Red meat (beef, pork, and lamb) has been consumed by humanity since they came into existence. This meat provided our ancient ancestor sustenance for their daily lives. Now in our modern times it is an extremely controversial food; many people believe that red meat causes more harm than good. While it does have scientific backing, we have to realize that the meat consumed today is very different from the ones enjoyed by our ancestors.
Meat today goes through processing that make it less beneficial to your body. A majority of livestock used for normal consumption today is factory bred. These animals are pumped with chemicals to make them grow at an accelerated rate and fed a different diet than those farm bred. If red meat is eaten too often it increases the chance of gaining type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Your chances increase further depending on whether the meat is processed or not. (Processed meat includes any meat preserved by smoking, curing, salting, or addition of preservatives).
Red meat still provides essential nutrients and health benefits to the body; it contains an incredible amount of protein, B vitamins, iron, and zinc. Multiple studies show that organic beef fed with a grass based diet tend to have higher nutrient quality and a lowered chance of gaining heart problems or diabetes. If eaten in the correct potions meat is incredible addition to any diet:
- Unprocessed Red Meat – around 100 grams a day has not shown an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and only increases risk of diabetes by a negligible amount.
- If you consume over the recommended limit of unprocessed red meat it increases the chance of diabetes by almost 12 percent and cardiovascular disease by at least 13 percent.
- Processed Red Meat – About 50 grams a day increases chance of heart disease by at least 40 percent and almost 20 percent higher risk of diabetes.
Red meat if not cooked properly can cause food poisoning that can greatly debilitate your everyday life and if overcooked, the charred segments may increase the chance of cancer. We strongly recommend avoiding overeating processed meats due to the chemicals found within it. Try to get organic meat and lean cuts for a nutritious meal that will greatly benefit your body. Also, always eat it in moderation, since habitual consumption is linked to increasing the chances of gaining various diseases.