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Calories In Ground Beef

Ground beef is basically beef that has been finely chopped or ground. It is available in various price ranges which vary depending on the cut. The most expensive variety of ground beef is the sirloin which is followed by ground round and ground chuck. Ground beef is widely used all across the USA as well as other parts of the world in the form of a hamburger patty. This has the most calories and is the least expensive.
Ideally while purchasing ground beef, bear in mind that the lower the fat content in the beef the more flavorful the meat will be once it is cooked.

As per the nutrition facts, the calories that are present in a pound of ground beef are approximately 798. Some other nutritional details of one pound of ground beef are:

  • Fat: 45.36g
  • Cholesterol: 295 mg
  • Sodium: 299mg
  • Protein: 90.72g
  • Iron: 56%
  • Calcium: 5%

Ground chuck beef is actually the shoulder and neck area of the cow which is extremely flavorful. However, this does have a number of fat calories, yet less than those found in the common ground beef. Ground sirloin is mostly lean meat and contains the least amount of calories. Get to know about calories in beef and nutritional details of chicken

Calories in 85% lean/15% fat ground beef as well as the nutrient content in 85/15 ground beef are:

  • Calories: 218
  • Fat:13.g
  • Cholesterol: 77mg
  • Protein:23.6g
Alternatively, the calories in 93%lean/7% fat ground beef and the nutritional composition of 93/7 ground beef is:
  • Calories:40
  • Fat:1.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Carbohydrates: 0.5mg
  • Protein:5.3g
Similarly the nutritional breakdown of 90% lean ground beef and amount of calories in 90% lean ground beef are:
  • Calories: 196
  • Fat:10.2g
  • Cholesterol: 76mg
  • Sodium: 74mg

Properties And Health Benefits Of Ground Beef

  • Ground beef and beef in other forms as well, are known to be an excellent source of protein. It can provide an individual with almost 64% of their daily protein requirement.
  • Lean organic ground beef is also known to contain nutrients that prevent colon cancer as well as protect the heart.
  • Ground beef is also known to be a very good source of vitamin B12 which is required by the body to convert the dangerous homocysteine chemical into benign molecules. Otherwise the homocysteine chemicals are known to increase the risk of stroke and heart attacks.
  • Vitamin B12 found in beef is also effective against osteoporosis that is known to occur mostly in women
  • Ground beef, especially lean or organic beef is also rich in trace minerals such as zinc and selenium which help in minimizing the risk of colon cancer.
  • Zinc present in lean ground beef also helps in boosting the individual’s immune system, thereby assisting in the prevention of ear infections and other infections as well.
Side Effects:

  • One of the side effects of the consumption of ground beef or any other form of beef is that it is known to contain ‘dioxin’ which is a toxic organic chemical. Dioxin is known to be associated with various medical conditions such as blood disorders, nerve disorders, attention deficit disorder and even cancer.
  • In some cases if the beef is not cooked properly then it may also harbor bacteria known as E Coli, which is also known to be fatal for humans. This germ enters into the meat if the meat is exposed to or comes in contact with cattle feces.
  • The consumption of beef and other meats is also known to result in body odor as well as acne in people. This is because of the concentration of trans fatty acids and saturated fats in beef.
  • Another side effect of the consumption of excessive ground beef is an increase in the cholesterol levels and consequently an increase in the risk of heart disease.
Tips On Intake:

  • While purchasing ground beef, always ensure that you purchase the beef well within the expiry date. Similarly the beef should also be consumed not more than 2 days after purchasing it. If the beef has already been cooked, you should keep it for a maximum of five days in the fridge and up to 12 months in the freezer.
  • While cooking beef, one of the healthy ways to do so is to ensure that the cutting boards or the dishes used to cook the beef are washed well so that germs may not contaminate the other food.
  • While cooking ground beef, the beef should ideally reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit on the meat thermometer.
Submitted on January 16, 2014