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Should You Cut Down on Your Meat Intake?


Recent research suggests most Americans double the daily recommended intake of meat. Should we be eating less? There has been an ongoing debate within the medical and holistic wellness communities on the benefits verses the downfalls of eliminating (or at least drastically reducing) meat intake. On one hand, organizations like the American Heart Association says that getting your share (less than 6oz daily) of fish and lean meat can help maintain proper nutrition, while others argue meat only increases the risk of diseases and unhealthful effects. More specifically, there have been significant links established between positive health effects and drastically reducing red meat consumption. Some of these benefits include weight loss, disease prevention and a longer lifespan.

Health Risks of Eating Red Meat

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine asserts that cutting down on, or eliminating meat from your diet can significantly reduce your risks of developing such serious conditions as high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney complications, cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis. That alone seems like enough to give it a try, but there is more. There’s also been research conducted establishing the connection between too much meat ingestion and excess iron levels in the brain which can contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease. Red meat is the primary culprit for these issues and many others, including triggering asthma attacks in some people.

Antibiotic Resistance

Another benefit to eating less meat is a decreased risk of contracting an antimicrobial-resistant infection. Animals bred for consumption are often pumped full of antibiotics to encourage growth and cut down on infections caused by unsanitary living conditions. Unfortunately, this leads to antibiotic resistant cells to grow in the animals that can then be passed to humans who later eat the animals. This leads to the growing and scary problem of antibiotic-resistant infection.

Nix Meat To Lose Weight

Another sought-after benefit of keeping meat to a minimum is the increased potential for weight-loss. Nutritional specialist and medical writer L.Bellows asserts that vegetarians tend to have lower caloric consumption, less fat (as most meats and dairy products are high in fat), and lower overall Body Mass Indexes (BMIs). He says that people who shy away from red meat also have lower cholesterol levels and a higher chance of living longer, healthier lives. As long as people who give up eating meat don’t replace those forsaken calories with other fatty foods, they should see weight-loss results.

Making the Tricky Transition

Laura Barton, vegetarian and writer for the Guardian has several tips on how to help ease the lifestyle transition for prospective meat-shunners. She advises people who wish to decrease their meat consumption to do so gradually, as giving up something immediately often doesn’t stick. Laura also advises people not to think of their new diet staples as substitutes for meat, but just as new foods, “If someone replaced my tofu with some tofu-flavoured chicken, I too would be upset. So likewise, it’s best not to try directly replacing a meat you love with a vegetarian alternative – a craving for pork chops will never be met by a slab of tempeh, and vice versa.”

(Non-Carnivorous) Food for Thought

We aren’t saying you should go full-on vegetarian, but there are some sure-fire health benefits to cutting down on your meat intake, specifically red meat. There are many health benefits associated with eating fish, so that is not a food group you should cut out (unless you are a vegetarian for ethical reasons). Similarly, lean white meats can also provide many health benefits, but as with everything, moderation is the key. It is worth a try to cut back on red meat at least, hey? Thanks for visiting DocChat!



Health Risks Associated With Red Meat

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Is there a correlation between eating red meat and being diagnosed with cancer or heart disease? This is a question that has puzzled many people for decades. In recent research, new evidence was found that eating red meat regularly can decrease your lifespan. Read on to know how health risks are associated with red meat.

Red Meat Can Harden Or Block Arteries

Red meat contains carnitine, an element that can trigger atherosclerosis. Carnitine can harden or block your arteries, increasing the risk for heart attack, heart failure and stroke, according to a recent study. Under the study, researchers examined vegetarian and omnivore cardiac patients. It concluded that carnitine transforms to a material called trimethylamine-N-oxide, which is extremely detrimental to your heart. It was further found that the more the level of carnitine in your body, the more you are at risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Decrease In Lifespan

A research conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health uncovered a correlation between eating red meat and decrease in lifespan. It also found that consuming proteins in the form of nuts, fish, and poultry involve lower risk of early death than eating red meat. Experts particularly single out processed red meat like salami and hot dogs as “the worst.” Even though further evidence and investigation is required to unearth the actual cause, yet medical practitioners are adamant that it is in the meat preparation. Cooking meat for extended time or burning can lift the toxin level, which can cause stomach cancer.

Leftovers Joined Together

Proponents of red meat often argue that the meat additive they call “lean finely textured beef” is completely safe to eat. Popular among the public as pink slime, this additive comprises of fatty morsels of waste meat that is heated, processed to take out the fat, and then preserved with ammonia gas. The meat is then sold to shops that add slime to the beef, which has been found to be dangerous for health. Moreover, the ammonia may introduce pathogens into the meat. There are also chances that the bacteria will spread in your kitchen during preparation and cooking.


Regular consumption of red meat has been associated with heart diseases, stomach cancer, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. The risk is especially higher in case of processed red meat. Moreover, raw red meat has the potential to spread bacteria in your kitchen and home. It is highly recommended that you wash your hands and other cooking tools after handling raw red meat.

In a nutshell, red meat is delicious and can be consumed but in moderation. However, the quantity consumed should be decreased if you suffer from certain medical conditions. To know more, get in touch with us today as our telemedicine experts can help you stay healthy by recommending what you should and should not consume.