Whether eating meat or wholly abstaining from it is an individual choice. Although some people can’t even imagine the idea of giving up their meat, others have come to the point in life when they realize that the vegetarian lifestyle is much healthier.
The cancer department of the WHO (World Health Organization), the International Agency for Research on Cancer has published an astonishing report in October 2015, in which 20 year old studies were displayed regarding the cancer-factor potential between the two most popular types of meat – red and processed met.
Red meat presents a various variety of muscle meat like pork, mutton, beef, lamb, veal and horse meat.
Processed meat includes meat that’s been processed through curing, salting, smoking and fermentation, not being in its natural state anymore. Examples for processed food include beef jerky, ham, pastrami, sausages, salami, hot dogs, canned meat and meat sauce and burger patty.
Judging by the report, frequent consummation of processed meat is connected with colorectal cancer. Experts in the field assure that a person who eats 50 grams of processed meat daily, increases the risk of getting this type of cancer. This is further explained in the research that, while eating processed meat hasn’t been proven as carcinogenic, it increases the risk when a person constantly consumes other types of meat, along with processed meat.
Although the nutritional properties of non-processed meat is a logical thing to consider, the health risks are incomparable to the benefits, particularly having in mind the abundance of vegetarian substitutes able to provide the same nutrition.
However, before you make your decision regarding your diet and health, it’s very important to get informed above all else. Either deciding to completely remove meat from your diet or just cut back, you should know what influence it has on your body.
Keeping your heart healthy
When your body is attacked by a disease-causing bacteria or viruses inflammation is your body’s natural defensive mechanism against it. However, specific foods such as meat are inflammatory, hence making the inflammation persistent. This usually serves as a base for various major diseases, as well as heart diseases.
According to a 2015 study which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, when you eat red meat your body responds to the Neu5Gc molecule (which cannot be produced in the body but found in red meat) by starting inflammation in the body as an immune response. Eating red meat regularly forces your body to keep this response, making the inflammation persistent.
But that’s not all; according to a 2013 study published in Nature Medicine, red meat contains an essence called L-carnitine which causes clogging of the arteries when interacting with intestinal bacteria. This is the most common cause for deaths associated with heart diseases.
Vegetarian diets are mainly anti-inflammatory and help in protecting your heart.