02 Nov Should You Eat Red Meat?
Does your daily diet consist of a lot of red meat? Do you enjoy a hearty steak or juicy burger on occasion or often?
Red meat can be a great source of protein, heme iron which is easily absorbed by our body, vitamin B12, and Zinc which keeps the immune system working properly. But, in this article, we’ll talk about some of the drawbacks of consuming red meat.
Risks of red meat consumption
• Increases the risk of heart disease – From various studies, it has been identified that people who consume red meat have a higher risk of getting heart disease. That’s because many red meat sources include saturated fats and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Excess levels of either of these can lead to strokes and heart disease, but can also create many other cardiovascular diseases and cause high blood pressure.
• Increases the risk of diabetes – Red meat can increase your chances of getting type 2 diabetes. Eating red meat or darker cuts of poultry may be associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, with higher levels of consumption linked to higher risk,
• Increases the risk of cancer – The consumption of red meat can increase the risk of getting several types of cancers. There is a strong relationship between colorectal cancer and read meat. In fact, people who consume red meat on a regular basis are 25% more vulnerable to get colorectal cancer when compared to others.
The purpose of this article is not to completely discourage you from consuming red meat. It is to inform you of the risks of consuming red meat, regularly and in higher levels. Be conscious of your red meat consumption – as there are benefits, however, don’t over indulge. If you’re a meat eater, try and limit red meat and rely more on lean cuts of poultry or white fish.
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