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Dieticians need to remind patients of healthy meat consumption levels

Monday 3rd October 2016
Dieticians should remind their patients of how much meat is healthy for them to eat per day, according to a new report. Image: Pavlo_K via iStock
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Dieticians need to do their bit to remind patients of how much meat is healthy for them to consume each day, in light of new research that shows many Brits are regularly eating unhealthy quantities.

The results of the third annual BBC Good Food Nation Survey reveal that almost half (49 per cent) of people in the UK don't believe that a meal is properly nutritious unless it includes meat, with the average person having just six meat-free days per month.

This is despite guidelines from the Department of Health recommending that people do not eat any more than 70 grams of meat each day, which is equivalent to just one lamb chop or two and a half rashers of bacon. To put this into perspective, just one 8 oz beef steak comes in at 163 grams.

However, 52 per cent of survey respondents said they were unaware of this recommendation, highlighting that dieticians need to be making the public aware of how eating too much red meat could adversely impact their health.

Overconsumption of meat was found to be still taking place even though the majority of people are unhappy with its quality, with over three-quarters (78 per cent) of those questioned calling for a good butcher to return to their local high street.

Eating too much red meat such as beef, lamb, pork and game has been shown to increase a person's risk of contracting bowel cancer, and may also increase blood pressure and the chance of cardiovascular problems developing.

The survey results also showed that more people are now preparing their own meals from scratch at least once a week, with a ten per cent increase in comparison to last year and 15 per cent of respondents reporting that being able to access recipes online has encouraged them to cook more frequently.

In addition, 43 per cent of 21 to 34-year-olds said they had their smartphone on standby for extra help while cooking. Two-thirds (67 per cent) of all respondents admitted to using their laptop, mobile or tablet to help them prepare food healthily.

Overall, a traditional Sunday roast was found to be the nation's favourite meal, closely followed by curry and pizza. Pasta, and steak and chips completed the top five.

Written by Martin Lambert

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