About meat and health

MLA invests in nutrition research which informs nutrition education on healthy eating for people who choose to eat meat. This section compares dietary recommendations with meat consumption in Australia and provides snapshots of current knowledge on the role of meat in health.

How much meat is recommended?
The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend 455g per week of cooked lean red meat. Age and gender-specific red meat recommendations are provided and the evidence underpinning the recommendations explained.
Consumption vs recommended
According to the latest nutrition survey, women and children are not meeting the recommended 65g/day of red meat, whereas men are slightly above. Portion sizes for putting recommendations into practice provided.
Meat and cancer
Evaluation of available evidence against criteria for establishing causality suggests causal link between red meat and cancer unlikely.