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What are the pros and cons of eating meat?

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asked Mar 31, 2016 in Food and Drink by MollyAnn
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PROS

 

Let's begin with the pros as you want to know why it should be consumed. It is a great source of protein and is going to be one of the purest sources as well. You will be getting a lot of protein in comparison to how much is being consumed. This can help those who are hoping to have protein-rich diets [1].

 

CONS

 

What is not to like about meat? You are not going to appreciate the saturated fats in meat. This can have an impact on your health. The heart takes a toll when you are eating a lot of red meat for example. It is recommended to stick with white meat instead [2].

 

Meat in general is an interesting topic and one you have to be make smart decisions about. Look at the pros and cons and then decide what you want to do.

 

References

 

1) http://www.madforhealth.com.au/the-pros-and-cons-of-reducing-meat-intake/

 

2) http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/nutrition_news_information/is_eating_red_meat_good_or_bad_for_your_health?page=3

answered Apr 1, 2016 by kingusama92 (23,380 points)
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The meat versus vegetarian debate is a heartfelt and passionate discussion. There are arguments to both sides:

Pros:
-Meat is a source of significant protein, perhaps the richest source of proteins among all foods. The typical American citizen gets two-thirds of his or her protein from meat.
-Meat tastes great to many people. Research indicates meat has been a part of the human diet for millions of years.
-It's a source of nutrition. Meat contains concentrations of iron, B vitamins, niacin, thiamin, and riboflavin.  Two-thirds of vegetarians are deficient in vitamin B12 specifically, but only five percent of meat eaters are.
-Planning out meals and diets are easier with meat, because there's so many dishes they can go with or into. Many restaurants either do not cater to vegetarians or vegans, or have extremely limited offerings.

Cons:
-Adverse health effects include cardiovascular issues and heart attack from saturated fats accumulating in blood vessels, although this is predominantly a red meat issue as compared to "white" meats.
-Large amounts of meat, especially red meats, can impact the colon and other organs, increasing the risk of cancer.
-Uncooked, raw, or undercooked meat can result in bacteria, infections, and tapeworm.
-Producing meat destroys environmental resources. Nearly one-third of all ice-free landmass on the planet is dedicated towards raising livestock. This acreage would be far more efficiently used and feed more people if focused on vegetables and fruit instead.

[1]http://vegetarian.procon.org
[2]/http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/all-meat-vs-vegetarian-diets
[3]http://science.time.com/2013/12/16/the-triple-whopper-environmental-impact-of-global-meat-production/
answered Apr 1, 2016 by Topher (27,830 points)

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