Should we be eating red meat ?
By Kate Walker on December 06, 2012
There is always something new coming out in the press or the latest celebrity diet that says we should be avoiding red meat but is there any evidence or truth behind this? Is the real cause of obesity and ill health been hidden behind the red meat issue?
How is it that in Argentina they eat more red meat than any other country yet have lower rates of colon cancer than the US? I appreciate you can find statistics to back up any argument. But if you look into it, it's not the meat that is the problem it is the chemicals and processing of the meat that is killing us. We are designed to eat meat. We have eaten meat for thousands of years and for certain tribes and indigenous people meat and animal fat is the only source of food. If it was bad for us we would not have had the correct teeth and stomach acids to breakdown and digest red meat.
What we are not designed for is the manmade chemicals that are in almost all our food. It is the chemicals that are the real problem creating obesity and ill health, not red meat.
Each year we eat, on average, our own body weight in chemicals (dry weight). This is a frightening fact, but with the amount of processing our foods go through in the name of making them ’tastier’, ‘safer’, ‘healthier’, and to give them a longer shelf life; is this really surprising?
All of this is at a cost to our health. It is not possible to say any one chemical is bad for you but if we take the 5,800 chemicals and additives legally allowed and put them all into a human cocktail shaker, YOU, what would be the effect? If we look at the incidence of ill health, from cancer to obesity, I feel it is self evident.
In addition to this, the body does not know what to do with many of the chemicals and toxins as it does not recognise what they are. So, it has to create a fat cell to store them in. This is why we are advised not to eat animal fat that are not organic. Animals, like us, store their toxins (the ones we are feeding them) in their fat cells. So, if we eat lots of chemicals then the body will have to make more fat cells, causing weight gain.
Chemicals appear everywhere from breakfast cereals to prepared vegetables and tinned goods, this is why we are constantly seeing news that another food is bad for us, it is full of chemicals. We cannot escape from them but we can definitely minimise the amount we eat. Cooking foods from scratch will cut out many of the preservatives and stabilises that are found in pre-packed foods. Using organic produce will cut back on the intake of fertilisers and hormones that non organic products are treated with.
We should be looking to eat as we are designed to, like our ancestors did. Foods that are found in mother nature, unprocessed and that contain vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
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