A large portion of the world population does consume meat on a regular basis. In the past tribal people had to work hard to find meat. They need to make teams and go for hunting in the forest, then they need to cook it, and share the meat among themselves. As you can imagine its quite a hard task to get a piece of meat into their diet. It’s not every day you get to eat meat back then. But things have changed now, there are restaurants everywhere in the cities, just a single phone call is enough to get yourself a piece of meat.
If you got enough money, you can have three courses of meat a day without any fuss. On the other side, there are new diet methods like paleo that are emerging out of nowhere, which advises people to ignore carbohydrates and to go with fat rich foods and meat. These are some revolutionary ideas that have gotten into people’s mind lately. So is it really good to consume meat everyday single day? What could be the consequences of eating meat regularly?
Types of Meat
Meat is a common term we use on a regular basis, but it’s been classified into two types, Red meat, and White meat. Red meats appear red in color before cooking it. After cooking it turns to pale white. Whereas white meat stays white before and after cooking. Meat from goat, cow, pigs most commonly consumed red meats. Fish, prawn, chicken, crabs are most commonly consumed white meats.
What is the difference between red meat and white meat?
Red meats are rich in myoglobin cells. Myoglobin plays a big part in transporting oxygen in the blood into the muscles. Due to this reason, this kind of meat appears red. There is a difference in the level of fat content in both white meat and red meat. White meats have less fat content. Though red meat has high levels of fat content, it is also rich in iron, zinc, and vitamin-B. Iron present in red meat is termed as Heme iron. This type of iron gets absorbed into our body much more rapidly than iron found in plants and vegetables.
Is it a good practice to eat meat every day?
Our body needs carbohydrates, protein, fat, fiber, water, vitamins, minerals and nutrients to stay healthy. Every single one of these is vital for our body to stay healthy. Deficiency of any one of these could lead to problems and diseases.
Our body converts the food we eat into fat and stores it. When we need energy, our body breaks down those fats and converts it into energy. Eating meat every day means our body gets high levels of fat than it actually needs. When these fats get stored in our body, it results in obesity and weight gain. Overweight and obesity is the root cause of high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart diseases.
Meat is rich in saturated fats. It controls the levels of good cholesterol content in the arteries, thereby, it increases the level of bad cholesterol, this could lead to blockages in arteries, thus resulting in problems like heart attack, cardiac arrests, stroke, and other major problems.
Fat content in our body is stored in the liver, it is the work of the liver to convert these fats into energy. If liver starts to store excess or high levels of fat, the liver starts to get damaged. This could lead to liver contraction.
Deep fried meats can be much more dangerous. Restaurants and hotels use nitrate to preserve these meats. When it gets cooked in high flame, it starts to produce carcinogens. Carcinogens are responsible for cancer. Eating these meats can lead to prostate cancer, colon cancer, and stomach cancer. Using the same oil over and over again for deep frying these meats is one of the main reasons for production of carcinogens. So it’s better to avoid restaurant cooked meat at any cost.
Eating meats every day leads to increased levels of protein in our body. Our kidneys do the work of removing these excess proteins out of our body. If the workload on kidneys gets beyond a certain limit, it could lead to kidney problems and in some cases, it could even lead to kidney failure.
Meats have high levels of hormones as well. These hormones can trigger our reproductive hormones, and this could lead to many other unwanted consequences. For example, broiler chickens are injected with estrogen to make them grow faster and to produce more meat. This hormone is responsible for triggering reproductive system in women. Young girls who consume these chickens on a regular basis have high chances of hitting puberty at an early age. Also, a woman who consumes these chickens could have problems like irregular periods, PCOS, and problems with uterus etc.…