Many people like a good burger or steak every now and then. But more and more evidence is coming out regarding the dangers of too much red meat. The latest study from NCI ( National Cancer Institute), shows a sharp increase in all cause mortality due to the heme and nitrates found in cooked red meat.
Processed and unprocessed red meats contains heme iron, nitrates and nitrites, all of which are toxic to the system. Excess intake of meats leads to increased mortality especially from chronic liver disease, along with cancer, heart attack and strokc. The nitrates in these meats,which is even higher when they are smoked, are used as preservative sand give the meats their red coloring.They would turn brown faster without them. They also prevent the growth of bacteria on the meat, so it does not spoil as fast.
But when meats are cooked at high temperatures, the nitrates become a form of carcinogen ( caner causing agent). The more red meat you eat the more you expose youself to health risk. The study did not find these dangers with increase intake of chicken or fish. That actually resulted in a 25% decrease in all cause mortality regardless of the amounts eaten.
Nitrates are also found in drinking water and in fruits and vegetables. In these foods nitrates can be helpful in lowering blood pressure. The molecule is not heated and therefore not distorted.
So even if you have no interest in becoming a vegetarian or vegan, consider eating LESS red meat on a daily and weekly basis as a way of decreasing mortality risk.
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