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Beef Q & A (Part 2)
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by: Celebrity Recipes Magazine

Here is the second part of our question and answer feature on everything there is to know about beef (Beef Q & A - Part 1) .

How does beef compare in iron to other foods?
A 3-ounce serving of lean beef has an average 2.7 milligrams of iron, or about 15 percent of the US Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) Iron is easily absorbed because of the meat factor in beef.

Is Zinc present in beef and is beef a good source of zinc?
Red meat has a high zinc content. A 3-ounce cooked serving of beef contains 6 milligrams of zinc or about 40 percent of the US RDA. Cereals and legumes provide zinc, but these foods also contains phytic acid that interferes with zinc absorption.

How does beef compare in cholesterol content with other foods?
The American Heart Association suggests we limit our dietary cholesterol to under 300 milligrams a day. Lean cuts of beef on average contain 76 milligrams for a 3-ounce cooked portion. This is well within the guideline, with the exception of some shellfish and eggs, most meats and poultry contain about the same amount of dietary cholesterol.

Is there residue from hormones and antibiotics in beef?
Beef is one of the most carefully regulated foods in the world. Processing plants have inspectors from the US Department of Agriculture that check US beef’s wholesomeness. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also monitors animal food products for drug residues. In 1987, the FDA reported that beef topped the list as the most residue-free meat.

How long can I store beef at home?
For refrigerator storage, remember the “1,2,3” rule; ground beef can be refrigerated 1-2 days, steaks up to 3 days and roasts 3-5 days.

What temperature should beef be cooked to?
Beef, all meats and poultry should be eaten cooked, not raw. Beef should be cooked to at least 140ºF (rare) to ensure that if any kitchen bacteria are present, the high temperature will destroy them. When serving beef, remember to serve hot beef at 140ºF or higher, keep cold beef at 40ºF.

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