Including meat and poultry in a balanced diet helps optimize the body's ability to absorb nutrients from all foods, according a new dietician authored brochure recently released by the American Meat Institute Foundation.
"Scientific research affirms that meat and poultry are packaged with essential and highly absorbable nutrients and can play a vital role in a healthy diet. Meat and poultry, eaten in combination with other foods, also can optimize the nutrition that people derive from their balanced diets," the Institute's brochure says.
The brochure is authored by Cheryl Toner, M.S., R.D.N.
Per serving, the brochure says, meat and poultry provide more protein than eggs, beans, cereals vegetables or nuts and is critical for developing and preparing muscles, promoting growth in children and preventing muscle loss in aging people.
Meat also helps the body absorb more nutrients from vegetables. The brochure says emerging research suggests that about two ounces of meat or poultry may improve iron absorption from a meal by about 45%.
A convenient grid displays the average content of Choline, Niacin, Riboflavin, Thiamin, B vitamins, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium and Zinc in beef, chicken, lamb, pork and turkey and indicates which are good sources (greater than 10% of recommended daily value) and which are excellent sources (greater than 20% of daily value) of these nutrients.
Download the free brochure at www.AMIF.org.