Nutrition Powered By Piedmontese
Whether you’re training for an athletic event or simply looking to maintain a healthier lifestyle, a protein-focused diet can help you achieve your goals.
Plants provide protein, but lean beef like Certified Piedmontese is more nutrient-rich and calorically dense compared to plant protein. Protein is a main building block for your body, allowing it to repair cells and make new ones. Not only does Certified Piedmontese beef provide all nine essential amino acids, but it also ranks high on the protein digestibility scale (a measurement that evaluates the quality of a protein based on the amino acid requirement of humans and their ability to digest it). Put simply, when it comes to a protein-rich diet, Certified Piedmontese beef offers true bang for your buck: you get a digestible protein with all 9 amino acids that is low in calories. Check. Check. Check.
Certified Piedmontese beef also serves as a significant source for essential fats that provide energy for the body. “Stearic acid helps regulate our mitochondria, which is the energy powerhouse of our cells,” notes dietitian and health coach Kitty Cole. “Grass fed beef is one of the healthiest sources of dietary stearic acid.” And the benefits don’t stop there. “Grass fed, grass finished beef also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which has been linked to long-term weight management and good health status,” says Kitty. “Certified Piedmontese grass fed beef is a complete protein that supports health, performance, and recovery for athletes.”
The quality and efficiency of protein makes all the difference when it comes to achieving health goals. Here’s the thing: not all protein sources are created equal. Sure, there are some plant-based foods that serve as decent sources of protein, but they often come at the cost of extra calories and excessive portions. Consider calorie intake and protein sources. To get 25 grams of protein from peanuts, you’d need to eat two-thirds of a cup of them, which clocks in at about 552 calories. Or take quinoa: To get 25 grams of protein you’d need to consume more than 3 cups, totaling over 600 calories. To get 25 grams of protein from broccoli, you’d need to eat 10 cups of it for a total of around 300 calories. That’s A LOT of broccoli. Nuts, grains, and veggies can certainly be a part of a healthy diet, but when it comes to being an efficient source of lean protein, they just don’t add up.
The highest-quality proteins are the most efficient. A four-ounce Certified Piedmontese sirloin steak gives you 25 grams of protein packed into only 120 calories. Now we’re talking! Prefer a New York strip? A four-ounce portion of Certified Piedmontese New York strip packs 26 grams of protein at only 180 calories. Even if you’re a fan of ribeye, traditionally one of the most fatty beef steaks, a four-ounce portion of the Certified Piedmontese ribeye offers 26 grams of protein for only 180 calories and 10 grams of fat. These stats are especially impressive when you compare them to ribeye steaks from standard beef breeds, which hover around 300 calories and 20 grams of fat for a four-ounce portion. That’s right, folks: we’re talking half the fat and calories.
And, because Certified Piedmontese beef is a higher-quality protein, after a meal with CP at the center of the plate you’re left feeling satiated, but not bogged down. Eat a fat-laden ribeye steak from a conventional breed, and you stumble away feeling overstuffed, groggy, and ready for a nap.
It’s not just about protein, fat, and calorie amounts, though. The quality of a protein also depends on how it’s grown and raised. Certified Piedmontese beef is Verified Natural, meaning it’s raised without antibiotics, steroids, and growth hormones, and our Beef Quality Assurance-certified ranchers implement progressive stockmanship values like low stress handling to ensure cattle are calm, comfortable, and healthy. It’s healthy beef that’s raised right.
Lean, healthy proteins have become especially popular due to the increase of people looking to high-protein, lower-carb diets to achieve all sorts of health-related goals. Coach Kitty Cole notes that though there’s no accepted standard of what constitutes low carb, she’s a firm believer in controlling the intake of carbohydrates that affect blood sugar levels. “We’ve learned from credible research that it’s low-quality carbohydrates that spike blood sugar, and the resulting inflammation causes heart disease,” she says. The standard American diet is carb-centric with low-quality carbs and lots of sugar. Kitty believes that in most instances, a healthier, anti-inflammatory diet means reducing low-quality carb intake and increasing intake of lean, healthy proteins, like Certified Piedmontese beef.
No matter how you choose to fuel your body, whether by following a specific diet like carnivore, low-carb, paleo, or keto—or you choose to take a balanced approach, Certified Piedmontese is proud to have your lean protein needs covered. Head to Piedmontese.com to check out our carnivore, heart-healthy, and athlete collections—the perfect complements to your training plan!