Take a look at what may go wrong if we eat meat all the time

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Scientists and health practitioners have examined the benefits and drawbacks of animal protein consumption for decades to determine if it is healthy or not. It's still too early to tell whether or not the findings will pan out.
Red meat has long been recognized as a high-protein, B-vitamin, and iron-rich food. Increase your risk of cancer, heart disease, and other ailments by eating a lot of red meat.
Experts, government dietary guidelines, and the amount of red meat that may be healthful are all explained in depth. Researchers
There is a strong focus on the risks of consuming an excessive amount of red meat in this article. It fails to take into account the ethical and environmental consequences of such a diet.


To what extent is processed meat harmful to your wellbeing?

When talking about red meat, it's common to hear the term "muscular meat" used to describe it.
There are a number of minerals and vitamins in red meat, such as B-12 and iron, that are particularly beneficial to vegetarians. The human body lacks the key nutrients necessary for red blood cell formation.
Additionally, red meat is a rich supply of protein, which the body requires for the construction of muscle, bone, and other tissues, as well as for the production of enzymes and enzyme products.

But other research has revealed a link between frequent consumption of red meat and a wide range of health problems, including heart disease and cancer, as well as kidney and digestive difficulties and mortality.
Further complicating matters, another study shows that the type of red meat a person consumes is the most important factor in their risk of cancer.
Non-processed, leaner cuts of red meat include sirloin steaks and pig tenderloin. They contain no preservatives or salt because of the natural nature of the ingredients.
There is a higher risk of health problems associated with processed red meats, including bacon, hot dogs, sausage, bologna, and salami.

Is red meat a healthy option for your diet?

In this case, the answer is predicated on what you consider "red meat."
Red meat has high levels of nutrients, including iron, vitamin B-12, and zinc.

Vitamin B-12 is mostly found in animal products such as meat and dairy. In order to avoid anemia as a result of a B-12 deficiency, vegetarians and vegans may have to take B-12 supplements.
For every 100 grams (g) of uncooked ground beef, the United States Department of Agriculture recommends eating one serving.
There are 247 calories in one serving of this dish.
Glycemic index: 19.07
As you can see, this meal has a whopping 17 grams of protein.
1.97 micrograms of ferrous sulfate
In this meal, the potassium content is staggering at 274 milligrams!
There were 4.23 milligrams of zinc per kilogram of zinc detected.

The following serving size contains 2.15 micrograms of vitamin B-12:
Depending on a number of factors, the nutritional value of meat might vary greatly. The fat and calorie content of various cuts of meat from various parts of the animal varies. Besides how an animal was raised, what it ate, and its age and gender, many additional factors might affect the nutritional value of meat.
According to the NIH's Trusted Source, several types of red meat are good sources of myoglobin. The only other sources of ferritin are in animal products such as meat, poultry, and seafood. For example, iron is added to cereals and plant milk in the form of iron in the body.

According to the National Institutes of Health, iron from hemoglobin is more accessible and hence more quickly used by the body. According to the NIH, certain people are more prone than others to being anemic owing to an iron deficiency, including:
~Infants.
~Adolescent boys and girls.
~Periodic or heavy-bleeding women.
~Mothers-to-be.


Saturated fats have long been suspected of being a contributor to heart disease.

It's no secret that eating red meat frequently raises your chances of developing heart disease. Red meat's saturated fat has long been blamed by medical professionals for the link between red meat consumption and heart disease.

According to the American Heart Association, beef has greater levels of saturated fat than other protein sources (such as chicken or fish) (AHA).
There is evidence to support the idea that eating a lot of saturated fat and trans fat can raise cholesterol and put you at greater risk of heart disease and other health issues. Because of this, they advise people to eat less red meat and more lean meat instead.
Though red meat is a major source of trans fats in the Western diet, it is not the only one. Trans fat is most prevalent in foods that have been processed, packaged, or fried.
According to the American Heart Association, beans and legumes are heart-healthy protein options.
Here are a few examples:
-Black beans in refried form, canned
-The garbanzo beans
-Garbanzo beans are another name for chickpeas.
-Soybeans
-lentils, black-eyed peas, and split peas.

