13:13 01 March 2011
A new review has revealed the health benefits of red meat and announced that there is "no evidence" that eating lean red meat in moderation has a negative effect on health.
The review shows that a moderate intake of lean red meat makes a significant positive contribution to both micronutrient and macronutrient intakes, without risking any negative health effects. The review concludes that the relationship between red meat and health is a positive one.
The new research, published in the March issue of the British Nutrition Foundations (BNF) Nutrition Bulletin, also found that most people in the UK population eat moderate amounts of red meat.
The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition is expected to make a recommendation this week that those consuming large amounts of red meat (more than 70g per day) should consider a reduction. However, official consumption figures show that for most people, no action is required as intakes are below this level.
There has been a decrease in the consumption of red meat within the last 30 years and consumption in the UK is less than many other European countries including Spain, Italy, France, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Dr Carrie Ruxton, member of the Meat Advisory Panel (MAP), a new, independent panel providing objective information about the role of meat in our diet, says:
"This review highlights thateating red meat in moderation is an important part of a healthy balanced diet. It also lays to rest many of the misconceptions about meat and health.
"Lean red meat is a good source of many vital nutrients and, thanks to modern farming methods, is lower than ever in saturated fat and calories, making it suitable for all the family.
"Given that current intakes, on average, are well within health targets, there is no reason to eat less red meat if you enjoy it.
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