7 Evidence-Based Health Reasons to Eat Meat

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In the past few decades, meat has been blamed for all sorts of Western diseases.

But we’ve been eating meat for a long time and blaming new health problems on old foods doesn’t make much sense.

The truth is… unprocessed, naturally fed meat is extremely healthy.

Here are 7 evidence-based health reasons to eat meat (and be proud of it).

1. We Have Been Designed by Evolution to Eat Meat and Other Animal Foods

Throughout evolution, humans and pre-humans have been eating meat (1, 2).

Our digestive systems are well equipped to make full use of the healthy fats, proteins and nutrients found in animal foods.

There are many claims about meat being able to contribute to serious diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

The main reason for these claims is that meat is high in saturated fat.

However, this myth has actually been debunked quite thoroughly in recent years.

Studies now show that saturated fat in the diet doesn’t raise the “bad” cholesterol in the blood and is not in any way associated with heart disease (20, 21).

In a massive study from Harvard that looked at data from 20 studies with a total of 1,218,380 individuals, they found no association between unprocessed red meat, cardiovascular disease and diabetes (22).

The EPIC study from Europe didn’t find any association either and this study included almost 450 thousand people (23).

However, both of these studies found a significantly increased risk for processed meat.

If you want to avoid chronic disease, then it makes sense to avoid processed meat as much as possible. But unprocessed red meat is perfectly healthy.

 

Sources for this article include:

 

http://authoritynutrition.com/7-evidence-based-health-reasons-to-eat-meat/

 

 

http://www.biblelife.org/vegetarian-deficiencies.htm

 

 

 

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