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Red meat in a healthy diet

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Have you ever wondered what the health benefits of red meat are? Along with fats and carbohydrates, protein is one of the three core macronutrients that our bodies need. We could survive without carbohydrates, but fat and protein are crucial for survival.

Health benefits

In Western diets, meat is an important source of protein, essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins. Nutrients in red meat are vital for children in their first three years of life.

We know that red meat is full of iron, zinc and protein – but there’s so much more to it than that. For example, it’s also a source of a number of minerals and B vitamins, can help control appetite and contains long-chain omega-3 fats and carnosine, which are linked to brain health,” says Veronique Droulez, MLA’s Senior Manager – Health and Nutrition.  

Red meat and animal derived foods are the only sources of vitamin B12, an essential nutrient for blood formation and the functioning of the brain and nervous system. Zinc is important for body growth and maintenance, and iron from red meat is absorbed very efficiently and can help to prevent anemia.

In Australia, cattle and sheep are predominantly grass-fed, with grass-fed meat accounting for approximately two-thirds of the overall beef and sheep meat production. Ruminants convert the alpha-linolenic acid found in grasses into long chain omega-3 fatty acids and levels found in Australian beef and lamb are largely determined by the quality of the pasture.

MLA has partnered with the Australian Olympic Team to power them through the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Eating well is needed more than ever for athletes who compete to extreme physical and mental levels. Red meat is known to improve exercise performance and reduce fatigue, ensuring athletes stay on top of their game.

A balanced approach

As with all foods, the most important thing is balance. Different food groups work best when consumed together in moderation as part of a healthy diet.

Australian farmers provide top-quality beef, with superior quality and nutritional properties ready for export to meet the discerning tastes of EU consumers.

For tips on healthy eating and how you can make red meat a part of a healthy diet, check out our Healthy Meals nutrition hub, and Australian Beef and Australian Lamb for wholesome recipes.


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