Circulation Trusted Source produced a meta-analysis that evaluated 36 articles. High-quality plant protein sources were shown to be superior to red meat, while low-quality carbohydrates had no effect on fat contents in the blood.
Because of this, a meta-analysis found that there was no significant difference in blood pressure or total cholesterol levels between the red meat and animal protein diet groups.

In other studies, the link between heart disease and saturated fat has been questioned. According to a recent study on heart disease risk, experts have exaggerated the benefits of saturated fat.
Another study by a group of cardiologists showed no connection between saturated fat consumption and an increased risk of heart disease. Saturated fat consumption does not raise heart disease risk, according to another study.
Depending on your point of view, saturated fats may or may not have a role in heart disease. Obviously, there's more work to be done here.

Trimethylamine N-oxide and Cardiovascular Disease (TMA-NO)

Aside from the saturated fat issue, a recent study suggests that red meat may increase the risk of heart disease considerably more than previously assumed.

Trimethylamine N-oxide was discovered to be more prevalent in people who consumed red meat on a daily basis (TMAO). TMAO is produced by bacteria in the gastrointestinal system during digestion. The poison, according to the researchers who discovered it, increases the risk of dying from heart disease.
Individuals who ingested red meat had three times the amount of TMAO as those who consumed white meat or plant-based meals. However, after 4 weeks of not eating red meat, their TMAO levels reverted to normal.

Death as a result of cancer

An increasing amount of data indicates that regular eating of red meat may increase cancer and death risks. However, results from certain studies may differ.

According to a study conducted in 2015, both processed and red meat are "carcinogenic to humans," with the latter being far more so than the former. This is a trustworthy resource because it's classified by the WHO (World Health Organization).
Consuming more red meat raised one's chance of colon cancer, the researchers found. When it came to potential health hazards, red meat was the worst offender, followed closely by processed meat.

Study results show red meat consumers have an elevated risk of pancreatic and prostate cancer. Increased consumption of processed meat was also linked to an increased risk of stomach cancer, the study found.
The authors claim that methods of meat processing such as curing and smoking can create carcinogens. Certain research has linked processed meat to greater health risks than unprocessed meat.

Consuming a lot of red meat may raise your cancer risk, as evidenced by previous research. As an example, take the situation as follows:
One study found this to be the case.
Trusted Source studied over 42,000 women for seven years and found a link between increasing red meat consumption and an increased risk of invasive breast cancer. Women who ate chicken instead of red meat had a lower risk.

In another investigation, researchers at Trusted Source studied 53,000 women and 27,000 men during an eight-year period and found that individuals who ate more processed red meat, such as bacon, died earlier than those who ate less. The participants didn't have anything wrong with their hearts or cancer before the experiment started. Red meat consumption increased mortality by 10% for every half-serving.

A large study followed more than 120,000 men and women for ten years and found that only processed red meat, not unprocessed variants, was associated with higher mortality risk.


cited works

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/meat-good-or-bad
https://www.scripps.org/news_items/4258-is-red-meat-bad-for-you
https://mercyforanimals.org/blog/here-are-the-top-10-health-concerns-linked/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26780279/
https://www.insider.com/what-eating-too-much-meat-does-health-side-effects-2020-3

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It fails to take into account the ethical and environmental consequences of such a diet.

I like that you include this statement. Too often we think of the immediate effect of a diet, a direct effect. But what we do to the planet and the net global health also affects our health. We throw plastics away and end up eating microplastics in our fish. We burn fossil fuels and end up battling killer storms. We spew industrial waste in the air and end up having obstructive pulmonary disease/asthma. Just a few health consequences of lifestyle that will certainly affect all of us, eventually.

So, to go back to your statement, those considerations--ethical and environmental--end up being as relevant to our health as the rest of the material in your excellent discussion.

Thank you so much, dear @agmoore, for your contribution. More inevitably needs to be done to help our lives and that of other living organisms.

Like you have said, some of our activities are now rendering harmful outcomes to us systematically and more sanctification needs to be carried out if we must prevail.

Dear @jsalvage, Are you arguing that people should become vegetarians?

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