8 More Beef Cuts Make the AHA Grade

Heart Check MarkBIG NEWS – eight more fresh beef cuts have passed the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heart-Check test!

Meeting the AHA’s criteria for heart-healthy foods as “part of an overall healthy dietary pattern” is no small task. Given the fact the news broke during National Heart Month, it couldn’t have been better timed.

What does it take to get a lean stamp of approval?

The criteria used for heart-healthy consideration is based on science evaluations of nutritional requirements, values, and dietary recommendations. Here’s a look at the AHA guidelines set forth for lean meat:

Total Fat: Less than 5 g (also per 100 g*)

Saturated Fat: Less than 2 g (also per 100 g*)

Trans Fat: Less than 0.5 g (also per label serving*). Products containing partially hydrogenated oils are not eligible for certification.

Cholesterol: Less than 95 mg (also per 100 g*)

Sodium: One of four sodium limits applies depending on the particular food category:  up to 140 mg, 240 mg or 360 mg per label serving*, or 480 mg per label serving and per RACC*.  (See Sodium Limits by Category for details.)

Beneficial Nutrients (naturally occurring or historically fortified): 10% or more of the Daily Value of 1 of 6 nutrients (vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein or dietary fiber)

lean burgersThe latest cuts to make the grade are all considered “extra lean beef options”:

Extra Lean Ground Beef (96% Lean, 4% Fat)

Bottom Round Steak (USDA Select Grade)

Sirloin Tip Steak (USDA Select Grade)

Boneless Top Sirloin Petite Roast (USDA Select Grade)

Top Sirloin Strips (USDA Select Grade)

Top Sirloin Filet (USDA Select Grade)

Top Sirloin Kabob (USDA Select Grade)

Center Cut Boneless Top Sirloin Steak (USDA Select Grade)

What does this mean for you?

Creating a dining experience that encourages your customers to perceive your food as healthy is vital to your success in today’s market. –Alan Philips, QSR Magazine

Retail studies show the use of AHA Heart Check labels on qualifying meats and poultry items boost sales on average by 5%. Restaurants and hospitality who embrace health marketing strategies may want to add this to their mix.

grass fed steakMeat as a legitimate healthy dining option has enjoyed a boost in recent years too. Food Nazis were more than rattled last year when The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet hit the New York Times Bestseller List and won numerous awards.

According to the NRA, over 70% of adults are trying to eat healthier at restaurants more now than ever before. Incorporating heart-check appropriate notes on the menu could be a great way to enhance your healthy marketing options further.

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Meat Clips | Mobile, Malware & Mayhem

Recent research provides Android Malware attacks increased 75% last year! Interestingly enough, Adware actually decreased over the same time period, but ransomware hit new highs.

According to the Lookout study, four million Android users paid ransoms that ranged from $300-$500 to unlock their devices last year. Industry analysts fear that some Malware may have infiltrated devices at the factory level and are actually coming pre-loaded as such out of the box.

It’s tough enough to deal with cyber crime on a personal level, but the cost of such mobile mayhem on business is escalating to new heights. More than 68% of global organizations have experienced a breach of mobile security in the last year. Experts cite the lack of password protection, lost or stolen devices, lack of “VPN or firewalled networks” and fraud, as the top mobile security threats on business.

How close to home does all this hit our industry? VERY, according to a recent Independent Restaurateur post which reports restaurants account for 73% of the data breaches in the United States – a 29% increase over the last three years.

Estimates provide the cost to independents can escalate to hundreds of thousands of dollars for just one data breach. Considering that seven out of ten restaurants are independent according to the National Restaurant Association, no business is immune.

It’s tough for anyone trying to maintain a cyber secure environment to conduct business. Worse yet, you could have a system in place, not pay attention to it and face the types of unfathomable financial fallout like Target. (The chain spent $61 million batting clean up in the first 90 days.) Bloomberg Business reports that analysts estimate the retailer’s post-breach costs could “run into the billions”.

Unfortunately, P.F. Chang’s 33-location-breach of consumer credit data may be the tip of the iceberg. Here are five articles you may find helpful on the subject:

How To Prevent Target-like Data Breaches -Fierce Retail IT

Restaurants: How To Fight Back Against Data Thieves -QSR Magazine

Protect Customer’s Information from Security Breaches -Pizza Today

Top Mobile Security Tips -Telegraph

Protect Your Network From Hackers -National Restaurant Association

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