There’s no shortage of misleading, negative information about beef floating around the Internet these days, so when positive articles appear in the general media, we like to give them some attention. Over the weekend, I came across two such articles, presenting balanced information about the role of beef in a healthy diet.

One Yahoo Health article by Lisa Collier Cool was titled “Muscle-building food men need.” The article refers to research published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, showing middle-aged men who regularly eat six-ounce servings of 85 percent lean ground beef retain more muscle mass than those eating the USDA-recommended three-ounce serving.

The article goes on to note methodology problems with some studies that have indicated health risks from eating beef, and cites a 2012 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in which participants lowered their “bad” cholesterol by 10 percent while eating four to five-and-a-half ounces of lean beef per day.