Red meat isn’t just delicious – it’s also full of vitamins and minerals and a range of other health benefits. Here are just two of the major health benefits of red meat:
Prevents Iron Deficiency
According to the World Health Organisation, 2 billion people worldwide suffer from iron deficiency anaemia.
There are two types of iron that come from food: heme and non-heme iron. Heme-iron, the most bioavailable form, is found exclusively in meat and other animal products. Non-heme iron is found in plant foods like fruit, vegetables and nuts, and is considered harder to absorb than heme iron.
One of the main health benefits of beef is that it contains a substantial amount of heme-iron. This means eating red meat regularly can help people to prevent iron deficiency. Want to find out more? Check out our previous post could you be iron deficient?
Full of Essential Nutrients
Beef contains nine essential nutrients. In fact, it’s been labelled as one of the best dietary sources of iron and zinc in the Australian diet. These nutrients include protein (for growth and development), omega-3s (to support brain function), iron (carries oxygen throughout the body), zinc (for the immune system), vitamin B12 (aids the nervous system), B group vitamins (vitamin B6, niacin, riboflavin) and phosphorus (helps produce energy from food).
You can read more about the health benefits of red meat at Beef Central. You can also check out our previous health-related posts:
- Animal vs Plant Protein
- Can Eating Red Meat and Losing Weight Go Hand in Hand?
- The Nutrition of Aussie Beef
For those who are conscious about their health, we recommend eating our Grasslands Beef as part of a balanced diet!