Why You Should Avoid Eating Meat

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There is so much noise in diet these days. It seems everybody has an angle on how to get healthier. At Doctor living, we always turn of the research. While there is research out there that supports a ketogenic diet or an Atkins diet or a high protein diet, it does so only at weight loss. These diets expose us to potential he harmful high levels of cholesterol which will increase our blood pressure increase her risk of diabetes increased risk of kidney disease and increase her overall risk of death. Not to mention, our bodies become stinky and people feel sluggish. I have personally taken care of numerous patients with complications of the Ketogenic diet.

Return of the literature we find a study call the evidence health study two. This is a health research study that studied nearly 96,000 Seventh-day Adventists in the US and Canada. The Seventh-day Adventist have “unique dietary habits.”[1] In addition, the population is somewhat homogenous. This allows for a good study.

The data was impressive.  Experts from the Loma Linda University school of public health report, “Our data show a progressive increase in weight from a vegetarian diet toward a nonvegetarian diet a 55-year-old female or male that was vegan wait about 30 pounds less in a nonvegetarian male or female of a similar height. Levels of cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, and the metabolic syndrome all had the same trend– the closer you are to being a vegetarian the lower the health risk in these areas. In the case of Type 2 Diabetes, prevalence in vegans and lactose overall vegetarians was half that of nonvegetarians you after controlling for socioeconomic myself factors.”[1]

The study authors also concluded to compared to nonvegetarians vegans and vegetarians “watch less television, slept more hours per night, consumed more fruits and vegetables, consumed less saturated fat, typically ate food to the low glycemic index such as beans, legumes, and nuts.”[1] Overall, vegans and vegetarians in the study seemed to be healthier.

In addition, there have been numerous other studies about this data. One such study found, “a 5-unit BMI difference between vegans and nonvegetarians indicating a substantial potential of vegetarianism to protect against obesity. Increased conformity to vegetarian diets protect against risk of type II diabetes after lifestyle characteristics and BMI were taken into account. Pesco- and semi-vegetarian diets afforded intermediate protection.”[2]

Incidence of heart disease is also significantly lower with those on a plant-based or primarily vegetarian diet. This makes sense, since those on these diets tend to have lower LDL cholesterol, blood pressures and levels of obesity.

Recently, there was compelling evidence released about meat and cancer. The WHO reports that eating processed meat is definitely carcinogenic, meaning that it is a Group 1 classification.[3] This means that there is definite strong evidence that processed meat causes cancer. To put this in perspective, processed meat is in the same category as tobacco smoking and asbestos. It does NOT mean that it is equally as likely to cause cancer or that the risk is identical. The classification is used ONLY to look at the evidence. Meaning there is compelling evidence that tobacco causes cancer and that there is now compelling evidence that processed meat causes cancer. It’s difficult to compare one risk to the other. “Examples of processed meat include hot dogs (frankfurters), ham, sausages, corned beef…beef jerky as well as canned meat and meat-based preparations and sauces.”[3]

Red meat that was not processed was classified as Group 2A, which is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” This means that the evidence was not as strong, but that there was still enough evidence to suggest that it probably increases risk of cancer. The risk is strongest with colorectal cancer.3 Meat was defined as mammalian muscle meat, including beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse, and goat.[3]

Here’s the deal with meat. It increases your risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It increases your weight, substantially. It increases your risk of cancer. This is having said nothing about the environment, which I won’t get into.

People talk about reductions in certain vitamins, such as vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Calcium, and Zinc when you go plant-based. Those are really easy to supplement with a multi-vitamin. The benefits of a plant-based diet far exceed the risks. If you are ready to take the plunge, there are innumerable plant-based cookbooks and resources. Check out our Doc’s Picks here.


[1] “Lifestyle, Diet, and Disease.” Lloma Linda University School of Public Health. https://publichealth.llu.edu/adventist-health-studies/findings/findings-ahs-2/lifestyle-diet-and-disease. Accessed July 9th, 2019.

[2] “Type of Vegetarian Diet, Body weight, and Prevalance of Type 2 Diabetes.” Diabetes Care. 2009 May; 32(5):791-796. Doi: 10.2337/dc08-1886.

[3] “Q&A on the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat.” October 15th, 2019. https://www.who.int/features/qa/cancer-red-meat/en/. Accessed July 9th, 2019.

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