THERE are a number of reasons why it is probably a good idea to go vegetarian and swap that steak for a salad.
Eating meat may harden your blood vessels. Some studies have found that a compound found in red meat – carnitine – may cause the hardening or clogging of the arteries, otherwise known as atherosclerosis. It is no secret that some red meats are high in saturated fat, which increases LDL cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.
Furthermore, eating meat increases your risk of developing type two diabetes. According to endocrinologist Dan Nadeau at Hoag Hospital in Irvine, California, 3.5 ounces of red meat daily lead to a 19 per cent increase in diabetes risk.
In addition, meat has been found to be rich in iron and, if eaten in excess, iron can increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, at least according to a study conducted at UCLA. Moreover, excessive consumption of red meat may increase the risk of colorectal cancer in some people.
But it is not just that; meat has been found to impact the environment more than any other food humans eat. Livestock require considerably more land, food, water and energy than plants to raise. In fact, it is estimated that producing a quarter pound hamburger requires at least six pounds of grain and forage, 52 gallons of drinking water and 74 square feet for grazing.