Red meat, what's the impact on my health?

in health •  3 months ago

What is red meat? Definition in gastronomy, quoted from wikipedia.com

Red meat is red when raw and dark in color when cooked, in contrast to white meat which is pale in color before and after cooking and dark meat which is dark when cooked

while in nutritional science,

red meat is defined as any meat that has more myoglobin than white meat, white meat being defined as non-dark meat from chicken (excluding leg or thigh), or fish.

Global demand for red meat

As we can see, red meat demand is always on the rise, and it is described to be tastier and juicier. But are we doing any trade off by consuming it too much?

WHAT ARE THE IMPACTS ON HEALTH?


1. Cancer


In October 2015, WHO conducted a research concluding that red meat is probably carcinogenic to human. The most common cancer is colon cancer. Experts from International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization concluded that each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.

*Processed meat = meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking or other processes to enhance flavour or improve preservation

Sources : http://www.thelancet.com/action/showFullTextImages?pii=S1470-2045%2815%2900444-1

The Sun, newspaper agency from Malaysia also agreed with this :

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Why it happen?

According to the National Cancer Institute - a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - cooking meats at high temperatures can lead to the production of heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are chemicals that have been shown to increase cancer risk in animal models.

However, the report from WHO concluded that the role of HCAs and PAHs in human cancer risk is not fully understood, and from their review, there was not enough data to determine whether the way meat is cooked influences cancer risk.

2. Kidney failure


Published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, the study reported a link between red meat consumption and risk of kidney failure. For example, participants who were in the highest quartile (1/4) of red meat intake were found to have a 40 percent increased risk of kidney failure, compared with those in the lowest quartile percent.

Supported by : http://jasn.asnjournals.org/content/early/2016/07/13/ASN.2016030248.abstract

3. Heart disease


It is well known that cholesterol is the number one factor in heart disease. Red meat are usually bundled with thick layer of fat. This directly leads to heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions

Takeaway from the research done in Sweden :

Men who consumed ≥75 g/d processed meat compared with those who consumed <25 g/d had a 1.28 higher risk of HF incidence and 2.43 (95% confidence interval, 1.52-3.88, P trend<0.001) higher risk of HF mortality

*HF means heart failure, the most severe stage of cardiovascular disease. It basically means your heart is unable to pump and support your body circulation.

Sources : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24926039

4. DIverticulitis


Diverticula is the formation of one or multiple sac in the line of colon's wall by inflammatory process, which is termed diverticulitis. Its dangerous because it may lead to perforation, abscesses and peritonitis ( which means inflammatory of peritoneal layer)

This is supported by a study quoting :

Compared with men who reported eating low quantities of red meat, those who reported eating the highest quantities were found to have a 58 percent greater risk of developing diverticulitis.

Points to takeaway :
Eat in moderation of red meat, don't overconsume meat products especially processed meat. Plant based diet is highly advisable to replace meat demand. It might not be that appealing than meat, but it's the long way investment for your healthy.

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thanks for the post @tngflx. I am a 10 year early stage 4 throat cancer survivor and red meat is right near the top of my 'don't eat' list, just down the list from sugar and soda pop.

Be smart, if you have to eat meat > kosher is best [Moses nailed this one thousands of years ago], organically raised is very important [to avoid all the chemicals that the animals consume and the meds they are raised with], and eat it with thanks [after all another living being gave its life that you may enjoy your meal], eat joyfully [it's good for the digestive tract] and try to eat it sparingly.

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Wow thanks for educating me too. Im so happy for you that you survived through that. I had an uncle who was unfortunate enough cause of bad diet. Thyroid cancer is genetic cause. However it is not easy at all to go through this. Keep living happily thats the most important thing in life)

I eat tons of red meat, and will continue doing so despite the risks!

Thanks for the info!

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Thats a bad choice but I cant change everyone.

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That's true - focus your efforts on those that can be saved - the rest of us are dooooooooomed ;-)

I don't eat a lot of red meat. But when it comes to rendang and stew, it needs to be beef for me. Good research and write up!

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It will be insane not to eat meat at all, but always consume in moderation! Thanks and stay tune for more to come!

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Oh yes. I wholeheartedly believe in moderation. 😊

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everything in moderation - especially moderation !

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Oh yes. Everything in moderation is key!

The centre piece meat...looks like maggie mee.

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Haha good observation.

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Shows u i have unhealthy tendency towards meat. 😊😊

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Good! Be vegetarian haha

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Cannot la brother. I am carnivorous by nature.

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very nice post and information's on red meat and its effect to our body @tngflx nice one... ver vauable post... keep it up

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Ohh thanks so much for reading it. You guys are my motivation too :)

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Sure and thank you for your good post. Do find time to check my blog posts too 😎

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Nice research. Must resteem and upvote!

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Thanks!! More such research to come))

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Good good. Take care buddy

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@soonmusic
good support fora great post on meat... nice comment...

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Haha...meat lover i am

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Most folks love meat @soonmusic
Do check my blog posts too and find some natural health tips

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I just did. I upvoted some of ur posts as well. Cheers mate

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thanks mate and lets keep steeming hot!

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Ok I admit Ur advice. But will you do when U R a guest on any event and they offer a meal of red meat. I feel embarrassed.
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Taking a little amount of red meat does not make heavy impact on heal as I guess.

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Hah i know the kindness and passion of the inviter. But say no for a few times will never harm the relation. Just be honest to them what you try to do. I dont think they will oppose that :)

you just made my favorite food scary !!

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Sorry though. But its the reality. I myself love meat too. But discovering this made me to be more careful with my diet.

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Excellent post, educational and well done! Upvoted, resteemed and followed you @tngflx

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Thanks man. Followed you as well :)

I disagree with this, and have a much broader, more cynical, take on it.

In October 2015, WHO conducted a research concluding that red meat is probably carcinogenic to human.

This is the same WHO advocating hiv infected people, chemical death.
A recent post with just one example.
https://steemit.com/blog/@lucylin/the-hiv-aids-con-and-100-s-billions-of-dollars-taken-from-the-taxpayer

Moving on....

They are an arm of big pharma - including the 'scientists' who are paid by them for research.

Chemical, and additives - cancer causing?- maybe - not the delivery system - meat.

Kidney failure?- the organ that purifies things like chemicals and additives out of your blood - Its logical they would fail, if being overworked for year after getting rid of toxic substances.

It is well known that cholesterol is the number one factor in heart disease.

It is well propagandized that cholesterol is the number one factor.

Or is the cholesterol, doing its best to stop inflammation in the blood vessels? That's the job of cholesterol. We would instantly die, without it.

Due to the public being deceived into switching fats ?( a crisco advertising ploy in the 1900's)
From saturated fats, to unsaturated.

(clue - every cell in our body is surrounded by a layer of saturated fats. If not are available it will attempt use other - less quality- fats to do the job - unsaturated fats. This causes inflammation on the cells.
Mr. Cholesterol gets its marching orders to cover the cells, to cool the inflammation)

We have been sold, and continue to be sold - a total con, on nutrition, and the damaging effects of foods. One that it purely motivated by a big pharma industry thats pays fo rsaid research.

They want us perpetually ill, and to be taking their drugs- for life.
Ill people are very profitable.
Healthy people means their business will collapse.
Follow the money, and then see who's lying. It tends to correlate..

............just sayin'

Meat is good for you, the problem is factory farmed meat