Eating meat or abstaining from it completely is a personal choice. While some people cannot even fathom the thought of giving up meat, others may realize a vegetarian lifestyle is healthier and more sustainable.
The cancer agency of the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Agency for Research on Cancer, published an alarming report in October 2015.
The report, based on studies conducted over 20 years, assessed the cancer-causing potential of two of the world’s most popular varieties of meat – red meat and processed meat. Red meat includes all kinds of muscle meat, such as beef, pork, mutton, lamb, veal and horse.
Processed meat includes meat that has undergone processes, such as salting, curing, fermentation and smoking, and is no longer in its natural state.
Processed meat includes pastrami, salami, beef jerky, sausages, ham, frankfurters (hot dogs), burger patty, canned meats and meat sauce among other things.
According to the report, regularly eating processed meat is associated with colorectal cancer. The experts said that a person who consumes 50 grams of processed meat each day increases his or her risk of developing this cancer.
The experts further clarified that while eating processed meat alone isn’t as carcinogenic, the risk increases when a person regularly eats other kinds of meat in conjunction with processed meat every now and then.
While the nutritional benefits of non-processed meat is a valid consideration, the health risks for someone who regularly consumes meat outweigh the benefits, especially considering the ample vegetarian substitutes capable of providing the same nutrition.
When it comes to your diet and health, it is extremely important to make a well-informed decision.
Whether you decide to eliminate meat from your diet or simply cut back, you must know how it will affect your body.