Consumption of red meat has been linked to an increased risk of certain diseases like heart disease and cancer. For this reason, red meat is often labeled as bad for the health and therefore should be avoided.
In many households, red meat is a food staple and consumed on a daily basis, however, due to the bad reputation red meat has, for the health-conscious individuals, less of it is eaten or maybe none of it. Red meat includes goat, pork, lamb, mutton and beef, but is it really bad for your health? Does eating red meat really put you at a greater risk of certain diseases?
There have been quite a number of studies on the effects of red meat consumption on the body but most do not agree on their findings. This can be quite a challenge especially if you are mindful of your diet and conscious of your health. So, to help make things easier, here are some facts about red meat you should know:
- Red meat is rich in iron and it contains a number of vitamins and minerals necessary for a healthy, balanced diet
- Some types of red meat are high in saturated fat, which raises cholesterol levels. When cholesterol levels become too high, it increases the risk of heart disease
- Several studies agree that consumption of red meat can increase the risk of cancer, especially colorectal cancer
- Processed meat (any type of meat preserved by smoking, curing or salting, or with the addition of chemical preservatives) is established to be bad for the health. Studies agree that it increases the risk of cancer as well as other diseases
It might therefore be safe to conclude that you do not have to completely eliminate red meat from your diet if you do not want to as it provides essential nutrients for your body. All you need do is to choose the leaner ones with less fat and do not eat them all the time, and when you do eat them, ensure it’s in small portions.