Red Meat Should You Eat?
If you have
ever being diagnosed of High blood pressure, one of the advice
given by doctors among many others to the new hypertensive
patient is to minimize the intake of Red meat.
Africans generally love eating red meats. In Nigeria, the
Yorubas and the Ibos are among the highest eaters of red meat
and that is why a generous percentage of the population of
people from these areas are fat.
Personally, I love eating red meat, until I became conscious of
the health risks associated with it some few years back.
In today's article, I shall be giving you information based on
research and scientific data on the ill effects of eating red
At the end of this article, you shall have an informed choice
when it comes to eating red meat.
One question I found when I was researching on the topic of
eating red meat is:
Does Eating of Red Meat Increase The Risk of Cancer and
Studies have shown that red meats have a high amount of
saturated fat, and this has the increased tendency to raise
blood cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol increases the
risk of a heart disease.
LDL Cholesterol stand for Low Density Lipoprotein or bad
What About Cancer? Does Eating of Red Meat Cause It As Well?
There are no clear evidence that red meat causes cancer.
However, there is a certain type of cancer that is induced by
excessive consumption of red meat, colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer or Colon cancer is the growth of cancerous
cells in the colon.
In fact a recent study of over 500,000 Americans who ate red
meat over a period of 10 years revealed that they were more
likely to die of cancer and heart disease sooner than those who
ate smaller amounts.
Another study involving 72,000 women who ate high amounts of red
meat who were followed over an 18 year period reveals that this
group had an increased risk of heart disease, cancer and death
from other causes.
Now the question is,
If Eating Red Meat Increases The Risk of Cancer, What Then Is
The Cause of Cancer?
Just as I have stated earlier, scientists have not being able to
pinpoint exactly what causes cancer from eating red meats.
However, presently, research and experiment is undergoing in the
following areas which eating red meats causes
Saturated fats in red meat is being studied, since this has been
linked to colon and breast cancers as well as heart disease.
Carcinogens which is released when meat is cooked is being
studied as well.
Heme Iron, a nutrient found in meat which may produce compounds
that damage cells that leads to cancer is also under study.
What Are The Sources of Red Meat?
Well, I believe we already know the sources of red meat.
However, since this article is about red meats, this article
will be incomplete if the sources are not mentioned.
Here are common sources of red meats.
All bush meats
All meats from animals except birds
Apart From Protein, Are There Other Nutritional Benefits From
Eating Red Meats?
Yes, red meat is very nutritious. Infact it is a good source of
protein which helps to build the muscles and bones.
Red meat is also high in Iron, an important nutrient young women
need in their child bearing years. It also contains Vitamin B12
which nourishes the nerves and DNA as well as the red blood
cells. Zinc is another nutrient derived from red meat which
helps to keep the immune system strong and effective to prevent
In view of the Pros and Cons we have uncovered in this
article about red meats, should we still eat it?
It depends. Yes, it depends on YOU!
If you decide to continue eating red meat, then you should
consider eating it in very little amount. A piece of meat in the
food twice or thrice in a week is healthy.
However, if you want optimum health and to completely avoid the
risks associated with eating red meats, It is always a better
option to stay away.
All the nutrients that red meat supplies can be obtained from
other sources of meat. Instead of eating red meats, it's always
better to choose other sources of meats that have a good amount
of lean proteins.
Here are healthier choices for your meats
- Sea foods
These include fishes, crabs, prawns, crustaceans,
Periwinkle, eel, etc
These includes, chicken, turkey, pidgeon, etc
These choices for meats have lower amounts of cholesterol,
fats, and proteins and are better for a healthy body.
And if you want to lose weight, you don't have a better
choice than either limiting your red meat in take, or cutting it
out completely and replacing with the above meat choices.
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