There is unprocessed Red Meat and processed Red Meat. Processed Red Meat is more harmful to health.
In the long term, all Red Meat, (from cows, sheep, pigs etc), reduces your health, increases your potential for life-threatening illness and shortens your life.
Why on Earth would you want to eat Red Meat?
Two obvious reasons.
- You like it.
- Red Meat industry has told you to eat Red Meat because they claim you need the protein.
You might like it. Nobody will stop you eating it. You will not be able to stop yourself from the health consequences either.
The evidence of the considerable risk to your health of eating Red Meat is overwhelming.
Regular daily consumption of Red Meat contributes directly to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, impacts on the brain and an influential condition for a premature death. This is the major food item for people who are fat, overweight or obese. Of all food items, Red Meat receives the most criticism in extensive research owing to its impact on public health.
You can go on eating processed Red Meat as part of your English breakfast, such as bacon, sausages and black pudding, which is made from the blood of animals, plus beef fat or pig fat.
You can eat Red Meat for lunch – ham, hot dogs, salami, bologna (made from pork sausage/pork fat, often sliced to go in a sandwich).
You can eat Red Meat as part of your evening meal. You can eat Red Meat such as a rare, medium or well-cooked steak or eat pepperoni (cured pork or beef, often used in a pizza).
Millions of people have entered medical research so researchers can measure the impact of eating Red Meat on their health.
It is the most controversial food in the history of nutrition due to widespread concern of public health officials on the consequences of citizens eating such food. Absence of Red Meat in our diet supports health, well-being and fitness.
Red Meat bought in over the counter sandwiches/rolls may contain preservatives, sugar and salt.
For those who cannot give up the taste of red meat, medical experts recommend a maximum of two meals a week containing unprocessed red meat and to avoid all processed meat.
Smoked, salted, cured, dried or canned, processed meat has added chemicals, preservatives, salt and fat.
The marketing of red meat treats it as a manly food to maximise protein, build the body and increase muscle growth. The meat industry constantly puts out the message of the importance of protein in the diet. Yet, the same industry never refers to the risk to health through excessive consumption of protein.
Excessive protein over months and years creates a burden on kidneys and liver. Side effects might include physical tiredness, indigestion issues and discomfort in the intestines. These show signs of the kidneys and liver overworking. Hereditary vulnerability in these primary organs increase the impact on these vital organs. Excess of sugar, salt and fat in other processed food in tins, jars and packets added to the impact on kidneys and liver.
Red Meat is usually the most expensive single item of food at home for most families and in many restaurants.
Alternatives to Meat
Around one third of the protein in meat gets lost in the cooking. The fat in meat is high. One nutritional website says 85 grams of beef has a calorie count of 240 calories of which 177 calories are from fat. High intake of fat increases cholesterol levels in the body causing health issue including gallstones.
What nutritious food has protein?
Protein serves as building blocks of organs, muscles, skin, and hormones. Your body needs protein to maintain and repair tissues. Fat content is low, if at all, compared to fat content in meat, unprocessed or processed. Some foods below have more protein than Red Meat.
Best foods for Protein (in alphabetical order). Remember to enjoy a varied diet for fitness, energy and to receive all the necessary nutrients.
Thirty Sources of Protein
- Beans (including beans on toast)
- Bean Sprouts
- Brussel Sprouts
- Cottage cheese
- Dry, roasted peanuts
- Greek yogurt
- Kidney beans
- Lentils (dahl)
- Pumpkin seeds
- Rice (preferably brown)
- Roasted squash
- Soya beans/Soya milk
- Soya protein chunks (0.5% fat. Alternative to meat)
Many people give up eating animals, birds and fish because they do not wish to support the brutal treatment on factory farms of such creatures. Such farms inflict cruelty on animals and birds crammed into tiny spaces while fattened for slaughter before being sent to the abattoir.
Meat impacts the environment more than any other food. we eat. Farm animals require much more land, food, water, and energy than crops and plants. A single four-ounce (quarter pound) hamburger requires 7 pounds of grain and 53 gallons of water for crops to feed the livestock.
McDonalds have sold more than 400 billion burgers worldwide. McDonalds engage in the destruction of massive areas of tropical rainforests in the Amazon and elsewhere to covert to pasture for cows so the corporation can produce cheap meat.
Take the step. Stop eating Red Meat.
Be even more bold. Stop eating animals, birds and fish.
Stay healthy. Stay fit. Stay strong. Stay alive.