Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Stop Eating Red Meat

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Wait a minute before you grab that sizzling steak from your favorite fast food joint! You could make a healthier choice and extend your lifespan by giving that tasty steak a miss!

10 Authentic Reasons To Avoid Red Meat:

Wondering why you should stop eating red meat? Here are 10 reasons you cannot ignore:

1. You Might Be Putting Your Blood Vessel Health At Stake:

Red meat contains carnitine, a highly hazardous ingredient that is known to clog the arteries and harden them. According to a study published in Nature Medicine, an escalated presence of carnitine puts you at a higher risk of developing various grave cardiovascular health conditions including atherosclerosis.

2. Increased Susceptibility To Cancer:

A study conducted by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine suggests that people who eat red meat have about 50% more chances of developing cancer than their vegetarian counterparts. Red meats, especially salami and hot dogs, are the worst offenders. While the exact reason behind this is yet to be established, it is possible that the charring process could be the culprit as they result in a surge of nitrosamines, a typical variant of the toxin that triggers stomach cancer.

3. A Drastic Dip In Your Lifespan:

According to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, people ingesting red meat are at a higher risk dying early. Studies suggest that multiple health conditions arising from using improperly cooked meats or other grave issues, such as cancers and heart diseases could cut short your longevity.

4. Beware Of Pink Slime:

Pink slime, as it is affectionately known among the public, is nothing but lean and finely textured beef. However, these additives are laden with fat from the meat that is left behind. The leftover meat is heated and then spun to discard the fat. The bacteria from this ‘fat free’ meat are then eliminated by treating the same with ammonia.

The bacteria slowly spread into the entire kitchen where this meat is cooked. And, you eat this, right? So, do you think you will be protected from the attack of these dangerous pathogens? Think again!

5. Higher Chances Of Developing Osteoporosis:

Red meat is a good source of protein. However, the saying ‘too much of anything is good for nothing’ is apt here. Excessive ingestion of protein is known to deplete the bone of required calcium levels. A calcium deprived bone is at a higher risk of being brittle and developing osteoporosis.

6. Attack Of Escherichia Coli:

Wait! This one is most commonly found in unpasteurized milk, but you can also find the same in red meat as meat is sourced from cattle too. You never know if your favorite hamburger has been made from a single cow’s meat or from tit-bits of meat from various cows. This actually accentuates the risk associated E. coli infection, which in turn could trigger dysentery and cramps.

7. You Might Be At A Higher Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes:

A diet rich in red meat is known to elevate the risk of type II diabetes, says a study that appeared in JAMA Internal Medicine. A daily intake of 3.5 oz red meat could increase the Type II diabetes risk by about 19%.

8. Do Not Put Your Brain At Risk:

According to a study conducted by UCLA, excessive iron is not good for your brain. And, your favorite red meat has a whole load of iron in it. As the iron gets accumulated in the brain, the myelin enwrapping the nerve fibers is damaged. This hampers with the communication potential of the brain, which in turn leads to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

9. The Hormones Are Not Good You:

Women are at a higher risk of developing various health issues, including breast cancer and extremely high infertility levels from the ingestion of these hormone laden meats. According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, women who ate 1.5 servings of red meat daily had 200% more chances of developing hormone-induced breast cancer than women who had less than 3 servings of the same per week. Plus, certain growth hormones, which are used to facilitate faster growth in livestock, leaves the women at the risk of infertility.

10. Do Not Hurt Animals:

This one is an appeal to your conscience. Mother Earth has countless fruits and veggies in her treasure trove. Why hurt the animals? So, next time you purchase that hamburger, think again!

These 10 reasons are enough to turn a hardcore meat eater into a herbivore! Reconsider your menu today and make a healthier choice!

Do you eat red meat? Do you have any specific reasons for eating red meat? Share your views with us in the comments section below.

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