A lack of iron in young women’s diets is a potential opportunity for the meat industry, bosses said.
A national diet and nutrition survey by the Food Standards Agency showed low iron stores in two out of five 15 to 18-year-old women, and one in three 19 to 24-year-olds.
The FSA also discovered only nine per cent of young women were aware of the fact that red meat was an excellent source of iron.
David Croston, chief executive of the English Beef and Lamb Executive said: “Beef and lamb are the perfect solution for anyone who needs to push up their iron levels.”