Meat – how much is enough?


We are forever hearing about meat in relation to heart disease and breast, bowel and prostate cancer are all linked to eating too much meat. But for those who skimp on animal protein, it may be hard to get enough of nutrients such as iron, iodine and vitamin B12. This is also in relation to the fats on meat and the type of meat you eat.

Most consumers are aware you need to purchase lean cuts and butchers are preparing these before they sell them. It is rare to see a steak that has a thick layer of fat around it or covering it. Producers are also raising better quality animals, feed lots provide grain which puts a fat layer over it but grass-fed, organic is better. We are raising grass-fed, where they roam free between paddocks eating naturally occurring grasses or Lucerne that we have planted.

Nutritionist Dr Rosemary Stanton tells us Red meat is strongly correlated with bowel cancer – but not in quantities of about 40 grams a day,” Bowel cancer is the most common cancer in Australia and is related to diet and lifestyle. Australians are among the biggest meat eaters in the world, with each of us consuming an average of 110 kilograms a year, according to the Victorian Department of Primary Industries. Based on current nutritional guidelines, this is about three times as much as recommended. Some of us may be consuming a whole week’s worth of meat in one sitting.One serving of meat should be 65 to 100 grams. Home and restaurant servings range from 150 grams, average being  300 grams and higher.

Cooking style is also important – steaming, baking, grilling or stir-frying is good; deep-frying and charring on a barbecue is not so healthy. Many studies that have found negative health effects from eating meat come from the US and Europe. But Australian meat is healthier, leaner and produced under better conditions, says FNA. (Food and Nutrition Australia)

“We have one of the most stringent set of food regulations in the world,”. Which is a high indication of the quality of meat one gets in Australia, whether you purchase from a super market or your local butcher or direct from a farmer, meat is affordable and provides great health benefits , but like everything eat meat in moderation and enjoy the taste of what you eat. No eating an Angus Burger does not count, from fast food chains, I am yet to have one that actually tastes like our Angus meat.

I have taken sections of a Body & Soul article – here is the link should you wish to read it,7227

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