Nutrition reports welcomed by Welsh meat leaders

Welsh meat bosses have hailed reports into the consumption of red meat for highlighting its important role in a healthy balanced diet.

Hyby Cig Cymru said both the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) and the report by the British Nutritonal Foundation, discussed the role of red meat in the diet.

Elwen Roberts, consumer executive with Welsh red meat promotion agency Hybu Cig Cymru, said “Getting the balance right is the most important thing to consider when deciding what to eat.

“A healthy balanced diet containing lean red meat with vegetables, carbohydrates, dairy and small amounts of fats and sugars, is essential for getting all the right nutrients for your body.”

HCC pointed out the SACN report found that iron, essential for helping transport oxygen in the blood, is absorbed by our bodies more efficiently from sources of haem iron, which is only found in meat.

Meanwhile, the BNF research said red meat was an important source of zinc (essential for growth and healing wounds), B vitamins (which help to produce blood cells, release energy and create healthy skin and muscles), vitamin D (bone growth), selenium (an antioxidant) and of course protein, which is essential for energy and the growth, repair and maintenance of the body.

Dr Christian Jessen, presenter of TV shows including Embarrassing Bodies and Supersize vs. Superskinny, has also come out in support of red meat as part of a balanced diet and said that the way in which the research focuses on a single food or issue is flawed.

Writing in the Evening Standard this week, he said “We need red meat, we evolved to eat it, and women in particular benefit from including it in their diets.

“Taking a single food group in isolation and reporting on its benefits or deficiencies is nonsensical. Foods work together, in combination, to provide their benefits.”