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7 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Eat Red Meat — and 8 Reasons Why You Should

7 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Eat Red Meat — and 8 Reasons Why You Should

Your guide to deciding whether eating red meat is for you

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7 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Eat Red Meat — and 8 Reasons Why You Should

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Before diving into the pros and cons of red meat, we want to give you a quick refresher on what red meat actually is. It can come from mammals such as cattle, bison, lamb, deer, and swine, as well as from some flightless birds like ostrich, emu, and rhea. In most cases, the only processing involved occurs during the butchering (and possibly the aging) process, as opposed to processed meats like hot dogs, bacon, salami, sausages, and lunchmeat.

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There are some important facets of red meat and its consumption that directly influence your health. The accompanying slideshow will help you decide whether red meat is for you.

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Con: Blood Vessels May Harden

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Con: Diabetes and Red Meat

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Con: Heart Disease and Saturated Fat

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Con: Life Spans Shortened by Red Meat

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Con: Meat Glue

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Meat glue… need we say more? Red meat is, at times, bound with more red meat using transglutaminase, an enzyme formerly harvested from animal blood that is produced through the fermentation of bacteria. When added to meat, it forms an invisible bond, and can be used to make smaller pieces into a more desirable shape.

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Con: Red Meat Allergies and Ticks

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Con: Red Meat May Be a Carcinogen

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In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that processed meats, such as bacon, sausages, and hot dogs, are carcinogenic. The WHO also announced that red meats, such as beef, pork, veal, and lamb, are “probably carcinogenic” as well, as they have been linked to increased risk of pancreatic and prostate cancers. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, an agency within the WHO, based these claims on research conducted by 22 experts from 10 different countries.

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Pro: Beef Can Be Sustainable

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“Grain-fed beef (conventional beef) comes from cows that have been fed a diet of grain, soy, and sometimes even animal byproducts,” says Mike Salguero, founder and CEO of ButcherBox, a company that delivers 100 percent grass-fed beef to the contiguous 48 US states and offers free shipping. “Many cows are also pumped with hormones to expedite the growth process and hooked up to antibiotics to prevent the spread of disease in crowded feedlots. Ninety-seven percent of the beef produced in the U.S. is grain-fed.

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100 percent grass-fed beef comes from cattle that are only fed their natural diet of grass for their entire lives. They enjoy free range on pasture and are never put into feedlots. They live longer lives because their growth isn't accelerated by the administration of artificial hormones. As a result, you get a much cleaner piece of beef, just as nature intended.”

Grain-fed cows are often shoved into overcrowded feedlots, and their meat is usually shipped across many miles, involving the use of nonrenewable energy sources. Choosing local, pastured, grass-fed beef is not only healthier for you, but for the environment as well.

Pro: Brain Health

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According to The Daily Mail, “Many evolutionary biologists believe that a diet rich in red meat eaten by our ancestors was responsible for the dramatic increase in the size of our brains compared to other plant-eating primates. Gorillas, for example, which have a plant-based diet, can grow up to three times bigger than us, but their brains are far smaller than the human brain.

Additionally, carnosine exists in high levels in red meat, and it has been shown to protect the brain against aging.

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Pro: Fight Your Cold With Red Meat

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Pro: Not Everyone Feels That Red Meat is Horribly Carcinogenic

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“The evidence WHO found suggested that eating processed red meat increased the likelihood of getting cancer by one percent over a lifetime, while smoking increases your risk of cancer by 2,500 percent,” says Mike Salguero, founder and CEO of ButcherBox. “Keep in mind this is ‘processed meat’ we’re talking about, not whole muscle. WHO classified fresh red meat, like steaks, as ‘probably carcinogenic.’ This puts consuming red meat in the same category as working as a hairdresser or barber, with a less than one percent risk of cancer.”

Pro: Protein, Creatine, and Your Muscles

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Pro: Red Meat Contains Vital Nutrients for Americans

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Pro: Red Meat and Healthy Fats

According to Authority Nutrition, “Grass-fed beef is even more nutritious than grain-fed, containing plenty of heart healthy omega-3s and the fatty acid CLA.”

•less omega-6 fats, calories, and cholesterol
•two to five times the anti-inflammatory, heart-healthy omega-3s
•two to three times the amount of CLA, which research indicates might be protective against heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.”

Pro: Fertility and Virility

“Selenium, an antioxidant found in red meat and nuts, plays a key role in conception because it is crucial to the development of healthy ovarian follicles,” writes Thea Jourdan and Jinan Harb of The Daily Mail.

