Health Insights: Eating red meat linked to early death

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Asunta Simoloka

Asunta Simoloka

By Asunta Simoloka

In my last article I referred to maheu as a modernized version of chibwantu.

A reader commented that maheu has always been around and is not a modernized form of chibwantu, I want to clarify that I was referring to the industrially produced maheu sold in the store, not the home made maheu that uses a traditional recipe.

Some readers also felt that the article left out important aspects of chibwantu drink, I have taken note of all comments and future articles will address all the points that were brought up.

Red meat

Red meat

Red meat

Red meat is classified as meat from four legged animals. Considering the adverse health effects of eating red meat, it is no surprise that numerous studies are linking red meat to early death.

It turns out saturated fats are not the only reason red meat is bad, even lean meat contains high levels of harmful substances and red meat gets even unhealthier when it is made into processed meats like ham, bacon, salami, and hot dogs.



Compounds in red meat damage pancreatic beta cells that produce insulin, impairing the body’s ability to make and use insulin optimally and making diabetes more likely or worsening it if it already exists.



The rise in cancer rates, particularly colorectal cancer, has also been tied to eating too much red meat which produces cancer causing compounds and kills healthy intestinal bacteria, or probiotics, whose activities not only protect against colorectal cancer, but also kill cancer cells and deactivate cancer causing agents.

Furthermore, red meat is high in carnitine, converted by the body into a substance that stiffens and damages blood vessel walls, resulting in high blood pressure and heart disease.

Eating red meat also triggers a cycle of major body imbalances including systemic inflammation, sluggish metabolism, poor digestion, and increased belly fat and contributes to early aging, bad breath, smelly sweat, and unpleasant body odor.

You do not even have to go meat free; significantly reducing red meat can improve your health tremendously. Remember that by eating bad foods in excess we treat our own bodies as dump sites.


7 Responses to Health Insights: Eating red meat linked to early death

  1. In this world, i have come to realize that not everything works out for everyone. There are some people who are chain smokers and have lived above 90 years old while some non-smokers have only lived not even above 60 years. There are some vegetarians who fail to go beyond 70 years old while some non vegetarians have lived beyond 90 years and still very fit and strong. My grandfather is in fact one of them. Yes observing diet is good but most often, long life, excluding external factors such as accidents and disease, is in a person’s genes.

    There are families which live up to very old age above 90 years old whether they observe diet or not and those which don’t no matter the effort. That is a painful reality. In as much as diet is good, most chronic sicknesses such as cancer, BP, Diabetes, usually run in families. The article is informative though.

    September 7, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    • my dad is approaching 90 years and he is a serious meat eater.

      September 9, 2013 at 10:47 am

  2. Emmy, I like your analysis and I agree with you 100 percent.

    mathews katebe
    September 7, 2013 at 2:18 pm

  3. Hi… red meat is good, don’t mislead readers by copying and pasting crap from wikipidea and learn to quote scientific references for such alarming articles

    September 7, 2013 at 3:21 pm

  4. It may be true.

    Kobby Chali
    September 7, 2013 at 7:58 pm

  5. It z very true plz lets not try to protect ourslvs becoz we like it. The truth of the matter z that it causes cancer.

    September 8, 2013 at 8:02 am

  6. The trouble here is that as dark skinned people and specifically Africans we have not bothered to carry out research on what is good for our own kind. We copy and take for fact that what is bad for the Caucasian is also bad for us. The body’s functions and systems may be the same for the human race but the environment one finds themselves in is a big determinant on what the body can live with. Is too much white meat (fish) good for the Eskimos? Maybe not but they find themselves in an environment where they have to eat a lot of fish and their body systems must have a way of maintaining balance. It is how one prepares the meat that makes it dangerous. Haven’t we been told many times that cooking our foods very well, i.e. boiling it longer destroys the nutrients? Whither then? Tell our Maasai and Ngoni colleagues that meat is not good for them! I believe it is the advances in Genetic modification that is bringing the dangers

    September 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm

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