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Let’s meet to eat the meat
06 June, 2013
Meat is animal flesh that is eaten as food. Humans are carnivorous species. I would even say that we are omnivorous. Humans have hunted and killed animals for meat since prehistoric times. The advent of civilization allowed the domestication of animals and eventually their use in meat production on an industrial scale – this is at least how it is defined in reference books.
Meat provides good source of protein and other essential nutrients. There are many different types of
meat which is used in our everyday life, and every one of them has its own destination in our kitchens. Meat gives us a variety of B vitamins, including niacin (also known as vitamin B3, nicotinic acid and vitamin PP) and thiamine (water-soluble vitamin of the B complex). B vitamins play an essential role in tissue formation, red blood cell production and nervous system function.
Red meat is part of the daily diet of almost every nation and occupies a central role in family gatherings and social events except those cultures which are inclined towards vegetarian diet. For example, Argentines spend about 10 percent of their salaries on red meat. Although international studies increasingly link red meat to cancer and heart disease, local experts highlight the nutritional value of lean meat in moderation.
Let us have a quick look at pros and cons of eating red meat, which is very popular in Europe, Georgia included:
Benefits:
- High in zinc (essential mineral of exceptional biologic and public health importance), which is important for healthy immune system. As a matter of fact, the Zinc deficiency affects about two billion people in the developing world and is associated with many diseases.
- Good source of other vitamins and minerals, including phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, selenium and b vitamins.
- Contains more iron than most foods and it is more easily used by the body than iron from other sources.
- High-protein diet, based on lean red meat can help weight loss.
Risks:
- Excessive amounts of red meat can lead to a higher risk of osteoporosis (disease of bones that leads to an increased risk of fracture) due to an acid byproduct from digesting very large amounts of protein.
- Increased risk of bowel cancer in people who ate more than two servings of red meat per week.
- High in saturated fat and cholesterol.
- Eating red meat every day can double the risk of Arthritis.
- Mediterranean diet, which is low in red meat, has been shown to decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Recent study found that rating more than one serving of red meat per day can double the risk of breast cancer, especially in young women.
White meat - chicken is a veritable source of protein and is considered to be a healthier choice over red meat due to its low fat content and nutrient density. The white meat merits a high content of Vitamin B3, also known as Niacin. This essential vitamin helps to prevent age-related cognitive disorders. Some excellent low fat chicken recipes which you can add to your dinner repertoire include oven baked chicken teriyaki, grilled tarragon mustard chicken, creamy chicken piccata and candied chicken breasts.
Every doctor recommends to eat less red meat (beef, pork, lamb), to reduce a lot of diseases. I would recommend to eat hard fried white meat without a lot of oil, twice a week. Keep eating natural and useful products, and trust me, you will feel younger and healthier all your life.
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