Red meats: time for a paradigm shift in dietary advice

La ricerca suggerisce che è ora che i consigli dietetici inseriscano la carne rossa non trasformata come parte di una dieta sana ed equilibrata.

Meat Sci. 2014 Nov;98(3):445-51. doi: 10.1016/j.meatsci.2014.06.024. Epub 2014 Jul 10.

Red meats: time for a paradigm shift in dietary advice.

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  • 1Canadian Pork Council, 1962 Faircloth Road, London, Ontario N6G 5J3, Canada. Electronic address:
  • 2Canada Beef Inc., 2000 Argentia Road, Mississauga, Ontario L5N 1W1, Canada.
  • 3Nutrition Wise Communications, 1 Palace Pier Court, Suite 605, Toronto, Ontario M8V 3W9, Canada.
  • 446 Wembley Drive, Toronto, Ontario M4L 3E1, Canada.


Recent evidence suggests dietary advice to limit red meat is unnecessarily restrictive and may have unintended health consequences. As nutrient-rich high quality protein foods, red meats can play an important role in helping people meet their essential nutrient needs. Yet dietary advice to limit red meat remains standard in many developed countries, even though red meat intakes appear to be within current guidelines. Meanwhile, energy intakes from processed foods have increased dramatically at the expense of nutrient-rich foods, such as red meat. Research suggests these food trends are associated with the growing burden of obesity and associated diseases in recent decades. It is time for dietary advice that emphasizes the value of unprocessed red meat as part of a healthy balanced diet.

Copyright © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.


Cardiovascular health; Dietary recommendations; Nutrition; Obesity; Protein; Red meat

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