Nutrition & Health

Nutrition & Health

Meat is an Important Part of a Healthy Balanced Nutritious Diet

Meat has been a part of the human diet since time immemorial. Meat drying and preservation have supported human survival on many continents for thousands of years. Often the centre of plate focus of a meal, meat has long been a delicious, healthy, high quality and well regarded source of protein, minerals and vitamins by people and civilizations around the world.

Canada's Food Guide, released in 2006, recognizes the value of meat in the diet. It recommends 1 to 3 servings of meat and alternatives per day (75 grams per serving). Meat, combined with the recommended daily minimum servings of vegetables and fruit, is an essential part of our diet. The World Health Organization recognizes meat as an important component of a balanced diet.

Canadian meat is lean and nutritious. Several cuts of beef and pork meet the criteria of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada's Health CheckTM program. Meat is nutrient rich with 14 essential nutrients making it an important part of a balanced diet. Meat is an excellent source of protein, zinc, vitamin B12 and selenium. The Atkins and South Beach Diets both focus on meat consumption as a critical component of weight loss and control.