Meat consumption is a matter of serious health concern

“Here in the west, many still eat meat 2-3 times a day, which is both unsustainable for the planet and an amount of animal protein that was never consumed by our ancestors,” Dr. John Douillard.

Here are 7 reasons why you should eat less meat.

#1: The world’s biggest meat and dairy producers emit more combined greenhouse gases than Exxon Mobil, Shell or BP, the 3 top oil production companies, according to a new report by GRAIN (Genetic Resources Action International) and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

#2: Eating processed (deli) meats increases the risk of manic episode, according to a new study published in Molecular Psychiatry.

#3: Diets higher in animal protein, animal fat and cholesterol may be associated with protein leakage into the urine. This is a sign of kidney damage, says Dr. Michael Greger of NutritionalFacts.org

Diseases linked to unhealthful diet and lifestyle choices, such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease are the leading causes of death in the U.S.

#4: In October 26, 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer issued a press release that said that the consumption of red and processed meat was classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” and as “carcinogenic to humans” respectively. The substances responsible of this potential carcinogenicity would be generated during processing such as curing and smoking or when heated at high temperatures.

Another study showed that the way meat is cooked increases its carcinogenic risk. For example, being around a barbecue and breathing barbecue fumes is a significant source of health threats to all participants, standing 6 feet away from a charcoal grill.

Red meat increases the risk of colon cancer and breast cancer in women, according to a study published online in the International Journal of Cancer.

Researchers found that the consumption of organically produced meat does NOT diminish its carcinogenic risk.

#5: Meat consumption increases LDL cholesterol levels and blood pressure levels. And according to the American Diabetes Association, it increases insulin resistance, negatively affects beta cell function and blood glucose levels. 

#6: According to a new study published in Diabetes Care, saturated fat found in animal protein increases the risk of liver disease more than sugar and unsaturated fats.

#7: The journal Stroke published a study of 125, 000 people followed over a period of 22 years. For every 1 to 2 ounces of processed meat eaten per day, there was a 30% increased risk of a stroke.

The truth will set you free!

Dr. Esselstyn writes, “Dietary preference is deeply personal, and one can easily be offended. Nevertheless, the public has a right to know the truth as understood by experts in nutritive biology about what constitutes the safest and healthiest diet.”

Ready to make your health a priority for you and your family? Here are my 7 tips to craft a healthy way-of-life diet.

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