4 Reasons to Avoid Red Meat

 

Red meat

4 reasons to avoid red meat. Image by KEKO64

Parasites:

I was a teenager in biology class when I first learned of parasites. Looking at meat through a microscope for the first time was the only reason I ever needed to become vegetarian. I remember that day clearly and that was it for me. I was too young to stay successfully veg, however, but I did avoid red meat until I was eventually able to learn enough to become a vegan.

All mammals have parasites, but it’s good to avoid picking up more of these hitchhiking beasts, while avoiding unnecessary and potentially dangerous parasites that live in other animals, such as Trichinosis.

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/20/health/tapeworms-invade-brain/index.html

Date of Death:

I also could never understand why meat never had a “date of death” on the package. For example, if we went fishing together and we cleaned and froze those fish, we would be certain to mark the date on those packages when we put them into your freezer. Yet when we buy meat or fish in the market, we have no idea how long the animal has been dead.

I read recently that the US is sending chicken overseas for processing and then back to the US to sell for food. If we return to our example and imagine taking that fish from our freezer, shipping it to China, then back to the US, then by the time it returned to your freezer in the US, would you eat it after that long journey?

Personally if I’m going to eat something that’s dead, I want to know how long it’s been dead and hanging around. Ew!

risks

Avoiding 2 Diseases of Lifestyle, Cancer and Diabetes:

Financially and physically diseases of lifestyle can be devastating not only for the individual but for their loved ones as well. Diseases of lifestyle are diseases that can be avoided/prevented by changing our lifestyle. Let’s look at some of the latest research.

Cancer

Read this fascinating study to learn how a possible tumor-forming sugar called Neu5Gc can cause spontaneous cancers:

http://health.ucsd.edu/news/releases/Pages/2014-12-29-sugar-molecule-in-red-meat-linked-to-cancer.aspx

Also let’s not forget that obesity can play a role in cancer risk and that red meat contains animal fat and cholesterol, which can contribute to obesity.

Diabetes

Diabetes and the complication from diabetes can cause a person to lose their eyesight, toes and limbs.

http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/29/8/1777.abstract

How to Get Started?

  • You can try participating on Meat Free Monday.
  • You can watch the movies Vegucated, Forks over Knives or Earthlings (graphic) for inspiration and education.
  • You can join HappyCow.net, a global directory for veg* food, stores and restaurants.
  • You can use my cookbooks and I have some great free recipes online.

 

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34 thoughts on “4 Reasons to Avoid Red Meat

  1. I don’t eat meat too often but can’t quit it completely. Besides if you look at just about ANYTHING through a microscope, guess what you’d see. I mean anything including veggies. Or the door handle you just touched. Or your car. The world isn’t sterile.

  2. hey. Thanks for taking the time to view my Blog, dragthepen.worpress.com. Thsi posting just supports what I was told about armful effects of red meat and it connection to the cause of many diseases. I am happy to announce that I am free from red meat for more than 15 years. I am 51 years old and I feel great. Keep pushing for better health and eating habits.

  3. What an impressive post. I became a vegetarian decades ago, primarily because I like my animals on-the-hoof, but after reading this, I am extra glad I made that choice.
    Thank you for the visit. Travel safe on your path 🙂

  4. What is a safe way to cut red meat out of your system? I seem to keep making myself sick, probably shocking my system when I try to stop cold turkey.

    • VDek please see a doctor if you are sick. I would recommend journaling what you are eating instead of meat. I created Michele the Trainer’s Success Journal (available on Amazon)and you can share your tracking with your doctor as well.
      What are you eating that is not meat? I have never heard of someone feeling bad from eliminating meat, but often people can have food allergies to many different foods. If you’d like to book a session to discuss privately with me please let me me know. Hope that helps

  5. Awesome information here. I also was a vegetarian for 15 years, and my husband became a vegetarian then vegan. One year after him I was ready– and I have no idea what took me so long. I love my diet. 🙂 I am happy you found one of my blogs and glad to have found you as a result. 🙂 Looking forward to reading more.

  6. I eat meat, though I don’t eat red meat; I generally eat meat from animals I could and would and have killed. I also have meat free days. Soya or Quorn mince is much better than beef mince for lasagne and spaghetti sauces. Additionally I find fish very good and much healthier than meat options, plus I’ve caught, killed, gutted and cooked fish a few times in the past, so I don’t feel I’m being a hypocrite eating a fish. There are plenty of protein options other than red meat and let’s face it naturally we wouldn’t kill something as big as a cow if we were ‘living wild’. Birds and small mammals would be a more likely choice of meat and actually are for people who for one reason or another are having to live off the land. I’d finally say that nuts especially and certain high protein fruit and veg are more natural to humans. I think people need to get back to hunter gathering ideas in terms of what they eat and when they eat, but then we all need to get back to hunter gathering anyway, it’s a much healthier and more stress free life, if a little more dangerous. LOL

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