Beyond Meat announces The American Heart Association‘s Heart-Check Program has now certified Beyond Steak as the first steak and plant-based meat.
With the addition of the organization’s well-known Heart-Check seal, consumers will be able to more easily identify healthier foods when reading nutrition labels on products.
According to Beyond, its steak is one of a small number of foods that satisfy the Association’s strict nutritional requirements for a heart-healthy food, which include being low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, and sodium and having more than 10% of the Daily Value of important nutrients.
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Each serving of Beyond Steak, which is marketed as a healthier and portion-controlled product, contains 170 calories, 1 gram of saturated fat, 21 grams of protein, and no cholesterol, GMOs, added hormones, or antibiotics. Beyond notes that the product is made with healthy ingredients and has been certified by the Heart-Check program after a “rigorous” review procedure.
Beyond has collaborated with other organizations and researchers in addition to the American Heart Association to find out more about the health effects of switching from plant-based to animal-based meats.
In order to advance research on the relationship between plant-based meat and cancer prevention, the company entered into a multi-year agreement with the American Cancer Society last year. It also continues to fund ongoing studies at the Plant-Based Diet Initiative at Stanford University School of Medicine.
A 2020 study from Stanford University found that participants who switched from conventional meat to Beyond Meat products experienced “statistically significant” improvements in important health metrics, such as cardiovascular health.
“For nearly 100 years, the American Heart Association has been helping people live longer, healthier lives,” said Beyond Meat CEO Ethan Brown. “As part of that legacy, the Heart-Check Mark has become a gold standard in empowering consumers to make informed health decisions.”
He adds, “Like the American Heart Association, we want to be part of the solution by providing individuals access to resources on nutritious options that don’t compromise on taste or sustainability.
With this recognition, Beyond Steak becomes part of a group of certified and trusted foods that everyone can enjoy with the confidence that they are making a great decision for their health.”