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“Many studies have demonstrated that men with selenium-deficient diets — which tend to be short on red meat, wholegrains, and nuts [We tell you what the healthiest nuts are here.] — can see significant improvements in sperm motility, which is the swimming ability, if they take additional selenium,” says Dr Gill Lockwood, medical director of Midland Fertility, Tamworth, in Tamworth, England.


What’s the beef with red meat?

The news headlines were everywhere: "It's Okay to Eat Red Meat." The source for this statement was a study published online Oct. 1, 2019, in Annals of Internal Medicine.

An international team of researchers conducted five systematic reviews that looked at the effects of red meat and processed meat on multiple health issues, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and premature death.

The researchers found "low" evidence that either red meat or processed meat is harmful. Their advice: there's no need to reduce your regular red meat and processed meat intake for health reasons.

Unsurprisingly, the backlash from the science community was sharp and swift. For instance, Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health issued a statement that the new advice could potentially harm people's health.

"This new red meat and processed meat recommendation was based on flawed methodology and a misinterpretation of nutritional evidence," says Dr. Frank Hu, chair of the Department of Nutrition. "The authors used a method often applied to randomized clinical trials for drugs and devices, which is typically not feasible in nutritional studies."


What’s the beef with red meat?

The news headlines were everywhere: "It's Okay to Eat Red Meat." The source for this statement was a study published online Oct. 1, 2019, in Annals of Internal Medicine.

An international team of researchers conducted five systematic reviews that looked at the effects of red meat and processed meat on multiple health issues, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and premature death.

The researchers found "low" evidence that either red meat or processed meat is harmful. Their advice: there's no need to reduce your regular red meat and processed meat intake for health reasons.

Unsurprisingly, the backlash from the science community was sharp and swift. For instance, Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health issued a statement that the new advice could potentially harm people's health.

"This new red meat and processed meat recommendation was based on flawed methodology and a misinterpretation of nutritional evidence," says Dr. Frank Hu, chair of the Department of Nutrition. "The authors used a method often applied to randomized clinical trials for drugs and devices, which is typically not feasible in nutritional studies."


What’s the beef with red meat?

The news headlines were everywhere: "It's Okay to Eat Red Meat." The source for this statement was a study published online Oct. 1, 2019, in Annals of Internal Medicine.

An international team of researchers conducted five systematic reviews that looked at the effects of red meat and processed meat on multiple health issues, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and premature death.

The researchers found "low" evidence that either red meat or processed meat is harmful. Their advice: there's no need to reduce your regular red meat and processed meat intake for health reasons.

Unsurprisingly, the backlash from the science community was sharp and swift. For instance, Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health issued a statement that the new advice could potentially harm people's health.

"This new red meat and processed meat recommendation was based on flawed methodology and a misinterpretation of nutritional evidence," says Dr. Frank Hu, chair of the Department of Nutrition. "The authors used a method often applied to randomized clinical trials for drugs and devices, which is typically not feasible in nutritional studies."


What’s the beef with red meat?

The news headlines were everywhere: "It's Okay to Eat Red Meat." The source for this statement was a study published online Oct. 1, 2019, in Annals of Internal Medicine.

An international team of researchers conducted five systematic reviews that looked at the effects of red meat and processed meat on multiple health issues, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and premature death.

The researchers found "low" evidence that either red meat or processed meat is harmful. Their advice: there's no need to reduce your regular red meat and processed meat intake for health reasons.

Unsurprisingly, the backlash from the science community was sharp and swift. For instance, Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health issued a statement that the new advice could potentially harm people's health.

"This new red meat and processed meat recommendation was based on flawed methodology and a misinterpretation of nutritional evidence," says Dr. Frank Hu, chair of the Department of Nutrition. "The authors used a method often applied to randomized clinical trials for drugs and devices, which is typically not feasible in nutritional studies."


What’s the beef with red meat?

The news headlines were everywhere: "It's Okay to Eat Red Meat." The source for this statement was a study published online Oct. 1, 2019, in Annals of Internal Medicine.

An international team of researchers conducted five systematic reviews that looked at the effects of red meat and processed meat on multiple health issues, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and premature death.

The researchers found "low" evidence that either red meat or processed meat is harmful. Their advice: there's no need to reduce your regular red meat and processed meat intake for health reasons.

Unsurprisingly, the backlash from the science community was sharp and swift. For instance, Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health issued a statement that the new advice could potentially harm people's health.

