An average American eats more than 80 pounds of red meat each year. It’s the centerpiece not only of many American dishes, from chili to surf’n’turf, but also of American events and customs. What fun is a barbecue without the ribs, and what kind of 4th of July picnic would you have without the hot dogs and burgers?
But, if you’re thinking of going vegetarian, the health and environmental costs of our meat-based food system might be enough to make you want to swap that steak for a salad – for good.
Lets take a look 5 cons and 5 pros about eating red meat, so you can make your own choice to continue or stop eating.
1.May protect your heart
Beef contains two fats – stearic acid, a saturated fat, and oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat (found in olive oil), that have been to help improve cholesterol levels.
2.Meat contains high quality protein
Meat is an extraordinary source of protein in terms of both quantity and quality. Animal proteins contain all the amino acids that we need, while many plant proteins have a suboptimal amino acid profile. The studies show that consumption of protein is associated with increased bone density in old age and a lower risk of fractures.
3.May lift your mood
In a new Australian study, women who reported eating 1 to 2 ounces of beef or lamb a day were half as likely to have major anxiety disorder or depression compared to those who ate less than 1 ounce daily.
4.Red meat is a rich source of vitamins and minerals
Our bodies need vitamins like B12 or Vitamin D in order to function properly, and red meat is a quite good source of both. Remember, these vitamins are not exclusively found in red meat. You can get these vitamins from dairy and lean meats like fish or chicken.
5.Meat is no dietary devil!
1.May increase mortality
A March 2012 study from Harvard found that eating one serving per day of red meat is associated with a 13 percent higher risk of death.
2.Red meat hardens blood vessels
A compound found in red meat called carnitine has been found to cause atherosclerosis, the hardening or clogging of the arteries. Researchers found that increased carnitine levels predicted increased risks for cardiovascular disease.
3.Eating meat ups your risk of type 2 diabetes
According to some report that was published by JAMA Internal Medicine, eating red or processed meat can, over time, increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. “Specifically, 3.5 ounces of red meat or 1.8 ounces of processed meat daily led to a 19% and 51% increase in diabetes risk, respectively,” says Dan Nadeau, MD, endocrinologist at Mary and Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag Hospital in Irvine, California. “Diets rich in animal products contribute to the increased risk incidence of obesity as well as type 2 diabetes in the U.S.”
4.May increase cancer risk
There is now a clear body of evidence that bowel cancer is more common among those who eat the most red and processed meat. Processed meat consumption has been linked to a higher risk of stomach cancer.
5.The animal cruelty factor is sickening
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the steak or beef on your plate was part of a living creature. Animal cruelty is manifesting with locking animals in tiny cages, to slicing parts of their bodies off without any pain relief, to genetically selecting them to grow so obese and so fast that many become lame, it’s by far the biggest cause of animal suffering in the world.