MIA Innovation Limited is partnering with Beef + Lamb New Zealand Limited and the High Value Nutrition National Science Challenge in a $2 million programme of research and development, investigating the impact of eating pasture raised red meat on health and well being when consumed as part of a well-balanced diet.
Much of the global research on the health, nutritional and environmental aspects of red meat is based on grain-finished farming systems, whereas New Zealand specialises in livestock farming that is uniquely natural grass-fed, antibiotic-free and hormone-free. We know that red meat is a highly nutritious wholefood rich in protein and minerals and when included in a balanced diet is a great way to ensure nutrient requirements are met. This ground-breaking research programme will explore the differences between pasture raised beef and lamb, grain fed beef and alternative proteins.
More information can be found on the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc website.
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New study highlights differences in New Zealand beef
Researchers have compared the digestion differences between pasture-raised beef, grain-finished beef and a plant-based alternative. To mimic the human digestive tract, researchers used simulators in the laboratory to observe the differences.
Meat and the alternative plant-based product are made up of various components including fat and protein. When we digest food, our body breaks it down for us to use to do a range of functions, including building muscle and providing an energy source.
This research showed:
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As part of this research programme, researchers have compared the digestion differences between pasture-raised beef, grain-finished beef, and a plant-based alternative. To mimic the human digestive tract, researchers used simulators in the laboratory to observe the differences.
Due to the comprehensive nature of the research, there are many questions that may arise. We’ve provided answers to some of the most common questions here.
Dr Lovedeep Kaur discusses the study in this video
November 2020 Media Release. New Zealand scientists lead the charge to expore benefits of pasture-raised beef and lamb