What you don’t know about red meat might hurt you. A compound found in red meat and some energy drinks called carnitine can cause atherosclerosis, which is the hardening or clogging of the arteries, according to a study published in the journal Nature Medicine. Carnitine converts to trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) through bacteria in the gut, upping the risk of cardiovascular problems.
#9 Say No to Ham
Often people assume that beef is automatically worse than pork, but this is false. The worst red meat to consume is ham. Ham has a very high fat content, over more than 7.7 grams of fat – over 2.7 grams of which is the bad variety of saturated fats. It is also sky high in sodium, containing way over half of your recommended daily intake.
#8 Serving Size Should Be Small
If you enjoy a big steak or a pile of pork, you are putting yourself at great risk. The recommended serving size of red meat is just three or four ounces. Believe it or not, that is the size of a deck of cards, not the size of a small tennis shoe.
#7 Charred Meat Causes Cancer
Eating charred meats can lead to cancer of the stomach. Studies have concluded that vegans, vegetarians and those who focus on healthier protein sources such as fish, poultry, nuts, and legumes wind up living longer than those who eat red meat.
#6 Pink Slime
An additive called pink slime is added to meats in the grocery store. Pink slime is an additive made of fatty bits of meat which is then heated, spun and treated with ammonia in order to kill bacteria. The slime is added to ground beef and may allow other pathogens into your body.
Americans are the most obese people on earth and the over-consumption of red meat is a big reason why. Several studies have proven that there is a positive association between meat consumption and risk for obesity and central obesity.
#4 Increased Cancer Risk
A new study from Oxford University shows that eating red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer. Study participants who eat four servings of red meat a week are 42 percent more likely to get colorectal cancer. Those who ate red meat just twice a week were still 18 percent more likely to develop colorectal cancer than vegetarians.
#3 Breast Cancer
Red meat can cause breast cancer. According to a massive study of over 90,000 women published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, those who ate over 1.5 servings (6 ounces) of red meat a day had double the risk of contracting hormone-sensitive breast cancer.
#2 Meat Glue
The meat industry binds smaller cuts of meat with larger ones to create a bigger serving. The binding agent that is used is a meat glue made from transglutaminase. This is an enzyme made by fermenting bacteria. The more pieces that are stuck together, the more cows have combined to produce that cut of meat, meaning bad things for your diet.
#1 The “Good” Red Meat
Healthy red meat exists. If you want to eat healthy meat, go for organic, grass-fed cows and the resulting lean beef. This red meat has more vitamin E, omega-3s and linoleic acids than beef raised by conventional methods. If you want the healthiest of all red meats, opt for pork tenderloin.