Reasons Why Eating Meat is Bad for You

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Viral News Boy :- The World Health Organization declared processed meat a “carcinogen” that increases your risk of colon or rectum cancer by 18 percent. But it is not just processed meat that poses a health risk.

Though reducing your meat consumption in any form is a great step to take, the fact remains that eating any meat either hormone-free or not, poses several serious long-term risks to your health. Therefore knowing what health risks eating meat poses, so you can make an informed decision for yourself about how much of a risk you feel its necessary to take by consuming animals.

Below are eight reasons Why eating meat is bad for you.

1. It Signifigantly Increases Your Risk Of Cancer

The World Health Organization declared processed meat a “carcinogen” which increases one’s risk of colon or rectum cancer by 18 percent. But it’s not just processed meat that puts you at risk. Eating chickens, cows, and other animals promotes cancer in many forms. Large studies in England and Germany showed that vegetarians were about 40 percent less likely to develop cancer compared to meat-eaters, the most common forms being breast, prostate, and colon cancers. The consumption of red meat during adolescence is usuallyassociated with a 22 percent higher risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer, and that the same red meat consumption in adulthood was associated with a 13 percent higher risk of breast cancer overall.

You should know that meat is devoid of fiber and other nutrients that have a protective effect against cancer. Meat also contains animal protein, saturated fat, and in some cases, carcinogenic compounds such as heterocyclic amines (HCA) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), which are formed during the processing or cooking. Meat also contains hormones, which increase your cancer risk.

2. It Increases Your Risk Of Heart Disease And Diabetes

All dairy products contains cholesterol and saturated fat which contribute to human’s top killers diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and various types of cancer. Saturated fat is present in all meat and fish, even chicken and turkey cooked without the skin.

Study shows that people who eat high amounts of animal protein are 22 percent more likely to develop diabetes. Saturated fat has even been linked to breast cancer, as well as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and cognitive decline. Fortunately, there are many plant-based protein sources that are low in saturated fat and won’t send your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels through the roof.

3. Eating Meat Makes It Harder To Maintain A Healthy Body Weight

Maintaining a healthy body weight depends on what you comsumed.To maintain a lower BMI for your health, it is worth knowing that meat-eaters are three times more likely to be obese than vegetarians, and nine times more likely than vegans. On the average, vegans are 10 to 20 pounds lighter than adult meat-eaters. Vegetarian diets are also associated with higher metabolic rates.

4. Meat Carries The Highest Risk Of Foodborne Illness

Reports has it that 70 percent of food poisoning is caused by contaminated animal flesh. Foodborne diseases, such as E. Coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, cause an estimated 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths each year.

Eating meat puts you at a greater risk for food poisoning because animal products are often tainted with fecal contamination during slaughter or processing. Fecal contamination in chicken, especially, is a major problem. So eliminating animal products from your diet, you will also be eliminating your exposure to the most common carrier of these bacteria.

5. It Causes Erectile Dysfunction In Men

Meat, eggs, and dairy products slow the flow of blood to all the body’s organs. Originally, it was thought that impotence was caused only by anxiety, but according to the Erectile Dysfunction Institute, up to 90 percent of all cases of impotence are actually physical as opposed to psychological, meaning the high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, prostate cancer or inflammations, and hormonal imbalances that eating meat cause, contribute to impotence.

Men with Erectile Dysfunction are advised to couple regular exercise with a diet rich in flavonoids, which are found in fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and apples, that helps to reduce their risk of developing Erectile Dysfunction by over 20 percent. Numerous physicians and nutritionists agree that the best way to prevent artery blockage as well as multiple other conditions that cause impotence is to eat a diet high in fiber, including plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Though, one can still eat these foods along with eating meat, but you are going to have fewer servings over time, and more health risks added into the mix.

6. Most Meat Has Hormones In It

Cattle are fed with pellets full of hormones to make them grow at an unnaturally fast rate. While low levels of naturally-occurring hormones are found in various foods, many scientists are concerned that the artificial hormones injected into cows usually cause health problems in people who eat them. And while organic or hormone-free meat might be a better option, you have still not completely eliminating your chances of ingesting the naturally-occurring sex hormones present in the animals when they were killed. The sex hormones progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen are all naturally occurring in animals, whether they have been given artificial hormones or not. so when you eat these animals, you are also eating hormones.

7. It Make You Resistant To Antibiotics

Factory farms are breeding grounds for antibiotic-resistant bacteria, known as “supergerms.” On farms across America, the antibiotics that we depend on to treat human illnesses are now used to promote growth in animals and to keep them alive in horrific living conditions that would otherwise kill them. This has lead to countless new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria which have developed as a result.

Roughly 70 percent of the antibiotics used in the United States each year are given to animals that are used for food, meaning if you eat meat, you run a greater risk of making yourself antibiotic-resistant. For example Vancomycin, a drug that is known as a “last defense” in fighting the deadly blood infections and pneumonia caused by staphylococcus bacteria, is becoming obsolete because resistant strains have developed in farmed animals which were given the medicine as a growth stimulant.

8. It Increases Your Risk Of Death

In large part because of all the health risks mentioned above, meat eaters just don’t live as long as vegetarians and vegans. Research shows that vegetarians were 12 percent less likely to have died during a six-year followup period than their meat-eating peers. Vegetarian men live to an average of 83.3 years, compared with non-vegetarian men, who live to an average of 73.8 years. Vegetarian women live to an average of 85.7 years, which is 6.1 years longer than non-vegetarian women, as recorded by the Adventist Health Study-2. If you want to live long, cutting out or reducing animals consumption is one of the simplest things you can do.

The best things you can do for your health is to either eat less meat, or cut it out altogether. Instead of contributing to the destruction of your body, the environment, and animals’ lives, you’ll be on the side of health, sustainability, and respect for all living beings.