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A little meat can add important vitamins and minerals to your diet

If you’re one of the many people who enjoys meat, you may be pleased to hear that meat is more than a source of protein. It also provides iron, zinc, vitamin B12, and essential fatty acids. And, of course, lean red meat stands out as a good source of iron.

Eating protein-rich, low-fat foods, like lean meat, can help with weight management. This may be a benefit for many people with osteoarthritis, as a healthy weight can help reduce pressure on joints.

In the Australian Dietary Guidelines, lean meat is found alongside other foods high in protein (such as fish, eggs, legumes and tofu) with the recommendation that adults eat 2-3 serves of protein-rich foods every day. Processed meats are not included as a recommended protein source, as they can be high in added salt and saturated fat.

Examples of a standard serve of meat and poultry:

  • 65 g cooked lean red meats
  • 2 slices of roast meat
  • 80 g cooked poultry e.g. chicken, turkey

To reduce intake of fat, the Heart Foundation recommends that meat should be trimmed of all visible fat and chicken have its skin removed.

It seems that Australians have embraced the dietary guidelines on meat consumption and are generally choosing the leaner cuts of meat. This is good news as Australians have long loved meat and besides being nutritious, it can be flavoursome and delicious.

Why not try this recipe for Beef Stir Fry with Cashews?