Red Meat & Nutrition
Meat has played an important role in our evolution and we choose to eat meat for optimum nutrition, enjoyment, ease and convenience.
Red meat can be described as nutrient dense – as it’s packed with many essential vitamins and minerals that help boost good health and wellbeing.
Red meat can form part of a healthy diet. It is a good source of protein and provides essential vitamins and minerals, such as iron and zinc. To have a healthy, balanced diet, people should try to eat some protein-rich foods (such as lean red meat, fish or pulses) as well as base meals on starchy carbohydrates (particularly wholegrain or higher-fibre varieties), eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, have some lower fat dairy foods or dairy-alternatives, and choose unsaturated rather than saturated oils and spreads (small amounts).
Browse the resources below to discover the nutrients found in red meat.
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Red meat contains many minerals essential for the body to function properly. Discover them all...
Meat, fish and animal-derived foods, such as milk, are the only foods that naturally provide vitamin B12.
To reduce intake of saturated fatty acids, selecting lean cuts of meat is important to our wellbeing.
Red meat contains many essential minerals. Discover the differences and the effects they have on our bodies.
Lean red meat supplies the essential amino acids required for growth and maintenance. The leaner the meat, after cooking, the more concentrated the source of protein (i.e. the more protein it contains by weight).
Beef and lamb are good sources of zinc, which is needed for the growth of body cells and so much more.