October 23, 2015

Is Red Meat Safe?

You may have heard the recent claims by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that red and processed meats aren't safe to eat. At first this can be a bit alarming. However, there are a few things to consider before eliminating red meat from your diet. IARC's main goal is to find and report potential carcinogenic items in a one-sided manner. In fact, of the 940+ products that IARC has studied, only 1 item was found to be completely safe—an ingredient used in yoga pants. Things like sunlight, breathing air, aloe vera, alcohol, working night shifts (just to name a few) are all categorized in the same bracket as red and processed meats.

Several vital nutrients to the human body—protein, iron, zinc, and B vitamins—are found in red meat.

What IARC doesn't share is that several vital nutrients to the human body—protein, iron, zinc, and B vitamins—are found in red meat. Research also shows that those who follow a Mediterranean diet eat twice as many processed meats as Americans, yet they have some of the longest life expectancy in the world.

In response to the IARC study, later the same week, the World Health Organization (WHO) clarified that red and processed meat can be part of a balance diet when enjoyed in moderation, and promised to review meat’s place in a healthy diet in 2016 in response to the IARC alarmists claims.

We encourage you to explore the health benefits of eating red meat as part of a balanced diet and make your own decision.

To learn more about other common misunderstandings about meat, visit Meat MythCrushers.