What does "lean" mean?
According to the USDA, a 3-ounce cooked serving of beef designated as “lean” contains:
Based on this definition, there are more than 29 cuts of beef that are considered lean, including 7 of the 8 Beef Alternative Merchandising (BAM) cuts. More great news is that a 3-ounce serving of lean beef has only 179 calories, contributing less than 10 percent of calories to a 2,000-calorie diet while contributing more than 10 percent of the USDA Daily Value (DV) for essential vitamins and minerals needed for optimal health and weight.
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