Red meat, which includes beef, lamb and pork, has a role to play in a healthy, balanced diet as it is a natural source of essential nutrients like protein, iron, zinc and B vitamins.

The government recommends eating around 70g (cooked weight) of red meat a day and the majority of people in the UK are well within this target.

No single food contains all the nutrients needed for good health, so the aim should be to include a wide variety of foods in the diet: balance is the key. Lean red meat can form part of a healthy balanced diet which contains plenty of fruit, vegetables and starchy foods such as wholemeal bread and wholegrain cereals; some protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, eggs and lentils; and some milk and dairy foods.