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Red meat in the diet: an update



This article is corrected by:

  1. Errata: Erratum Volume 36, Issue 2, 287, Article first published online: 12 May 2011

Dr Laura Wyness, Senior Nutrition Scientist, British Nutrition Foundation, High Holborn House, 52-54 High Holborn, London WC1V 6RQ, UK. E-mail:


This paper provides an update of a previous review ‘Red Meat in the Diet’ published in the Nutrition Bulletin in 2005. An update on red meat consumption levels in the UK and other countries is provided, and a summary of the nutritional content of red meat in the diet is given. Current evidence on dietary and lifestyle factors associated with red meat consumption and the effects of red meat intake on health and chronic disease outcomes are discussed. As there is now continued debate about the environmental impact of different aspects of our diet, sustainability issues regarding red meat were also discussed.