Health, veganism

Facts about meat consumption II

A few months ago I wrote an article about why consuming meat is bad for ourselves, the environment and of course the animals. As it is way harder to change habits for something, that is not US – like the earth, the sea or random cows, one doesn’t even know personally, I will start with US, with OUR health.

Cancer, especially in the stomach, colon and liver, is often caused by meat consumption.
Particularly nasty are red meat, sausages and cold cuts.
Sausages and cold cuts contain a lot of nitrite. This further develops into nitrosamine, which is HIGHLY carcinogenic.

Red meat contains a carbohydrate with the name Neu5Gc, which is a component of many living beings on earth, but NOT humans.
This carbohydrate is mainly processed by our liver. It has shown that it’s 5 times more likely to develop liver cancer, because of red meat consumption.
As our body is very intelligent, it builds antibodies against Neu5Gc, because it’s identified as foreign matter. Our body does that every time we consume red meat and this production of antibodies against the Neu5Gc leads to a chronicle, systemical inflammation. (Systemical means in the whole body).
Furthermore the WHO (world health organization) graded red meat to be as carcinogenic as tobacco.

As well as meat, milk products are responsible for a huge imbalance inside our bodies.
Especially cow milk contains way too much estrogen for the human body, this can provoke prostate and breast cancer.
The high level of estrogen is caused by the industrial milking process in mass production. (called “concentrated animal feeding operations”)
The cows in mass production are milked up to 300 days a year, even during their pregnancies (when the estrogen level is 33 times higher than normal).

This post should not be any offense against people who consume meat or milk!
This should only encourage you to investigate your consumption habits.
And as always, it’s not about hop or drop, go for that special-occasion-steak if you feel like it, but replace it with something else in your daily life.
Get curious and creative and find new habits, new tastes and with it a healthier lifestyle.

 

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Facts about meat consumption

  • livestock farming is one of the leading causes of deforestation as well as water pollution – 14.5% of all global greenhouse gas emissions are caused by it.
  • if every person on this planet went vegan we could stop crossing the 2 degree mark of climate change, which will probably be reached in 12 years if everything stays the same.
  • methane is over 80 times more potent at warming the planet than CO2 – so livestock farming is playing a big role in climate change.
  • ham, bacon and salami are proven to higher the risk of getting cancer significantly.
  • most soy is not consumed by vegans/vegetarians, but by meat eaters, as they (indirectly) take it in with their meat, as soy is the major food for cattle, hens and pork.
  • the average EU citizen consumes about 60 kg of soy yearly (via meat consumption), which leads to deforestation around the world, as soy for animals is mainly imported.
  • for the production of one single beef patty, you could shower for 90 minutes.
  • 100g of beef results in about 100kg of greenhouse gas
    100g of organic tofu results in about 3.5 kg of greenhouse gas
  • Veggies that pack more protein than meat:
    – Black beans (1 cup equals 50g pork or 80g chicken)
    -Almonds (1/4 cup equals 1 cup of full fat milk)
    -Buckwheat (1 cooked cup equals one cooked egg)
    -Organic Tempeh (18g equals 100g chicken)