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Is red meat harmful and should it be removed from the diet? Nutritionist Marija Đurković answers this question.

Marija Đurković

In Serbia, but also in other European countries, large quantities of red meat are eaten. If we add to this the fact that it is mostly consumed in the form of meat, as well as grilled, fried and fried, it is clear why it is associated with the development of certain types of cancer and other diseases.

But red meat is not inherently harmful, so it should not be completely removed from the diet, because when we consume it in moderation and in the right way, it has many benefits for our health.

Red meat – what do people think …

  • it is carcinogenic
  • it causes inflammatory processes in the body

And what is the truth?

  • it is one of the best sources of iron
  • is a source of zinc and vitamin B12
  • it is an excellent source of protein
  • it provides greater satisfaction
  • it is important for the proper development of the fetus during pregnancy.

Also read … 5 things to know when buying meat

How often to consume

Red meat is NOT the basis of a healthy diet, but it does find its place in it. This means that it can be harmful if you overdo it, even when you prepare it in a healthy way.

Optimal consumption: 1-2 times a week.

Red meat in diet therapy

Healthy prepared red meat can be part of diet therapy if you have anemia. Then it is recommended to combine lemonade and beet salad with a glass, which help to absorb.

In this case, the optimal intake is 2-3 times a week.


Marija Đurković is a nutritionist by profession. He graduated from the Medical School of Vocational Studies in Belgrade and then attended a course organized by the Vojvodina Leisure and Fitness Association and obtained a certificate as a nutrition and supplement nutrition and fitness consultant. In December 2017, he opened a nutrition consulting center in Nova Pazova, where many of his clients have gone from desire to goal. Maria hopes that all of them will bring a passion for healthy eating and healthy living habits from the counseling center. As of July 1, 2020, the counseling center will operate elsewhere in Block A of New Belgrade.

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