Red meat contains protein and important micronutrients, all of which are essential for good health throughout our lives.
Most healthy balanced diets will include lean meat in moderate amounts, together with starchy carbohydrates (including wholegrain foods), plenty of fruit and vegetables, and moderate amounts of milk and dairy foods.
Red meat contains a variety of vitamins, including a range of B vitamins, particularly vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6 and vitamin B12. As vitamin B12 is only found naturally in foods of animal origin, people who do not consume meat or other animal products may have inadequate intakes. Pork is also a rich source of vitamin B1 (thiamin), which supports normal energy-yielding metabolism and normal heart function.
Use these guides below to educate your clients about meat and health. The guides have been written in a consumer-friendly language to help your clients understand the positive contribution lean red meat can make to their diet. The content of the guides are based on scientifically substantiated, EU regulated, nutrition and health claims.
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