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Frequently Asked Questions


What's so good about red meat?
Lean red meat is an important part of a healthy balanced diet.  Red meat contains many essential nutrients needed for optimum health, including iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and long chain omega-3s.  The Australian dietary guidelines recommend we eat lean red meat 3-4 times per week.  For women each serving of lean red meat should be approximately 100g and for men 125g of lean red meat (source: Australian Guide to Healthy Eating, Department of Health and Aging, www.health.gov.au and Dietary Guidelines for Australian Adults, National Health and Medical Research Council, http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/PUBLICATIONS/synopses/_files/n33.pdf).  Two lamb chops or 2-3 slices of roast beef equals approximately 100g.

A recent Australian report into red meat  indicates that lean red meat is an excellent source of many important nutrients, including iron, zinc, vitamin B12, and protein as well as being a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B6 (source: The Role of Red Meat in Healthy Australian Diets in Nutrition & Dietetics, September 2007, Vol 6, Issue s4).

An increasing awareness of nutrition and the effect of food on general health and wellbeing has led to a need for foods which are rich in important nutrients, have undergone minimal processing, are lower in fat and easy to prepare.  Lean red meat fits all these requirements.

A 100g serve of lean red meat can contribute significant proportions of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of many nutrients, including up to (depending on the type of red meat):
  • two thirds of the RDI of vitamin B12;
  • 25% or the RDI of riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B6;
  • one quarter of the RDI of iron and zinc (from beef and lamb).

A 2005 analysis in the USA also indicated that eating beef helps people achieve daily nutrient requirements (source: Don’t miss out on the benefits of naturally nutrient-rich lean beef, National Cattlemen’s Association, www.beef.org).  The study found that people that ate beef were:
  • 11% more likely to meet nutrient requirements for protein than non-beef eaters;
  • 24% more likely to meet nutrient requirements for vitamin B12 than non-beef eaters.  Vitamin B12 is an important nutrient for the nervous system and for heart health;
  • 13% more likely to meet nutrient requirements for iron than non-beef eaters (the iron contained in beef is haem-iron which well absorbed by the human body, in contrast to non-haem iron found in other sources).  Iron is important for the transportation of oxygen around the body, the production of energy and for brain development; and
  • 26% more likely to meet nutrient requirements for zinc than non-beef eaters.  Zinc is an important nutrient for the immune system.

About Oakdale

oakdale meat co logo new1Oakdale Meat Company offers an extensive range of premium beef products to retail, food service, and the wholesale domestic market. Cattle are sourced from all parts of Victoria and some parts of New South Wales. Oakdale Meat Company's growth stems from our commitment to ensuring the quality and consistency of all Oakdale products.

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