6 Reasons to Stop Eating Red Meat

The future may just be meatless. For the planet. For the animals. For the human race.

With more and more evidence pointing to the carbon emissions created by meat agriculture being the biggest contributor of the human footprint in climate change, ditching animals on our plates may be the answer for the survival of the human race.

If climate change isn’t going to be the culprit for ridding the planet of humans, then cancer and heart disease will.

There are two studies provided in the links above. In the aforementioned cancer study, the results at the bottom of the study reads as followed,

As a conclusion, accumulated evidence of prospective epidemiological studies and their meta-analyses shows that red meat and processed meat convincingly increases CRC risk by 20-30%. Regarding specific red meat subtypes, the association with increased risk was found for beef consumption in two trials (one of them is weakly associated), for pork consumption in three trials and for lamb intake in one trial.

This is a lot to process for the meat-and-potato lovers. Yet, with these two major reasons staring you blankly in the eye, we are going to introduce 4 More Reasons to Stop Eat Red Meat

 Your Body Becomes Less Acidic

Ever have a nice, juicy steak and then feel a rousing touch of heartburn a few hours later?

That is because red meat is on a list of highly acidic foods.

Joining it on this list are foods such as:

  • Dairy
  • Grains
  • Flour
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Refined Sugars
  • Soda

Highly acidic guts are a breeding ground for disease. Increased levels of acid drains on your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness, insomnia, and inflammations. Inflammations are precursors to worse problems such as…cancer and heart disease.

In order to balance out the pH levels in your bodies, you need to consume more alkaline-heavy foods.

These include:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Chestnuts
  • Almonds
  • Tofu
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground Mustard
  • Sea Salt

 Your Skin Clears Up

When 75% of your dinner plate is a heaping pile of protein, you miss out many other micronutrients that are just as, if not more vital than the amount of protein you are consuming.

You need a diet that consists of foods that contain Vitamins A, C, K, and E, and omegas.

Consume more:

  • Kale
  • Salmon
  • Grapefruit
  • Carrots
  • Blackberries
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Blueberries
  • Oranges
  • Spinach

One of the main reasons for these skin problems? Constipation caused by meat. As your colon becomes clogged from processing an exorbitant amount of red meat, toxins remain active in your intestines. This causes your skin to dull.

 You’ll Be Less Bloated

Remember all that undigested meat? That also bloats you. When people sit down and eat their dinner, they are piling on far too much protein.

According to Sally Warren PhD, who is a traditional naturopath from the Metro Integrative Pharmacy,

 “Most portions of meat are more than the actual protein requirement, and these larger portions can be replaced by alternative protein sources that are much lighter in calories, still satisfying, and also easier to digest. A three-ounce serving of beef can be around 170 calories, but a portion of beans can be around 100 calories and tofu around 70 calories, each supplying the same amount of protein.”

Protein-heavy meats are also not very rich in fiber, which helps your body flush out all the waste that comes with the breakdown of foods. There are protein-heavy, fiber-rich foods out there. That is the easiest way to get the best of both worlds.

Here are some foods to put on our plate rich in fiber and protein:

  • Lentils
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Blackberries
  • Pears
  • Almonds
  • Avocadoes
  • Artichokes
  • Split Peas
  • Chickpeas
  • Red Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Raspberries
  • Sunflower Seeds

You Will Lower Your Cholesterol

As we stop clogging ourselves up with red meat, arteries also become unclogged. There are no backups in the colon because all the fiber and micronutrients from fruits, legumes, and vegetables have been guiding all the debris out.

When arteries become thickened from the unhealthy fats contained in processed foods, fried foods, refined sugars, and artificial sweeteners, it ups our levels of bad cholesterol, LDL cholesterol. This is what leads to heart disease.

However, not all cholesterol is bad for you. You need HDL cholesterol, also known as the “good cholesterol, because its main function is to keep LDL cholesterol in check by guiding it to the liver, and out the system.

Trying incorporating more of these high HDL-cholesterol foods:

  • Apples
  • Whole Grains
  • Brown Rice
  • Kidney Beans
  • Tuna
  • Sardines
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Flax Seed
  • Red Wine
  • Avocado
  • Olive Oil
  • Hemp Oil
  • Tofu
  • Seitan

Back to the Important Two

If the above aren’t reasons enough, let us reiterate the link between red meat consumption along with cancer and the environment. After all, we did promise 6 reasons.

CANCER

Red Meat has been classified as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO).

As stated on their website:

This recommendation was based on epidemiological studies suggesting that small increases in the risk of several cancers may be associated with high consumption of red meat or processed meat.

Furthermore, the WHO also warned that some methods of cooking it may contribute to the increased risk of carcinogens.

High-temperature cooking methods generate compounds that may contribute to carcinogenic risk, but their role is not yet fully understood.

So, you will get e.coli, salmonella, or loads of many other diseases if you don’t cook meat, but also may get cancer if you do…

What’s even scarier is that the WHO understand that this is the reason and still cannot fully understand why. The longer we consume meat, the longer we are the guinea pigs.

The most common of the cancers that is linked to red meat consumption is colon cancer. This was confirmed in a report conducted by the Continuous Update Foundation. Research found that people who eat 50 grams of processed meat a day are at 18% greater risk of developing colon cancer.

Scientists believe that there the is a compound in the red color that promotes the growth of carcinogenic compounds. When cooked, the compounds’ carcinogenic characteristics are amplified, intensifying its inflammation formation within the body. As we mentioned earlier, inflammations lead to cancerous cell growth.

Furthermore, processed meat is deemed even more carcinogenic by the preservatives and nitrates added to maintain a longer shelf life, and a better flavor.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Bigger than our health, the red meat industry is the biggest man-made contribution to global warming.

This is just some of the ways the meat industry contributes:

  • Woodlands cut down to create grazing areas
  • Water used to feed animals
  • Methane produced from millions of large animals’ hefty loads of waste
  • Smoke released into the atmosphere from butcher and packaging shops
  • Gas and fuel to transport animals

The Worldwatch Institute states,

Recent analysis by (Authors) (Robert) Goodland and (Jeff) Anhang finds that livestock and their byproducts actually account for at least 32.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 51 percent of annual worldwide GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions.

By cutting down on red meat consumption, you are essentially cutting down your carbon footprint on this planet. The human race needs to start acting now if they want future generations to survive

As research conducted by Oxford Martin School found, that conforming to a widespread vegetarian diet globally now would bring down greenhouse gas emissions by 63% in 2050. Going even further and adopting a vegan lifestyle would bring that number to a whopping 70%.

 

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