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Health Concerns Associated with Beef

Beef offers our bodies a very important nutrient - protein. Protein is used to fuel our bodies by building new cells, maintaining tissue and creating more protein in order to facilitate optimal functioning. This nutrient is as important to the human body as water and food. In such a situation, a question that arises is - if protein is so good for the body, then why is it that a protein-rich food, namely beef, is labeled as being harmful?

It is not the actual consumption of protein that is bad for the body but its source. Protein can be found in a variety of food groups, beef being one of them. Also referred to as ‘red meat’, it is this source of protein which remains suspect in terms of health. There are several health concerns that have been proved to be associated with the consumption of beef. In fact, studies have shown that those with a hefty appetite for red meat are actually risking their lives.

Consumption of beef has been associated with several medical conditions namely diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and obesity just to name a few. However, this is a highly sensitive subject where researchers are concerned mainly due to the fact that the studies performed seem to contradict each other. For example, Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health led a research team to evaluate the mortality risk associated with eating red meat. During the course of their study they evaluated over 37,000 men and over 83,000 women. These men and women had no health concerns associated with cardiovascular disease or cancer at the start of the study.

Every four years each individual was asked to complete a food consumption questionnaire. Not to mention, every two years the researcher gathered other valuable information from the study group such as body weight, nicotine habits, exercise routines and so on. These issues are also noted to contribute to cardiovascular disease, cancer and obesity. Before the study was complete approximately 24,000 of the subjects passed away – while approximately 5,900 of the subjects died from cardiovascular disease, 9,500 were believed to have succumbed to cancer. These were the members of the group who consumed the highest level of red meat.

Meanwhile, other scientists have proved that a diet consisting of substantial amount of red meat is indeed healthy. As per these studies, red meat can actually improve a person’s health and life style if eaten in moderation. Most studies do not separate the type of red meat that the subjects consume, such as unprocessed and processed beef or even foods like bacon or hotdogs.

It does not take a rocket scientist to know that bacon and hotdogs would be detrimental to our health as compared to a clean cut of rib eye or T-Bone. Ask an obese stranger how they managed to gained all the extra flab and the answer would reveal a preference for fast food such as hamburgers, bacon with breakfast every morning or the infamous hotdog. Therefore, health concerns pertaining to beef come down to the kind of meat that is being eaten, like processed or unprocessed as also the manner in which it has been handled and cooked.