What would happen if the world converted to veganism?

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Well-balanced vegan diets can provide the nutrients the body needs to be healthy. However, animal-derived foods contribute to intakes of vitamin B12, iron and zinc in our UK diet. So, if they are avoided it’s important to ensure that these nutrients are provided by other dietary sources, such as supplements or fortified foods. We need […]

Is red meat only important to help with your iron intake?

Red meat is a good source of iron and it is in a form that our bodies can easily absorb. Iron supports the formation of red blood cells, normal immune function and contributes to normal cognitive function. Currently, a quarter of females aged 19 to 64 years in the UK have average iron intakes below […]

Is red meat high in fat?

Red meat is a source of protein, iron, vitamin B12, and zinc, making it a nutritious food. Nowadays, the fat and saturated fat content of some lean cuts of red meat is lower than we may think. UK composition data shows that the average fat content of lean lamb is 8%, while lean beef is […]

Is switching towards a more plant-based diet healthier for you?

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Well-balanced plant-based diets can provide the nutrients the body needs to be healthy. There is some evidence that dietary patterns that include plenty of plant-based foods (but don’t necessarily exclude meat/animal foods) have health benefits. A plant-based diet is typically high in fruit and vegetables, wholegrains and dietary fibre while, being low in saturated fat […]

What are your views on veganism as a diet?

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Choosing to exclude all animal products is a personal choice – it is not vital for good health. The majority of people in the UK include animal products such as red meat and dairy, and these can be part of a healthy, balanced diet. We get a significant proportion of nutrients such as iron and […]

Is red meat a cancer risk?

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Red meat and cancer risk You may have seen conflicting headlines in the media with regards red meat and cancer risk. In this blog we look at the evidence and ask what can it tell us. What do the experts say about red meat and cancer risk? Comprehensive reviews of the evidence with regards cancer […]

How much red meat can you eat to remain within government guidelines?

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Table 1. Average weights of commonly consumed meats Type of meat Cooked weight (g) Raw weight (g) How to measure Lean beef mince a 100 125 About a quarter of a 500g pack size – use the size of pack as a guide Beef burger a 80-100 (grilled) 120-150 Ready portioned Lean rump steak a […]

What is red meat?

Although the term red meat may describe a familiar category of food, there currently isn’t a consistently agreed definition of what types of meat fall within this category. It may be more obvious that meat like beef and lamb are red meat but what about other types of meat like pork, veal, venison and goat? […]

Is red meat bad for you, or is red meat healthy?

Can red meat be part of a healthy diet? Red meat has had considerable attention in the media in recent years, and its effect on health and the environment can be controversial. There has been a growing interest in more plant-based diets for health and sustainability but there is also awareness of the nutritional value […]