Category Archives: WI Agricultural Products

Beef Up Your Summer

Burgers on the GrillNow is the time to bring out the beef and fire up the grill. That mouth-watering burger is only a few steps away!

It’s July Beef Month here in Wisconsin, and the options for a lean, delicious and high-quality protein meal are endless. Beef is one of the most nutrient-rich foods to fuel an active and healthy lifestyle. Not only is beef pleasing to the taste, but it also serves as a great way to re-energize your body. Beef is a protein powerhouse full of zinc, iron and B-vitamins.

By supplying a nutrient bundle in every bite, lean beef is a great way to make your calories count. On average, a 3 oz. serving of lean beef provides about 150 calories. At the same time, it supplies 10 essential nutrients. Beef contributes less than 10% of saturated fat and total fat in the diet, as well as contributes less cholesterol to Americans’ diets compared to chicken and eggs. In addition, beef is considered a primary source of monounsaturated fat, a heart-healthy fat that aids in disease prevention. Few foods offer so many nutrients in so few calories.

I Love BeefAccording to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, the protein that lean beef provides can help in maintaining a healthy weight, building muscle and fueling physical activity. A substantial amount of evidence shows that many Americans could benefit from adding high-quality lean protein to their diets because of its beneficial role in weight management, healthy aging and disease prevention. A single serving of beef provides nearly 50% of the Daily Value for protein, and studies suggest that protein satisfies cravings faster and helps you feel full longer.

Lean beef also has the ability to aid in preventing certain diseases. A research review published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicated that increasing daily high-quality protein intake may optimize muscle strength and metabolism, and ultimately improve overall health. Evidence suggests muscle metabolism may also play a role in the prevention of many chronic diseases, such as type-2 diabetes and osteoporosis.

In addition, protein intake higher than the recommended dietary allowance may help adults prevent or manage cardiovascular disease. Research studies have found that individuals with the highest protein intake had the lowest risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) and the highest quality diets. Modest substitution of carbohydrate-rich foods with protein-rich foods reduces serum triacylglycerol, increases high density lipoprotein (HDL) and lowers blood pressure in people with hypertension.

The benefits of eating lean beef are truly never-ending. As a perfect partner for your favorite fruits, vegetables and whole grains, lean beef makes it even easier to build a colorful and balanced meal. Today’s beef is leaner than ever, and 69% of all cuts sold at grocery stores are lean, including consumer favorites such as Sirloin, Flank steak, Tenderloin, T-Bone steak and 95% lean Ground Beef. With more than 29 lean beef cuts, it’s easy to build great-tasting and healthful meals that include America’s favorite protein. There are unlimited culinary possibilities for the many cuts of lean beef, offering variety and flexibility.

Lean beef guarantees to provide you with the highest quality of flavor, tenderness and juiciness. Be sure to choose lean beef for your next burger!

July is Beef Month

Wisconsin Ginseng is #1

Many people don’t know what ginseng is, let alone realize that Wisconsin is the national leader in the production of this unique white root.

Ever since the 1800s, central Wisconsin has served as the center of the U.S. cultivated ginseng trade.  Today, the 200 Wisconsin Ginseng farmers account for 95 percent of the nation’s total cultivated ginseng production .  These Wisconsin farmers produce enough ginseng to account for up to $20 million in gross income for the state.

Wisconsin Ginseng is known worldwide as the purest, highest quality ginseng.  Panax quinquefolius, better known as American Ginseng, is a white root with medicinal properties known to relieve stress, increase stamina and increase resistance to common illnesses such as colds.  This type of ginseng is an adaptogen, a substance that helps the body adapt to stress, and is generally used to cool and soothe the body.  Ginseng is a key ingredient used in traditional Chinese Medicine and is also widely used in Western cultures as a dietary supplement and botanical element.

Wisconsin has the ideal climate and mineral-rich soil conditions for growing the perfect ginseng root.  Producers in Wisconsin also have generations of growing experience.  Their hard work and advanced farming practices produce the world’s highest quality cultivated ginseng.  These farmers follow the country’s strict pesticide usage standards and have satisfied rigorous safety tests established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Recently, the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin has worked extensively to develop U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grading standards for cultivated American ginseng to assure the marketplace of consistency in ginseng is produced.

In 1991, the Wisconsin Ginseng Seal® was developed to protect the integrity of Wisconsin Ginseng products.  This trademark provides consumers with a simple, convenient method of identifying authentic Wisconsin Ginseng at the point of purchase.  Packaged products bearing the official seal must contain 100 percent pure ginseng, grown and harvested in Wisconsin.

If you would like to learn more about Wisconsin’s ginseng industry, contact the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin!