If you already choose organic beef and lamb, you can rest assured you will benefit from a boost to your health, thanks to the nutritional advantages this farming method produces.
However, you may wonder just how much of this product you should really consume? This depends not only on if you are male or female, but also on your age. Here is a handy guide to serving sizes.
What are the recommended servings of red meat for children and adolescents?
The department of health lists red meat alongside poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds and legumes/beans, suggesting toddlers consume one serving from this food group every day until they are around three years old.
Once both boys and girls are between three to eight they should increase their intake to one-and-a-half. From age eight to 18, children and teens should eat two-and-a-half servings.
Do men require more red meat?
Once adulthood has been reached and up to age 50, men should be consuming three servings, although this drops back to two-and-a-half from age 50.
What is recommended for women?
Women who are not pregnant should stick to two-and-a-half servings of lean red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds and legumes or beans until around age 50. At this point they will need to reduce their intake of these food groups to two servings per day for maximum health benefits.
How much should you eat if you are pregnant or breastfeeding?
Expecting mothers require more red meat, as their needs are different. In fact, as a general rule they should increase their intake to three-and-a-half servings while pregnant and two-and-a-half while lactating.
Why choose organic, grass fed beef or lamb?
Lean grassfed beef or lamb is high in essential nutrients such as zinc, iron and B12 that are easily absorbed into the system. These are necessary for good health, no matter your age or sex, although children, adolescent girls, pregnant and menstruating women as well as endurance athletes may require more of these minerals.