RP5: Meat and Health
Irish national nutrition surveys have shown there are high proportions of individuals, across all age groups, with inadequate intakes of key micronutrients (iron, zinc, vitamins A, D and B12). Lean red meat is rich in these critical micronutrients. The MTI research plan will undertake an investigation to highlight the nutritional and health benefits of Irish beef and lamb for Irish children and adults. This will provide the scientific evidence to enable formulation of accurate, truthful and positive messages about the role of meat in the health of the population throughout life. The MTI will provide evidence on whether meat can provide significant amounts of vitamin D to Irish individuals and whether increased meat consumption can off-set age-related muscle loss (sarcopenia) in older adults.