Is Red Meat A Good Protein Option?


Is Red Meat A Good Protein Option?

What you eat is what you are, especially in today’s times that are ridden with lifestyle diseases such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and even cancer. Most of these diseases can be avoided and curbed simply by controlling what you eat.

Is Red Meat A Good Protein Option?


Proteins for non-vegetarians

If you are non-vegetarian, meat is a great source of protein in your diet. Red Meat is also a source of certain vitamins and is rich in iron. While this is true too much of anything is bad. This applies to meat as well. This does not mean you have to stay off red meat completely. It just means that you need to moderate your intake of red meat and stick to healthy recipes for the same. Also, today with the commercialization of the food market it is very rare to find foods that are unadulterated by pesticides or hormones. This applies to meat as well.

plan your protein red meat Red meat if consumed wrongly can lead to some of the following adverse effects on your health and well being.

Difficult to digest

As already mentioned the high protein level in meat makes it difficult to break down and be digested. This takes a toll on the digestive system leading to various health problems like- inflammatory bowel syndrome, constipation, stomach cramps, hemorrhoids and many more. It is very important that meat be consumed accompanied by high fibered foods such as whole grains and vegetables. This way it is easier to digest and no harm is done.

Increased levels of cholesterol

Although our body requires a healthy level of cholesterol for its proper functioning, too much intake of meat leads to excessive cholesterol which leads to atherosclerosis- a condition in which plaques build up on the inner walls of the arteries, thereby increasing  multiplying the risk of heart attack and stroke.


In countries that have been blessed with abundance, obesity has turned out as one of the most serious health issues in adults as well as children. Today obesity is treated as a life threatening disease as it can lead to numerous health issues and complications.  Meat has a higher level of total fat, total calories and saturated fats compared to vegetarian food and unless prepared as steamed or grilled food can be very unhealthy to consume on a daily basis.

Causes Diabetes

The high level of saturated fats present in meats increases blood sugar and can be a cause for type 2 diabetes. This increases the body’s insulin resistance, thereby making it difficult for the body to regulate blood sugar.

Should You Think Of Red Meat As Protein Option

Can cause Colon Cancer

Since meat has a high level of protein content it takes longer to be digested. Therefore, it spends more time in the intestinal tract. This can cause damage to the intestinal walls. In extreme cases, the haem present in red meat is broken down to N-nitroso compounds in the gout that damage DNA of the digestive system cells, which can be a cause for colon cancer. Thus too much of meat equals, too much saturated fat. Red Meat is full of saturated fat. When consumed this fat leads to increased levels of cholesterol in our bloody which can transcend into cardio vascular diseases, indigestion and acidity.

Hormonal imbalances

It is unfortunate that today most food is processed and animals are injected with various hormones and antibiotics for optimum results. Therefore, this meat when consumed by humans transfers theses hormones and antibiotics to our blood stream. Over exposure to these hormones can lead to fluctuations in hormones and other hidden side effects.


Meat contains a natural substance called purine that leads to high levels of uric acid in the body, which in turn increases the risk of gout and arthritis. The saturated fat in red meat also aggravates inflammation and muscle pain.

Can cause Alzheimer’s

alzheimer's disease and red meat

The high level of iron in red meat has been linked to the onset of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Although, iron is an integral part of our diet excess of it may promote damaging reaction of harmful free radicals and oxidative stress. Over a long period a red meat rich diet not counterbalanced by fiber and vegetables the excess build up of  iron builds up in the brain which can cause Alzheimer’s and other age related ailments.

Autoimmune Diseases

The immune system is our defense force against the world. Some examples of autoimmune diseases caused by excessive intake of meat are rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and lupus.

All is not lost. For a non-vegetarian (like me) no meat is not a tempting thought. Meat in moderation is not bad at all. In fact it forms an integral part of a healthy diet if consumed in the right proportion as it is a great form of iron, protein and vitamins.

Should You Think Of Red Meat As Protein Option?

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