Meal context key factor in consumption
The meal context is an important aspect of meat consumption as meats such as beef and lamb are typically consumed as a main meal between 6pm and 8pm in Australia. Meal choice determines portion size, ingredients and cooking methods and, consequently, influences the overall quality of the diet. A difference in accompanying ingredients by choice of meat has been reported, with more vegetables consumed with beef and lamb compared to chicken, pork and fish (see Table 1).
|Beef and lamb||Pork||Poultry||Fish|
|Vegetables (excl. potato)||98||36||66||65|
Bowen J, Baird D, Syrette J, Noakes M, Baghurst K. Consumption of beef/veal/lamb in Australian children: Intake, nutrient contribution and comparison with other meat, poultry and fish categories. Nutrition & Dietetics. 2012;69:1-16
Research sheds light on main meal choices
To gain a better understanding of main meal choices and associated behaviours, MLA commissioned a series of studies in nationally representative samples of Australian main meal preparers. The findings are surprising and provide useful insights for guiding development of nutrition education resources.
- MLA (2009) Last Night’s Dinner. Sydney: Meat and Livestock Australia. ISBN 9781741913583
- MLA (2011) Main Meal Repertoires. Sydney: Meat and Livestock Australia. ISBN 9781741915679
- MLA (2013) What’s Cooking. Sydney: Meat and Livestock Australia. ISBN 9781925045093