Infant nutrition: how much meat is enough?

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Meat is important for preventing iron and zinc deficiencies, two of the most common problem nutrients in the diets of infants and young children1, but with a lack of practical advice from dietary guidelines, two questions remain: how much and how often?

“Mothers and caregivers want to know how much they should be giving to their infants [but] the NHMRC Infant Feeding Guidelines2 do not provide guidance on timing, amount and frequency of meat consumption,” Associate Professor Lisa Houghton, from the Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Otago, New Zealand, told a conference in Sydney last month.