Health and Nutrition

Naturally high in protein, B vitamins, zinc and iron, New Zealand red meat delivers a variety of essential dietary elements needed for healthy living:

  • It’s low in calories, fat and cholesterol. However, it does contain a small amount of fat necessary to absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. When trimmed, New Zealand lamb contains about 8% fat, New Zealand beef about 4%, and New Zealand venison about 5%. Half of this fat is mono-unsaturated – a type of fat thought to help lower blood cholesterol
  • It includes Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, in proportions thought to be beneficial to health and associated with a reduced incidence of heart disease
  • It’s high in zinc, essential for the structure and function of over 50 enzymes and available only in a few select foods
  • It’s a great daily source of iron, containing up to three times more than chicken or pork, and up to ten times more than white fish
  • All of the amino acids – the building blocks of protein – are present


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