Lesson Four - To Health

The Role of Red Meat in a Healthy, Balanced Diet

This lesson focuses on the nutritional value of red meat (beef, lamb and pork) in our diet. Red meat is nutrient-rich and has a role to play in a healthy, balanced diet thanks to being a natural source of protein, iron, zinc and B vitamins. No single food contains all the nutrients needed for good health, so our aim should be to include a wide variety of food in our diet. 

Balance is the key. 

The purpose of this lesson is to enable students to:

  • Confidently explain the Eatwell Guide food groups in context
  • Consider the health benefits of red meat
  • Investigate the nutrients in different types of red meat
  • Investigate

    Looking at the composition of food and the concept of nutrients within the Eatwell Guide, discuss the different nutrient groups and their function in the body.

  • Research

    Using the Red Meat Nutrition Poster, complete the worksheet to discover which nutrients are in Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork.

  • Consolidate

    Work in groups to put knowledge of nutrients into real-life situations by looking at how health and diet are linked.

    Considering dietary targets and trends, discuss the impact on the food industry.

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