Red Meat

There are many essential nutrients in red meat, and they serve a wide variety of functions to make the body healthier. Vitamin A contributes to the development of healthy skin, bones and eyes, and it also makes the immune system stronger. Red meat also contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12, which collectively help the body perform many important functions, ranging from the production of energy to maintaining heart health. The iron in red meat can aid in the transportation of oxygen to various parts of the body, and zinc can promote healthy bones, teeth, skin, liver and immune system. Other nutrients that can be found in red meat include vitamins D and K, chromium, copper, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, selenium and n-3 fatty acids.

I have been reading a CSIRO fact sheet on eating red meat and you will find the link below if you are interested to read the full article.  What I have gleaned from reading is that the word ‘Lean’ is the key.

The fast facts are:

  • Red meat is an excellent source of protein and energy
  • Fatty acids – in lean meat – can help protect against heart disease
  • Reducing fats in the diet will lessen the risk of heart diseases

The article cover the topics below and lead to other Fact sheets.

  • Protein, fat and energy
  • Susceptibility to heart disease
  • Lean meat – consumption and production


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