Let’s take a look at the risks associated with eating red meat:
1. Eating red meat increases the chance of early death. People who consume four ounces or more of red meat everyday, have a 30 percent increased chance of dying due to heart problems and cancer. Processed meats also seem to double the risk.
2. There is a very strong probability that Mad Cow Disease, which is caused by prions (infectious proteins) found in meat, is responsible for the increased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. Although there is no proof, researchers have stated that many cases of Mad Cow Disease in humans might have been misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease over the last few years.
3. The saturated fat content in meat is also responsible for a higher incidence of heart disease, atherosclerosis, and arteriosclerosis.
4. Recent research has indicated that meat eaters have double the risk of getting colon cancer. Red meat can also increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis and endometriosis.
5. Grazing cattle, feeding them, and protecting them with antibiotics can cause huge environmental changes that can be harmful.
The benefits of eating less meat are many. Although eating meat is the easiest way to get essential vitamins and minerals, a vegetarian diet can do the same with a few tweaks. You can include the same amount of protein in your vegetarian diet by upping your intake of the right vegetarian items. Vegetarians generally live longer and have fewer diseases than meat eaters.
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