Serve Less Red Meat Less Often

October 11, 2017

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Serve Less Red Meat Less Often
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Should You Actually Be Eating Red Meat?

It is a large debate right now whether or not humans should be eating red or processed meat. Typically, you will find through research that processed meat should be avoided entirely, but there is an argument as to whether or not red meat is beneficial. One side of the argument suggests that red meat is good for us because of the substantial quantity and bioavailability of vitamins and minerals, such as heme iron, Vitamin B6 and Selenium. However, the other side of the argument suggests that red meat should be avoided entirely because of the carcinogenic effects.

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines recommend limiting red meat and instead eating a variety of protein foods, such as seafood, lean meats, poultry, eggs, legumes, nuts, seeds and soy products. The World Health Organization announced that, “the consumption of red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans based on limited evidence that the consumption of red meat causes cancer in humans and strong mechanistic evidence supporting a carcinogenic effect”. 

So, there is not a definitive answer to whether or not you should eat it or avoid it, but there is something to be said about overconsumption. Too much red meat could potentially cause:

  • Cancer – most commonly colorectal
  • Kidney Failure
  • Heart Disease
  • Diverticulitis (inflammation of the colon)

Don’t let all of these different potential diseases scare you away to never eating meat again. Everything in moderation is the key to living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Make decisions based on what is best for you and your health! 

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