Red meat on the conference menu for Dromore teachers

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Dromore High School staff were among more than 100 home economics teachers from schools across Northern Ireland to attend a conference proclaiming the benefits of red meat in a teenage diet.

The half-day event is organised annually by the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland in conjunction with Meat and Education, a body which supports food education.

Keynote speaker this year, TV nutritionist, health writer and dietitian Dr Carrie Ruxton, addressed delegates on the topic: can nutrients in red meat benefit secondary school children?

LMC’s Industry Development Manager, Colin Smith said:“Red meat has a vital role to play in delivering key nutrients such as iron, protein, zinc and B vitamins to secondary school children. It was quite shocking to hear that 40% of girls surveyed as part of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey in 2014 had low iron intake levels.

“Dr Ruxton clearly demonstrated the importance of lean red meat for learning and sports performance with red meat providing almost a fifth of daily protein intakes in young people.

“NDNS data has shown that there is room for improvement in the diet of many secondary school children and fresh lean cuts of beef and lamb can certainly be part of the solution.”

The new Eatwell Guide was explained by the FSA’s Joanne Casey. British Nutrition Foundation, Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment and LMC representatives also spoke.