Beef can provide us with the essential nutrients required for a healthy lifestyle. Thanks to Australia’s unique climate and flourishing cattle industry, beef is accessible, affordable and of high quality. It is recommended that we consume red meat three to four times a week to meet our iron needs.
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Lean beef trimmed of visible fat earns the Heart Foundation Tick of Approval
Beef contains nine essential nutrients: 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)
Red meat has been labelled as one of the best dietary sources of iron and zinc in the Australian diet
Some myths about red meat
As answered by Meat & Livestock Australia
Do we eat too much red meat?
The latest nutrition surveys conducted in adults in 1995 and children in 2007 show that mean intake is 88g/day for men and 45g for women (cooked meat) and 40g for boys and 29g for girls.
In fact, many women and girls are not eating enough red meat and studies suggest that low red meat intake is associated with lower iron and zinc levels, particularly in toddlers and young women. About one-third of women have iron deficiency.
Is red meat high in fat?
In Australia, most people eat their meat trimmed of fat, so that means it has less than 4% saturated fat. In the latest 2007 Children’s survey red meat alone contributed to 4% of total energy intake and 6% of total fat intake.
Does red meat cause cancer, diabetes, obesity or high cholesterol?
Because people eat red meat in many different ways, it is important to consider the risk of diseases and medical conditions in the context of the total diet and lifestyle.
Australians tend to eat their red meat as fresh beef and lamb, trimmed of fat and with vegetables.
There is evidence that eating trimmed red meat three to four times a week as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, which includes regular physical activity, is effective in managing and even reducing risk factors for type 2 diabetes, including obesity, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose. The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet is an example of a healthy red meat diet shown to be successful in achieving weight loss.