Fooditude! Kids, Meat and Red Meat Market

By Mark Wilhelms

Hey we’re on Kids TV show Fooditude! While its not Saturday morning cartoons it is still fun working with kids! Lets spend some time talking about meat and why its good for kids!

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To grow children have to get enough protein, and the best source of protein is meat. But pay attention to the health risks of Supermarket meat and what you feed your children. Because if you don’t do that there is a risk of obesity and health problems for your children. A staggering 80% of all antibiotics used in our country are given to livestock to help them grow faster and prevent them from getting sick, due to living conditions that are often crowded and unsanitary.  Overuse of antibiotics in animals can lead to the creation of “superbugs” that no longer respond to the drugs.  Children can be exposed in a number of ways, including handling and or eating raw or undercooked meat.

Serving locally pastured, antibiotic free, hormone free and steroid free meats to your children is the only way to insure a safe and healthy diet free of harmful ingredients. You can make your own baby food very easily!

Hotdogs! Made from 100% grass fed beef, meaty hot dogs are bursting with old-fashioned classic hot dog flavor - juicy, flavorful and delicious! Healthy Grass-Fed hot dogs have only 8 grams of fat compared to the average 15 grams in most brands, and because they’re made from grass fed beef, they’re also high in omega-3 fatty acids (the good fat). Great on the grill, steamed on your stovetop or anytime you’re kids are craving a lunch or snack.

Chicken is a growth food as it is packed with protein and vitamin B12, which is not found in plant foods. Chicken also naturally contains fat, which is used for energy and growth. It is very important that children aged six to nine months start to regularly eat foods containing adequate amounts of protein.

Chicken liver, yup, I said it! - provides a good source of vitamins and iron. Babies are born with a store of iron that lasts for about six months so after this time it is important to ensure they get the iron that they need from their solids.

Red meat provides the best and most easily absorbed source of iron. Including it with foods like dark green leafy vegetables or wholemeal bread you will improve the absorption of the vegetable sources of iron by three times. A baby’s iron reserves inherited from his mother run out around the age of six months, so it is important to include in the diet foods rich in iron. A baby’s iron requirements are particularly high between six and twelve months.

Lamb is high in protein, essential for growing, and a good source of iron, zinc and B vitamins. Lamb tends to be more fatty than beef, so trim off any excess fat.

Minced beef is an excellent source of iron. A lack of iron will not only make your child feel tired but can also lower resistance to infection. Always choose lean cuts of meat. You may prefer to mince your own meat or ask your butcher to mince some good cuts for you.

Mark Wilhelms is the Founder of Red Meat Market. You can find Mark on and Twitter