there really is a college major in the science of meat. And it
has a lot to do with the science of nutrition, I was informed
by Hannah Kesterson, a beautiful young lady who will soon
graduate from Colorado State University with a master of
science degree in Animal Science, Meat Science and Human
curious why she decided to go into this particular field of
study? "My interest in agriculture, food science, and
health started when I was young and grew as I learned more
about these topics in the 4-H program," she said. (Hannah’s
dad, by the way, is a veterinarian and her mom is a registered
her studies, she found she had an affinity to science. "I
realized that my love for both agriculture and nutrition could
possibly be combined, especially in a culture where people are
becoming more concerned about where their food comes
are. I asked her to share some of what she has learned about
the science (and nutrition) of meat.
is a nutrient dense food," she began. "It provides
more than ten essential nutrients which play a role in muscle
maintenance, brain, and immune function."
is often a stigma associated with beef due to the presence of
fat in this protein source, especially saturated fatty acids.
However, less than half of the fatty acids in beef are
saturated. And about one-third of this saturated fat is
stearic acid, which has been shown to be neutral on blood
cholesterol levels. Of the total fat (in beef) about half is
monounsaturated fatty acids (the same type of fat found in
olive oil), which can help reduce (bad) LDL cholesterol in the
blood." Choose lean cuts of meat, she advises.
there’s a lot of scary news about beef out there.
consider the source of the information, she advises.
"While technology is a great tool, it allows people to
freely share information even on topics they are not
have been several studies looking at the impact of beef on
health issues. For example, results of the BOLD (Beef in an
Optimal Lean Diet) study showed that eating a healthy diet
including daily servings of lean beef can help people to lower
LDL and total cholesterol, and improve risk factors for
cardiovascular disease. Also, the WISE (Weight Improvement,
Satisfaction, and Energy) study compared two diet plans: one
plan was high in protein and rich in lean beef, while the
other plan restricted overall red meat intake. Researchers
found that both were effective in decreasing body weight and
improving health. These indicate that for those who want to
include it, meat can be part of a healthy diet and
questions on this topic to come. Stay tuned…