Benefits of Red Meat for a Balanced Diet
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).
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.
The content of the ‘Nutrients in Beef’ guide is based on scientifically substantiated, EU regulated, nutrition and health claims.