated, the heart-healthy type of fat found in olive oil.

Develop these healthy beef-eating habits

Choose one of these leaner cuts.

  • Sirloin tip side steak
  • Top round steak
  • Eye of round steak
  • Bottom round steak
  • Top sirloin

Control portion size.

  • Divide large steaks into two or more 3-ounce servings.
  • Visualize 3 ounces as the size of a deck of cards.
  • One 3-ounce cooked serving = 4 ounces of uncooked beef

Do away with the fat.

  • Trim all visible fat before cooking.
  • Broil, barbecue, or roast on a rack to allow fat to drip away
  • Cook soups, stews, chili, and spaghetti sauce a day before and refrigerate. Skim off any fat hardened at the surface before re-heating.

Choose heart-healthy recipes

  • Marinate with spices, wine, lemon, or tomato juice instead of oil.
  • Stir-fry with vegetables rather than topping with butter, cheese or pastry.

Healthy Food Prep & Storage

Harris Ranch maintains the highest standards for food safety and quality assurance. We control handling of our beef products right up until the moment they reach a distribution center or customer warehouse. At that point, consumers must take steps to ensure freshness.

  • Put meat in refrigerator or freezer immediately upon returning from store.
  • Follow label for recommended “Use or Freeze By” dates.
  • After contact with raw meat, wash hands, utensils and cooking areas with hot soapy water.
  • Cook meat thoroughly to kill bacteria.
  • Never place cooked meat on a platter that previously held raw meat.

Minimum Internal Temperatures to Kill Bacteria

Ground beef – 160° F
Other ground meat – 160° F
Beef steaks and chops – 145° F
Pork steaks and chops – 160° F
Chicken or turkey, breast – 170° F
Chicken or turkey, thighs – 180° F

Harris Ranch is the West’s most trusted and well-known brand of premium, grass-raised and grain-finished beef. We have worked hard to earn that trust, and will do all we can to uphold it. We provide a satisfaction guarantee policy, and work with consumers who have specific product-related concerns.

If your purchase of Harris Ranch Beef did not live up to your expectations, you may submit our Product Comments form.