The skinny on red meat


Outback Steak House

Red meat is being investigated because some scientists think it may cause health issues.

  Public health professionals believe that people should start limiting the amount of meat they eat—particularly red meat. This has sparked a debate with other health officials and the public on whether red meat consumption should be limited for health reasons. 

  Public health professionals believe that red meat causes harm to the body, while meat-eating citizens prefer to continue their eating habits. If you are not aware of the term, “red meat” encompases meat that is red when raw and brown after being cooked.

  For years, meat such as pork and beef have been “under the study of causing illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, and possibly diabetes” says Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz, a writer for Science Alert. Meyerowitz-Katz has conducted research and found information from the US National Library of Medicine which is linked to studies of meat-causing illnesses.  

  The public is starting to say that red meat is perfectly fine to eat, since there is a lack of evidence for scientists to actually prove red meat can cause illnesses. However, information from the Cleveland Clinic suggests that believes people who eat red meat produces a chemical called Trimethylamine N-oxide, (TMOA) a substance created during digestion that could increase chances of cardiovascular disease. 

  TMOA is formed by gut bacteria during digestion. The chemical can be found in the nutrients with overflowing amounts and can increase cholesterol deposits in the artery wall. The artery wall carries blood away from your heart.     

 However, this information might not stop meat-lovers from eating red meat. Junior Sanderson foreign-exchange student, Valeria Guzman, says that though now she eats meat once a week, “back in my hometown I used to eat it every other day.” Guzman is from Pueblo, Mexico, and her eating habits changed once she came to the United States. Guzman says it’s simply because of her host-family’s diet. 

  The issue of meat health has begun to be decided by  peoples’ preferences over science. Many people will continue to consume meat while scientists continue their research. 

  Junior Sanderson student, Margaret Haygood, says “[Meat is] in most things. I need some protein. I know it’s bad for me but I can’t help it,” after asked if she would stop eating meat if a scientist told her it was bad for her health. 

  Overall, nutrition science is a complex study. Scientists have yet to officially prove meat can cause harm to every person, but they are still studying the subject to come to a conclusion. As of now, there is weak evidence that can not conclude whether someone should change their eating diets, since most of the dietary advice is not backed by adequate scientific evidence. Until more research is conducted, most people will continue their carnivorous eating habits.