Health Hazards of Excessive Red Meat Intake

Health Hazards of Excessive Red Meat Intake

Eidul Azha is celebrating across Muslims worldwide. It's not just a Muslim festival by which Muslims remember the sacrifice made by Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) but they also enjoy different meat dishes according to their country’s traditions.

Red meat has many vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that our body needs. It can be a good source of iron, protein, B vitamins, zinc. However, it can create serious health hazards if taken in excess.

How often should we eat red meat?

We should try to limit our red meat consumption to 1 to 2 servings per week (6 ounces or less). However, in case of heart disease or high cholesterol, red meat intake should be less than or equal to 3 ounces per week as per a recommendation.

Even it is advised for people with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or a family history of cardiovascular disease to try to eliminate most, if not all red meat

Following are the most serious health hazards of eating red meat in excess:

Eating meat increases the risk of type 2 diabetes

As per a report published by ‘JAMA Internal Medicine’, with the passage of time, eating red or processed meat can increase the chances of developing ‘type 2 diabetes’. 

Red Meat puts our brain and colon at risk

Meat is a rich form of iron that, when eaten in excess, can increase iron levels in the brain and may raise the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, as per a recent study from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles).

Meat contains harmful hormones

Red meat also consists of hormones that boost breast cancer risk, as per a large study of over 90,000 women published in the ‘Archives of Internal Medicine’. Women with over 1.5 servings (approximately 6 ounces) of red meat per day had almost double the risk of suffering from hormone-sensitive breast cancer as compared to women who ate 3 or fewer servings per week.

Eating red meat hardens blood vessels

A red meat compound called carnitine has been found to cause ‘atherosclerosis’, the clogging or hardening of the arteries, as per a study published in the journal ‘Nature Medicine’

Read more: Biological Links Between Eating Red Meat and Cancer

Eating too much red meat could be a cause of cancer

According to research, regularly eating red meat and processed meat can increase the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers, especially colorectal cancer.