"This new red meat and processed meat recommendation was based on flawed methodology and a misinterpretation of nutritional evidence," says Dr. Frank Hu, chair of the Department of Nutrition. "The authors used a method often applied to randomized clinical trials for drugs and devices, which is typically not feasible in nutritional studies."


What’s the beef with red meat?

The news headlines were everywhere: "It's Okay to Eat Red Meat." The source for this statement was a study published online Oct. 1, 2019, in Annals of Internal Medicine.

An international team of researchers conducted five systematic reviews that looked at the effects of red meat and processed meat on multiple health issues, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and premature death.

The researchers found "low" evidence that either red meat or processed meat is harmful. Their advice: there's no need to reduce your regular red meat and processed meat intake for health reasons.

Unsurprisingly, the backlash from the science community was sharp and swift. For instance, Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health issued a statement that the new advice could potentially harm people's health.

"This new red meat and processed meat recommendation was based on flawed methodology and a misinterpretation of nutritional evidence," says Dr. Frank Hu, chair of the Department of Nutrition. "The authors used a method often applied to randomized clinical trials for drugs and devices, which is typically not feasible in nutritional studies."


What’s the beef with red meat?

The news headlines were everywhere: "It's Okay to Eat Red Meat." The source for this statement was a study published online Oct. 1, 2019, in Annals of Internal Medicine.

An international team of researchers conducted five systematic reviews that looked at the effects of red meat and processed meat on multiple health issues, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and premature death.

The researchers found "low" evidence that either red meat or processed meat is harmful. Their advice: there's no need to reduce your regular red meat and processed meat intake for health reasons.

Unsurprisingly, the backlash from the science community was sharp and swift. For instance, Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health issued a statement that the new advice could potentially harm people's health.

"This new red meat and processed meat recommendation was based on flawed methodology and a misinterpretation of nutritional evidence," says Dr. Frank Hu, chair of the Department of Nutrition. "The authors used a method often applied to randomized clinical trials for drugs and devices, which is typically not feasible in nutritional studies."


What’s the beef with red meat?

The news headlines were everywhere: "It's Okay to Eat Red Meat." The source for this statement was a study published online Oct. 1, 2019, in Annals of Internal Medicine.

An international team of researchers conducted five systematic reviews that looked at the effects of red meat and processed meat on multiple health issues, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and premature death.

The researchers found "low" evidence that either red meat or processed meat is harmful. Their advice: there's no need to reduce your regular red meat and processed meat intake for health reasons.

Unsurprisingly, the backlash from the science community was sharp and swift. For instance, Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health issued a statement that the new advice could potentially harm people's health.

"This new red meat and processed meat recommendation was based on flawed methodology and a misinterpretation of nutritional evidence," says Dr. Frank Hu, chair of the Department of Nutrition. "The authors used a method often applied to randomized clinical trials for drugs and devices, which is typically not feasible in nutritional studies."


What’s the beef with red meat?

The news headlines were everywhere: "It's Okay to Eat Red Meat." The source for this statement was a study published online Oct. 1, 2019, in Annals of Internal Medicine.

An international team of researchers conducted five systematic reviews that looked at the effects of red meat and processed meat on multiple health issues, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and premature death.

The researchers found "low" evidence that either red meat or processed meat is harmful. Their advice: there's no need to reduce your regular red meat and processed meat intake for health reasons.

Unsurprisingly, the backlash from the science community was sharp and swift. For instance, Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health issued a statement that the new advice could potentially harm people's health.

"This new red meat and processed meat recommendation was based on flawed methodology and a misinterpretation of nutritional evidence," says Dr. Frank Hu, chair of the Department of Nutrition. "The authors used a method often applied to randomized clinical trials for drugs and devices, which is typically not feasible in nutritional studies."


What’s the beef with red meat?

The news headlines were everywhere: "It's Okay to Eat Red Meat." The source for this statement was a study published online Oct. 1, 2019, in Annals of Internal Medicine.

An international team of researchers conducted five systematic reviews that looked at the effects of red meat and processed meat on multiple health issues, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and premature death.

The researchers found "low" evidence that either red meat or processed meat is harmful. Their advice: there's no need to reduce your regular red meat and processed meat intake for health reasons.

Unsurprisingly, the backlash from the science community was sharp and swift. For instance, Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health issued a statement that the new advice could potentially harm people's health.

"This new red meat and processed meat recommendation was based on flawed methodology and a misinterpretation of nutritional evidence," says Dr. Frank Hu, chair of the Department of Nutrition. "The authors used a method often applied to randomized clinical trials for drugs and devices, which is typically not feasible in nutritional studies."


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