A new analysis of the data from Statistics Canada shows that Canadians consume a moderate amount of meat. On average, Canadians consume 41 grams of cooked fresh meat, such as beef, pork, lamb and veal, per day, about half the size of the palm of your hand. They also consume cooked poultry meat and cook red meat in modest quantities: 28 grams per day, which is approximately two slices of deli or ham.

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Canadians eat red and prepared meat

“Canadians eat red and prepared meat as part of Canada’s food recommendations and are well informed about the essential nutrients that meat provides,” says Chris White, president of the Canadian Meat Council. “Many will be surprised to learn that meat consumption in Canada is similar to consumption in Mediterranean countries, where diets are widely recognized as the healthiest in the world,” he added.

Additional statistics from Canada The data collected during the 24-hour dietary reviews indicate that Canadians consume less than one food guide that serves red meat and meat / poultry ready to eat per day. The Ipsos survey, conducted in September 2017 with 1,000 Canadians, complements these results. According to the survey, 72% of respondents reported eating three or fewer servings of meat a week. It is encouraging that 3 out of 4 respondents understand the important role that red meat plays in obtaining the nutrients needed for health.

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“Canadians understand that meat is nutritionally dense and plays a key role in balanced diets and even has advantages when added to diets that are mainly plant-based, helping the body absorb nutrients such as iron and zinc,” said Mary. Ann. Binney, an expert from the Canadian Meat Council.

Health Canada notes that women are at risk of inadequate intake of iron, zinc and vitamin B12: the necessary nutrients found in red meat. An analysis of Statistics Canada shows that a significant number of women consume less than the recommended amount of meat portions and alternatives.

“I encourage Canadians to prepare whole foods, naturally rich in nutrients, and eat together as often as possible.” For a healthy dish, fill it with half the vegetables and fruits, a quarter of the protein and a quarter of grains. a week, a goal for a great variety too, “says Carol Harrison, the registered nutritionist in Canada and founder of the Yummy Lunch Club.

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The Ipsos online survey of 1,003 Canadians was conducted from September 8 to 11, 2017 on behalf of the Canadian Meat Council. A weighted example to reflect the census data. The survey is considered accurate with an accuracy of +/- 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

About the Canadian Meat Council: For nearly a century, CMC has represented meat packers, meat processors and registered equipment suppliers at the federal level in Canada, and has also defended its interests on behalf of its members. CMC is working to ensure and improve the competitiveness of the Canadian meat industry and to promote a balanced diet that includes high quality and nutritious Canadian meat.