Theme 6: Nutrition
Phase II continues the work from Phase I to investigate the role of unprocessed beef and lamb in the current diets of the Irish population aged 5 to ~90 years (using food consumption data from three new nationally representative dietary surveys 2020-2022) and compare to the MTI-generated estimates covering the period 2003-2010. Utilising the findings from Phase I the project aims to develop and test practical strategies focussed on incorporating fresh meat into the diets of young children. The project will examine the amino acid kinetics of various sources of red meat compared to commercially-available protein alternatives and compare the amino acid kinetics and anabolic potential of various sources of red meat in males versus females. The researchers also aim to apply a Lead User Method-style approach within a cohort of recreationally active young adults to gain an understanding of the practises, perceived priorities and product preferences of these individuals in terms of the use of fresh beef as a part of a food-first option to high-quality protein supply.