How Healthy Is Red Meat

AUSTRALIA - The role of the Human Nutrition R&D program is to provide credible and sound nutrition evidence to support the essential role of Australian red meat in a healthy diet.
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Research funded by MLA contributes to key public health issues in Australia including the prevention of overweight/obesity, cardiovascular health, metabolic syndrome and diabetes, and cancer as well as the promotion of optimal growth, development and general well being of children, adolescents, adults and older Australians.

Producers fund MLA through levies collected when livestock is sold. This is supplemented by cooperative contributions from individual processors, wholesalers, food service operators and retailers. The Commonwealth Government contributes 50% of funds for research and development programs.

The role of red meat in healthy Australian diets

The report on The Role of Red Meat in Healthy Australian Diets is a comprehensive Australian review of the evidence relating to the role red meat plays in a healthy diet.

Written and reviewed by over 20 leading Australian public health and nutrition experts, the report has been published as a supplement to the September edition of Nutrition & Dietetics.

Supported by the Dietitians Association of Australia and the National Heart Foundation of Australia, the report reviews:

  • the key nutrients delivered by red meat
  • the role of red meat in meeting nutritional challenges during the life stages
  • the role of red meat in the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as obesity and cardiovascular disease
Download a summary of The role of red meat in healthy Australian diets (PDF, 176KB)

Download the full report - The role of red meat in healthy Australian diets (PDF, 2MB) Please note: this file is quite large and may take a while to download.


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