Health: Reasons why you should avoid eating red meat

Recent studies and researchers have shed light on the negative health effects of consuming red meat. Read on...

Red meat intake ups heart failure risk: A harmful chemical in red meat like your favourite steak may put you at acute heart failure risk, suggests a recent research. Red meat is rich in a nutrient called L-carnitine which is broken down by gut bacteria to form the harmful chemical named trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO). In previous studies, TMAO has been association with mortality risk in chronic heart failure but this association in acute heart failure is still unknown. The team of researchers from an university in Britain, measured circulating TMAO levels in approximately 1,000 patients admitted with acute heart failure. The study claims to be the first to investigate association of TMAO levels in acute heart failure patients.

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Prolonged red meat consumption can cause cancer: The World Health Organisation has said that processed meats - such as bacon, sausages and ham - can lead to cancer. In its official statement the WHO said that, 50g of processed meat a day - less than two slices of bacon - increased the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18 percent. red meats were "probably carcinogenic" but there was limited evidence. Processed meat is meat that has been modified to increase its shelf life or alter its taste - such as by smoking, curing or adding salt or preservatives. It is these additions which could be increasing the risk of cancer.

Red meat may advance onset of girls' periods: Researchers have found that frequent consumption of red meat may lead to early onset of puberty which is associated with risks of breast cancer, heart disease, obesity and Type-2 diabetes. Girls who eat red meat often start their periods on average five months earlier than those who do not, the findings showed. Conversely, girls who consume fatty fish like tuna and sardines more than once a week have their first menstrual cycle, or menarche, significantly later than those who eat it once a month or less, the study said.

It may lead to kidney stones: Oysters, red meat, poultry and seafood such as crab and lobsters are rich sources of zinc. High level of zinc, a key nutrient mineral, in the body may contribute to kidney stone formation, suggests a research.

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