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4 Things You Should Know About Red Meat

1. Lean red meat is important as part of a healthy balanced diet.

Red meat, including beef, lamb and pork, is extremely nutrient rich.. Meat is a great source of nutrient rich protein.. Meat is a major source of protein. It is also an important source of B vitamins; vitamins which are not found naturally in foods of plant origin. Meat also contributes minerals and trace elements to the diet, particularly iron and zinc.

2. The average fat content of red meat is less than 8%

Fully trimmed lean raw beef typically contains only 5% fat, fully trimmed lean raw pork only 4% fat and fully trimmed lean raw lamb only 8% fat. This compares favourably to a food such as cheddar cheese which is has a much greater fat content, averaging about 30%.

3. Fat content has decreased significantly over the past 20 years

Over the last 20 years the average fat content of lean red meat has decreased substantially due to modern breeding and feeding programmes, and new methods of butchery which remove a high percentage of visible fat.

For example, the average pork chop purchased in the 1950’s would have had a fat content of about 30% (untrimmed). Today, the fat content of lean pork can be as little as 4%.

4. Not all the fat in red meat saturated

Contrary to popular belief, not all the fat in lean red meat is saturated. About half is unsaturated (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated), with meat being one of the major sources of monounsaturated fat in the diet. Meat is also a source of the essential fatty acids, linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid.

For more information about Red Meat and great healthy meat recipes, visit MeatandHealth.com dedicated to providing everything you want to know about enjoying a healthy balanced living.

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