One of the oldest health debates when it comes to food consumption is the red meat debate. Time and time again, scientists have continued to discover new findings that tend to pose the question, is red meat good or harmful to you? In 2015, the WHO (World Health Organization) labeled processed meats as carcinogens. Foods labeled as carcinogens show evidence linking cancer in humans. Over the past two decades, the United States has shown an increase in red meat and processed foods. According to a report published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2018, consumers have eaten a total amount of 222.2 pounds per person. Previous data showed consumers ate a total amount of 216.9 pounds per person back in 2004. With the rising increase in meat consumption, health dangers are a concern.
Red meat does contain some health benefits like protein, vitamin-B12, and iron. While red meat contains vital health benefits, there are some health concerns. Red meat has been linked to heart diseases, various types of cancers, kidney failures. Processed red meats like hot dogs, salami, and bacon all carry the risk of serious health problems. Most food companies use nitrite which preserves the meat but has links to cancer and other problems.
As more and more studies come to light, there is a common link to nitrite and health. Researchers and scientists have continued to study the effects nitrite has on our health. In the UK, health officials have taken steps to cut down on meat consumption. The government recommends people limit their meat consumption, especially processed meats, to 70 grams daily. Other parts of the world are also trying to limit their meat consumption too. Various studies done have found people who eat less red meat and processed meat tend to have lower risk of heart diseases.
During a recent study, people who added red meat into their diet were 10% more likely to die, according to US National Institutes for Health and the Boston Obesity Nutrition Research Center. Many health organizations have labeled red meat as a known cause of cancer. While many agree with recent findings, a lot of scientists and researchers are still holding out for more data. The line between what’s good for you tends to blur between the meat. Some scientists think the public’s understanding of scientific health is wrong. Recent reports say eating more meat is prone to limiting health risks.
The world is consuming more meat than ever before. There have been major innovations in the way we look at meat. In the past 2 years, the world has seen the shift from meat to imitation meat. Beyond Meat, one of the newest faux meat companies has changed the landscape this decade. Companies like Tyson, Kellogg, Nestle, and Conagra have all tossed their hat into the ring for the crown of the plant-based protein industry. In pop culture terms, fast food chains have begun to offer plant-based products like the Impossible Whopper from Burger King, breakfast sandwiches from Dunkin, and plant-based products at Cheesecake Factory. The plant-based industry is said to be worth more than $150 billion. As meat continues to dominate, people look to alternatives for relief.