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Children's Red Meat Intake

Project start date: 01 June 2008
Project end date: 15 May 2009
Publication date: 01 December 2011
Project status: Completed
Livestock species: Sheep, Goat, Lamb, Grassfed cattle, Grainfed cattle
Relevant regions: National
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National nutrition surveys provide the most accurate information about meat consumption. This information is required to inform nutrition and food policy, including dietary guidelines about the role of Australian beef and lamb in a healthy diet.
Purpose and description
To determine eating patterns associated with beef and lamb consumption in Australian children using data collected in the National Children's Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey (2007). CSIRO were commissioned to conduct the analyses using methodology consistent with previous analyses of surveys (1) and further analyses by Flinders University were conducted to better understand dietary patterns in girls reducing red meat intake at 13 years.  Analyses of the Australian Health Survey by University of Sydney will update evidence on meat consumption in the Australian diet and use nutrition geometry to investigate the relationship between meal composition and energy intake.
(1) Baghurst K, Record S and Leppard P. Red meat consumption in Australia: intakes, nutrient contribution and changes over time. Nutrition and Dietetics 2000; 4:1032-1322
To determine beef and lamb consumption relative to other meats and fish in the Australian diet to inform dietary guidelines and nutrition education communications.To describe eating patterns associated with red meat consumption in girls aged 9 to 16 years.To inform recipe development by determining the optimal macronutrient composition of a meal relative to energy intake.  
1.       Citations:Bowen J, Baird D, Syrette J, Noakes M, Baghurst K. Consumption of beef/veal/lamb in Australian children: Intake, nutrient contribution and comparison with other meat, poultry and fish categories. Nutrition & Dietetics. 2012;69:1-16 JA., Scott J, Cobiac, L. Cluster analysis and food group consumption in a national sample of Australian girls. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics 2012;25(1):75-86. JA, Scott J, Cobiac L. Dietary patterns and breast-feeding in Australian children. Public Health Nutrition 2011;14(11):1939-47. P, Meyer B, Record S, Baghurst K. Dietary intake of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids: contribution of meat sources. Nutrition  2006; 22(1):47-53.
2.       Submission during review of Australian Dietary Guidelines

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Project manager: Veronique Droulez
Primary researcher: CSIRO Human Nutrition