Debilitating Red Meat Health Hazards Doctors Aren’t Telling You
There are so many debilitating red meat health hazards that not even doctors tell you. But what wouldn’t we do without our red meat? It’s juicy and its yummy and it’s the only thing you want to have for a weekend barbecue. Along with a cold beer, right? Yet, red meat will be your darling until I discovered a few of its hazards.
Your doctor may not have mentioned the hazards of red meat. Should this be the case, I’m sure it’s not intentional. Probably, he has had some red meat once in a while too. For sure, everyone loves red meat unless they’re allergic to it. However, here we explore five main reasons why you shouldn’t eat red meat. Note that these are facts from research carried out by some serious doctors.
You should also note that some complications below are listed in groups as one hazard of red meat because they occur together. Alternatively, some of these health complications are related.
Increased Risk of diseases
Type 2 diabetes, obesity and arthritis
If you eat two slices of bacon everyday, you elevate the risk of Type 2 diabetes by up to 50%. The above statistic, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, isn’t limited to bacon. In fact, the research cites 100 grams of red meat and 60 grams of processed meat in general. Depending on the type of animal, the meat increases type 2 diabetes risk by 20% to 50%. Basically, any form of red and processed meat from hot dogs to sausages to beef fillet presents this risk. Consequently, this research offers an astounding explanation.
To summarize it, Dr. Nadeau, an endocrinologist contributing to the research says red meat overwhelms the body with amino acids. Due to this, the pancreas gradually loses the ability to manufacture enough insulin. Therefore, red meat leads to too much unused glucose hence type 2 diabetes. The condition is also called Hyperglycemia.
May be you’ve discovered that obesity is one of the biggest health problems in the USA and in most developed countries in the world. However, poorer countries register reduced cases of the same problem. Specifically, the rate of obesity is 50% higher in the developed than the developing world. Coincidentally, statistics indicate that there’s 60% more red meat consumed in the developed than the developing world.
This research reveals a simple truth here: the more the red meat you consume, the higher you risk getting obesity. Poor people cannot afford fresh red meat and processed meats. Therefore, they eat the cheaper white meat of fish and birds. Ironically, they’re healthier than those who can afford red meat. Here you clearly see that one of the biggest hazards of red meat is obesity. Hence, you ought to check your red meat consumption if you’re struggling with a weight problem.
Do you have or fear arthritis? You quit or reduce red meat. And you do it now. One of the scariest truths about red meat is that it causes arthritis in old age. All arthritis doctors and sufferers agree that red meat contributes to their pain. Yet people still don’t believe this fact. Doctors don’t even have to warn arthritis patients. The victims ought to start avoiding red meat before their doctors’ warning. They should do it just by listening to their bodies. Due to the above points, you can strongly conclude that red meat causes and worsens arthritis.
Alimentary canal and Alzheimer’s
The digestive system is one the toughest systems in the human body. Nonetheless, it’s very vulnerable to the hazards of red meat. This is why colorectal cancer is much more common in people who eat red meat more. The colorectal cancer gene is present in one out of every three individuals. The gene plays a special role in human immunity as well. Therefore, when you have the gene, your immunity weakens and you get colorectal cancer if you eat red meat more. Some amino acids present in red meat causes an inflammatory response. This response may slowly lead to formation of cancer cells in the colon. Following this discovery, doctors now warn bowel cancer patients to completely avoid red meat.
Moving forward, researchers have recently discovered E. Coli bacteria have recently in fresh beef. These bacteria are notorious in causing kidney failure and abdominal cramps. Contrary to what scientists thought in the 20th century, rd meat contains E. Coli bacteria. Initially, scientist though only milk had the bacteria. Although not as abundant in meat as in milk, these bacteria may sneak into your alimentary canal through red meat. Dr. Schmidt of CDC notes that 1 out of every 100 cows probably has E. Coli. Don’t risk it. probably, you might be eating the steak from the cow with E. Coli. In light of this concern, you should stay away from red meat. You then are safer from such ailments.
Moreover, red meat contains iron. It is the single most abundant element in red meat. Unfortunately, most people are not aware that iron can easily become a terrible enemy. Research from the University of Los Angeles, California, proves this. The study reveals that too much iron in the blood damages nerve coatings called myelin. In turn, poor myelin function increases the chances of Alzheimer’s. Red meat raises your blood iron a lot. This is so when you consume it many times in a week. Thus, you might want to minimize your red meat consumption to save yourself from Alzheimer’s later in life.
General health and environmental degradation
Hardened blood vessels and reduced lifespan
When you eat lots of red meat, you risk catching Atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries. Atherosclerosis leads to an unhealthy heart and general body weakness. A 2013 study published on prevention.com discovered an unsafely high amount of carnitine in red meat. The carnitine was converted into a tissue changing oxide in the stomach. Ultimately the oxide changes the structure of the arteries, making them less elastic and increasing their fat content. As a result, your arteries become highly inefficient. Ultimately, the research clearly and reliably shows that red meat increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The hardened vessels may lead to reduced lifespan. Needless to say, the reduced efficiency of the heart due to bad arteries causes gradual degeneration of major organs. The liver, kidneys, spleen and the brain slowly adapt to lower oxygen levels. This change doesn’t do much for your health. Instead, you body starts degenerating slowly. Eventually, red meat can cause you to die long before your peers. If these biological facts are anything to go by, then it’s true that red meat is a slow killer.
Red meat in the 21st century is full of hormones. Why? Because virtually all the red meat you get at the store comes from animals grown on hormones. This being the case, red meat makes us ingest animal hormones meant for accelerating growth and muscle formation.
The hazard of red meat then lies in what these hormones do to us. Endocrine research documented in the Archives of Internal Medicine reveals that these hormones disrupt human hormonal balance. As a result, this imbalance increases risk of getting both breast and prostrate cancer. The prostrate and lactic glands are some of the most active glands in the human hormones system. Due to their high activity, they can easily develop cancerous tumors. The artificial hormones in red meat attach themselves to hormone receptors on potential tumor cells initiating virulent reactions. Eventually, these violent cell reaction manifest as cancer.
You’re actively contributing to the death of the planet
This last hazard is coming not from red meat but from you. Yes, when you consume it, red meat becomes a hazard to the planet. In case you think it a joke, let me explain using figures and statistics. In order for a farmer to produce a pound of beef, they use enough energy to power a microwave for an hour. I can tell you’re doubting this statistic.
Let me break it down further.
First of all, you need to give a bull about 30 pounds of plant material for it to grow a pound of muscle. To get this material, the animals needs at least 150 square feet of ground. In addition, it needs more than 100 gallons of water. These are but a few of the requirements. Summarily, the animal uses lots of energy-giving material that could be saved through less red meat consumption.
Not everyone really wants to talk about the above five re meat hazards. And who can blame the world for overlooking the hazards of red meat? Surely, red meat practically makes over half of the world’s meat diet. Think about it. Isn’t most processed meat—except fish fillet—just a preserved version of red meat? I’m not telling you to quit. I don’t think the world can really quit red meat. How many sausage and fillet companies would go out of business in a day if we quit red meat? All of them! Therefore, lets think about minimizing. Give white meat a chance in your life. It doesn’t look as yummy or juicy, but it sure as hell is healthier.
True, you no one should overlook the hazards of red meat at a time when people value healthier eating so much. Also, you’ll be hypocritical to talk environmental preservation while eating loads of red meat. Therefore, turn this article in your head a few times. And you remember to twice before you stop at the store for a slab of bright, red meat.