Since the 1920s, the America's farmers and ranchers have funded research to help understand beef's role in a healthful diet and expand the base of beef nutrition knowledge. Without beef industry-funded research, we would never have known the Nobel-Prize winning curative effects of iron for anemia.
This section includes research summaries and facts sheets that review the science behind beef's nutrients and health and how beef can fit into a healthful diet. You'll also find a guide to understanding epidemiological studies.
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Research Fact Sheets
Beef's Nutrients and Cognition
This fact sheet reviews research on the importance of nutrients such as protein, iron, zinc and B-vitamins on cognition throughout the lifespan. Beef is discussed as a source of nutrients important for cognition.
Red Meat and Cancer Risk
Red Meat and Processed Meat Consumption and Cancer: A Technical Summary of the Epidemiologic Evidence
This comprehensive report summarizes currently-available epidemiologic studies of red meat and processed meat consumption and cancer. It also discusses the fundamental basis of the science of epidemiology, including study designs, research methodology, data evaluation, and scientific interpretation.
Understanding Epidemiological Studies
This fact sheet summarizes types of epidemiological studies and provides criteria for interpreting epidemiological study results.