Introduction
It is well-established that meat is rich in natural proteins containing components needed by our bodies, as well as crucial vitamins and minerals. There are five types of nutrients in different types of food: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins and minerals.
The first three are known as macronutrients. We consume larger amounts of macronutrients because they provide our body with energy and building blocks (basic elements). The last two are micronutrients and we consume smaller amounts of these. They have a rather regulatory function and are essential for our well-being.
The Food Pyramid
The food pyramid is a simple way of showing recommendations for what we should eat along with the quantity and frequency of each food type in order to achieve a balanced diet. It is based on nutritional and energetic needs.
Proteins (meat, fish, dairy and eggs), which are in the middle of the pyramid, are essential but in smaller quantities.
Our R&D team is aware that all of the meat products we produce can be part of a balanced diet if consumers follow recommended serving sizes and consumption frequencies.
The food pyramid is based on a broad scientific literature and shows the recommended food intake to maintain a balanced diet. These recommendations are aimed at the general public and they differ slightly during childhood and adulthood or if the consumer has special dietary restrictions because of health conditions.
How Meat Fits into a Healthy Diet
Meat can and should play a leading role in our diet because of its multiple benefits: It is full of protein that is easy for the body to assimilate. It contains high-quality nutrients, including many essential vitamins and minerals such as iron. One recommended portion - about 150 to 200 grams - contains enough protein to meet an adult’s daily protein requirement. In addition, meat is available in a wide variety of types and flavors.
Meat and other protein sources such as fish should be eaten three to four times a week. During childhood and adolescence or when strenuous activity is required, you should eat more protein. Contrary to the popular belief, meat is low in fat.
How to Read Food Labels
Smart food shopping starts with knowing how to read food labels. Beyond basics like ingredients and expiration dates, labels show us the food’s nutritional value so that we know whether it meets our needs.
That means paying attention to the tables or illustrations that contain numbers that show the amounts of energy (best known as calories), essential nutrients, fat, carbohydrates, protein, salt and any significant allergens/intolerances (lactose, gluten, dairy proteins and egg proteins, …). The nutrient amount contained will be shown as a percentage of the recommended daily amounts for a healthy adult based on international dietary guidelines.
A HEALTHY DIET FOR EACH LIFE STAGE
Our body needs energy, given by what we eat. In each life stage we have different needs,
and only by satisfying them we can grow up and live happy!

Click to open the recommendations for a healthy diet for the specific life stages.

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