Red meat in a healthy diet


More than nine out of ten people in the UK eat meat, making it one of our key foods. Health experts recognise the important role of red meat within a healthy, balanced diet but we still see negative headlines in the media.

So, what are the facts about meat and how much should we be eating?

Eatwell: eat meat

The Eatwell Plate is the UK’s official model of a balanced diet with different sections for various types of foods. Red meat sits within the “Meat, fish, eggs and beans” section which should make up 12% of our daily food by weight. Red meat is defined as beef, veal, pork and lamb, which is fresh, minced or frozen.