Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Is Eating Red Meat Good or Bad for Your Health

Prepared meat is very, very appealing to the eyes and taste very delicious when eaten but should we really eat meat the way our body desires it.
A healthy intake of protein is essential for the general growth, maintenance & repair of the body. For the proper development of the muscles, bones, cartilage and blood a healthy intake of protein is recommended. Protein is very, very important for the human body to grow and function properly but it has to be taken with caution depending on your age. Children require a large amount of protein due to the fact that they are still growing compare to adults and the elderly.

Meat whether red or white is composed mainly of water, protein, amino acids and fat & essentially prevents zinc and iron deficiency in the body. Low levels of iron in the body can lead to anemia which can manifest with symptoms such as fatigue, headache, inability to concentrate and touchiness.

Red meat for instance, contains vitamin B6, which is vital for normal immune function & helps to regulate blood sugar levels, & B12 a building block for red blood cells & the DNA inside the cells.

Red meat is also rich in iron, a component responsible for the metabolism of energy, cognitive development in children, formation of red blood cells and transportation of oxygen in the blood. The body cells can't survive without iron.

However we must exercise caution when consuming red meat as high consumption of red meat can lead to production of high levels of uric acid, which causes gout ( a metabolic disease marked by a painful inflammation).

According to medical experts, high levels of iron in red meat can have undesirable effects on a person's health as he ages though this is not the case for growing children.    

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