Meat provides us with good quality protein but it is also a fantastic source of minerals. Minerals in meat include iron, selenium, magnesium and zinc. It is also a vital source of vitamin B12 and liver is rich in vitamin A.
Meat is also a source of saturated fat but it is not the largest source in our diets and a lot can be done in the preparation and cooking of meat to reduce its fat content, so don’t disregard it for this reason.
There are two types of fish commonly eaten in Britain: white fish (e.g. haddock, cod, plaice) and oily fish (e.g. mackerel, herring, sardines).
Fish is also is a great source of protein but it has a much lower fat content. White fish is very low in fat (compare cod with a lamb chop: 0.5g of fat in 100g of cod versus 40g in 100g of lamb!). Whilst oily fish is higher in its fat content, the fat is unsaturated.
If you choose not to eat meat or fish for moral reasons you must ensure that you are replacing those valuable nutrients efficiently. There are lots of foods that make great and tasty alternatives: lentils and beans and their products.
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