Australian Red Meat    

What are the nutritional benefits of Australian red meat?

  • Australian red meat provides 12 essential nutrients important for good health:
    • Good source of protein, iron, zinc and vitamin B12
    • Source of omega-3, selenium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins B2, B3, B5 and B6
  • Australian red meat is an important source of high-quality protein.
    • An average serving (150g raw weight) provides 33g protein and essential amino acids important for muscle health.
  • The amount of bioavailable iron and zinc in Australian red meat is higher than other protein foods, making it easier to achieve an adequate intake of these important nutrients to support wellbeing.
  • Australian red meat is a source of omega-3.
    • Ruminant animals convert alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) in grasses into long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.
    • The natural seasonal variability of the ALA content of grass explains differences in the omega-3 content rather than the number of days finished on grain.
  • Within the context of Australia's predominantly grass-fed production system, the influence of breed, feeding regime and region of production on the nutrient content of Australian red meat is small.

To find out more, see Nutritional benefits of Australian red meat