Grandmother Says It's Important to Eat Meat, Friends Say Eating Meat Is Bad

The grill is neat and the meat is bought. Grandmother says it's important to eat meat, otherwise you'll get sick and pale. 

Friends say eating meat kills you, or at least does significant health damage. Which one is right? We have gathered the pros and cons, and some recommendations at the end.

Meat health

Pro: Protein found in meat is essential for maintaining the body's tissue.

Against: Studies show that large consumption of meat increases the risk of various cancers, including pancreatic cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer.

Pro: Meat in general and red meat in particular, increases the levels of zinc. Zinc is essential for healthy skin and for strengthening the immune system, and studies show that most children and teenagers now lack this mineral.

Against: Meat is infused with hormones that cause fertility problems and lead to early sexual development in children.

Pro: Red meat is an essential source of iron. Iron is essential for transferring oxygen to the body's tissues, for strengthening the immune system and for producing energy. Animal iron is better utilized by the body.

Against: Meat increases the risk of autoimmune diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and more.

Pro: Meat is a major protein source. The proteins are needed to strengthen the muscles, build cells and heal the organs of the body. The proteins in meat are whole proteins.

Against: Meat damages the digestive tract. The flesh rotates during the process of passing through the intestines and releases toxins that accumulate in the liver and kidneys.

Pro: Eating protein causes a feeling of satisfaction, which helps to lose weight.

Against: Excess protein in meat leads to calcium secretion, which contributes to osteoporosis.

Pro: lean red meat does not contain high levels of fat and cholesterol and provides essential vitamins and minerals.

Against: Meat contains high fat content and is considered high in calories. Eating too much meat can lead to weight gain. The saturated fat in the meat, and cholesterol, causes arterial blockages, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Pro: Red meat is a good source for potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium.

Against: Excess protein in meat causes kidney overload and damage.

Pros: Meat is the best source for B vitamins, essential for maintaining nerve and blood, an excellent source of creatine, essential for energy supply and carnosine, an antioxidant that protects against degenerative processes.

Against: Processed meat, such as sausages, contains a preservative called nitrate, which is known to be carcinogenic.


It seems, as in everything, that the secret is in dosages. Meat and meat products are key components of the western diet. They are rich in essential nutrients, but it is desirable to eat meat at a balanced dosage. Today, it is recommended to avoid processed meats such as sausages and ready-made schnitzels, which contain industrial toxins.

Research shows clearly that an increase in meat consumption increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart disease and cancer. Therefore, before eating, we need to build the menu intelligently.

Here are some recommendations that will allow you to enjoy the health benefits of meat and avoid the damage:

  • Choose lean meats, and choose the thinnest pieces.
  • Turkey meat, especially female turkey, is considered lean and rich in iron.
  • Remove the excess fat around the meat.
  • The skin of the chicken is especially fat. Remove it before eating.
  • Pay attention to quantities - the recommendation today is between 140-170 grams of meat a day. It is recommended to switch to smaller plates and fill them only once.
  • Combine as many foods as possible with fiber, along with the meat - lots of vegetables and fruits, which help digest the meat and process it in the body.
  • Prefer cooking forms without oil. Frying is the least recommended option.
  • Drinking plenty of water helps digest the meat and remove toxins and excess substances from the body.
  • Avoid, or reduce, eating processed meats such as sausages.
  • Choose fresh meats prepared in front of you by the butcher. This is especially true for ground meats.