Eating food that can nourish all of the body requirements is the ultimate need of every living organism. Since the beginning of time, humans are looking for different foods to eat. Meat is one of the earliest forms of meals to fulfill nutrients requirements. However, it imparts so many side-effects to the human body, making it an unsuitable diet to satisfy hunger. However, the world today has an addiction towards meat.
Meat is not good enough to be included in a healthy diet. It is full of fat, particularly unsaturated fat, which is the cause of many chronic illnesses such as obesity, cardiovascular disorders, and even various types of cancer. For instance, red meat is rich in heme iron, which also promotes the formation of the N-nitroso compound. This compound is carcinogenic and causes colorectal (bowel) cancer. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), meat can increases your chances of getting infected with colorectal cancer by 18%.
It is a general perception that only processed meat is hazardous to health, but actually, all forms of meat can be dangerous. Studies from European countries depicted that people who consume meat are at 40% more risk of getting one of the most prevalent types of cancers, such as prostate, breast, and colon cancer.
Eating meat has become a common addiction in our societies, and the worst thing is that meat consumption is increasing over time. Let’s take the example of America, people of this country consumed 98.3 kilograms per person in 2017, and the consumption increased to 100.8 kilos per person in 2018 US Department of Agriculture. According to the article published in Our World in Data journal, more than 800 million tonnes of meat is produced every year. As a global average, the ingestion of meat is also increased from 20 kilograms in 1961 to 43 kilograms per person in 2014.
Knowing the demerits that meat causes to human health and its increasing addiction, it is urgently required to address this issue and give some counseling to common people on how to remove this harmful addiction. The current article describes eight different strategies that can be adopted to get rid of meat-eating habits.