Student research supports meat’s health benefit claims

New research by an Aberystwyth University student has helped to reinforce the fact lean red meat is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The work, carried out by Cate Williams, has now been published by Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), and it claimed health benefits from eating lean red meat included an intake of nutrients which could help combat deficiencies and contribute towards maintaining a healthy immune system, development and growth during childhood and pregnancy.

The project, which was a partnership between the University and HCC, was undertaken to look at the way the saturated fatty acid content of beef and milk could be reduced in order to decrease the annual death rates from cardiovascular disease.

Lynfa Davies, technical development executive at HCC, said: “It is important that the public are aware of the benefits of including red meat in their diet. We hope that Cate’s research will further our understanding of rumen lipid metabolism and find ways of making red meat even more beneficial for human health.”

Cate Williams was awarded a Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship to work on a one-year MPhil project, entitled ‘Effects of Rumen Bacterial Lipases on Ruminal Lipid Metabolism’.  

Her article can be found on HCC’s website at

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