Eating meat or abstaining from it completely is a personal choice. While some people cannot even fathom the thought of giving up meat, others may realize a vegetarian lifestyle is healthier and more sustainable.
The report, based on studies conducted over 20 years, assessed the cancer-causing potential of two of the world’s most popular varieties of meat – red meat and processed meat.
While the nutritional benefits of non-processed meat is a valid consideration, the health risks for someone who regularly consumes meat outweigh the benefits, especially considering the ample vegetarian substitutes capable of providing the same nutrition.
When it comes to your diet and health, it is extremely important to make a well-informed decision. Whether you decide to eliminate meat from your diet or simply cut back, you must know how it will affect your body.
Here is what happens to your body when you stop eating meat:
Improve Your Heart Health
Inflammation is your body’s defense mechanism against an attack by disease-causing microorganisms and viruses.
However, certain foods like meat are inflammatory and may allow the inflammation to persist. Persisting inflammation is an underlying cause of major diseases, including heart disease.
Neu5Gc is a molecule not produced in the body but found in red meat.
Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body begins resisting insulin, the hormone that controls high blood sugar levels. This leads toType 2 diabetes.
Red meats, especially processed varieties, contain high amounts of sodium, nitrates and nitrites, all of which promote insulin resistance by inhibiting the activity of beta cells responsible for producing insulin.
Relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain
You may have heard people who have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) say that a certain diet proved helpful in alleviating their symptoms.
Studies have shown that certain diets may alter the behavior of microorganisms that play a role in promoting RA pain.
A purely plant-based vegan diet (zero consumption of animal meat and animal-derived products like dairy) was associated with significant weight loss in overweight subjects at regular follow-up periods of 1 to 2 years, according to a 2007 study published in Obesity.
Vegetarian and vegan diets are rich in whole grains, vegetables and fruits that are incredibly rich sources of fiber. Fiber has always been positively related to lower body mass index (BMI) and weight. Moreover, plant-based foods are richer in nutrition and lower in calories.