Share the facts about red meat and health

You may have seen claims that red meat is bad for your health. However, we believe it can play an important role in a healthy, balanced diet. To help you share that message, we've put together a number of fact-based tools to help highlight the positive, nutritional benefits of red meat.

Red meat: The good stuff

  • Naturally rich in protein and low in salt (sodium), lean red meat - in the right proportions - can play an important role in a healthy, balanced diet. 

  • Meat is bought by 99.2% of UK households. 91% of UK households buy red meat (Kantar Worldpanel, 52 w/e 21 April 19).

  • Lean beef, lamb and pork provide a range of vitamins & minerals that contribute to good health. These nutrients that can be more difficult to get from a plant-based diet, such as iron, high-quality protein and vitamin B12.

What about the environment?

We're all concerned about climate change and our impact on the environment. Which is why it's important to share factually correct information about sustainability and how livestock farming actually helps manage the countryside.

We've put together more useful messages and resources to help you take part in those conversations.

Red meat and the environment

Nutrition and health claims guides for lean beef, lamb and pork

Use these guides to understand how you can promote meat and health in consumer-friendly language. The information included is based on scientifically substantiated, EU regulated, nutrition and health claims.

Processed red meat in context

Find out about processed red meat and the role it plays alongside fresh red meat in the diet. The document is updated regularly as research evolves.

View the document here

How much red meat should we eat?

Not sure how much red meat is too much? Our video features a handy portion size guide for red meat to clear up any confusion. There are also tips on how to include nutrient-rich meat in a healthy, balanced diet.

Red meat and health images

Help share the positive red meat message on social media. Choose the image you like, click the download link and then right-click to save the image to your computer.