MEATS AND EGGS: The Ministry of Health recommends the consumption of one serving of meat or eggs per day, preferably lean meats. Remove all the visible fat before preparing the meat.


  • What else is written in the Brazilian Food Guide about meats and eggs?
  • Serving sizes for meats and eggs
  • Dietetic and cooking techniques: meats and eggs
  • Cultural and historical curiosities about meats and eggs
  • Scientific information about meats and eggs
  • A healthy, appropriate and caring diet
While discussing about legumes, we stated that proteins are made of many smaller units called amino acids. With respect to proteins, we also said that a food is considered complete or not depending on its amino acid composition. Meats contain proteins with all the amino acids that we need, called essential amino acids, and so are considered an excellent food. In addition to proteins, meats are also great sources of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B12, iron and zinc.                   However, there are important reasons to moderate and even restrict meat intake. Meats contain fats that impair the functioning of the heart, blood flow, and are considered the cause of many diseases. High blood pressure, for example, can be controlled by following a lacto-vegetarian diet.
Fish are also excellent sources of proteins, vitamins and minerals. Fish also contain omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat that is beneficial to the heart and blood flow, among others.                   Eggs, although rich in cholesterol, contain important nutrients and their proteins are as good as those of meats.