This Is What Beef Does To Your Body: 7 Reasons To Avoid Red Meat

We are all unique individuals. Chances are, you’ve heard of that one Uncle that defied every single study out there by smoking like a chimney, eating all the meats and fats available, avoiding exercise, and he’s still approaching 95 while moving around daily like a Spring Chicken.

I get it. But despite Uncle Cletus’ miraculous health, the studies out there still show that the majority of us have cause for concern. Why these studies don’t ever include Uncle Cletus, I’m still unsure. I’ll get back to you on that one…

For the rest of us, it’s important to look at the studies and statistics to see how things like beef may be affecting our bodies.

#1 Red Meat Can Give You a Heart Attack

Cardiovascular Disease is the #1 killer in North America, and claims more lives than all forms of Cancer combined. Every 30 seconds, someone drops down dead from a heart attack. The main cause? Animal fats.

Time and again scientists have demonstrated a connection between eating large amounts of red meat and an individual’s risk for heart disease. Now, a recent study suggests this link between red meat and disease does not JUST derive from the saturated fats and cholesterol, but also the fact that your gut microbes break down meat in such a way that it produces trimethylamine-N-oxide. This has been associated with the fatty build-up in arteries, which in turn may cause a heart attack.

Dietary recommendations for cardiac rehab (post-heart attack patients) always recommend elimination or drastic reduction of red meats.

#2 You Risk Colon Cancer

Quite a few studies have provided evidence of red meat potentially causing colon cancer, and a Harvard study which involved 148,610 participants between the ages of 50 and 74 showed that a high consumption of red and processed meats substantially increased the risk of colorectal cancer.

Harvard said it, so it must be true.

#3 Alzheimer’s Disease, Anyone?

Scientists believe that the cause of Alzheimer’s disease is actually the proteins called Tau and beta-amyloid accumulating in the brain. These disrupt and/or kill important nerve cells.

new study from UCLA, though, suggests that iron accumulation is another possible contributing factor. Researchers found that iron had begun to accumulate in the brains of 31 Alzheimer’s patients. Specifically, they discovered this build-up in a part of the brain which is generally damaged in the early stages of the disease. Red meat is full of iron, and a high-red meat diet can lead to iron build-up.

#4 Bring On The Type 2 Diabetes

Red meat consumption is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Three extra servings of red meat every week increases the risk of developing diabetes by 48 percent!!! So if you’re cooking up that steak and stopping for a burger at the drive thru a couple times, you’ve pretty much got a 50/50 chance of developing Diabetes.

And here you thought it was the cookies that would do you in…

#5 Meat Today Isn’t What It Used To Be

Unlike the burgers that Grandma used to cook up, the meat you eat today has more than likely been pumped full of hormones, synthetic chemicals, and antibiotics. These have all been linked to some of the following problems in humans: birth defects, miscarriages, cancer, and a myriad of other issues.

#6 The Resources Needed to Raise Beef Are Causing Drastic Environmental Consequences

For just one quarter pounder, it takes the following to bring it to your plate:

  • 6.7 pounds of grain and forage
  • 52.8 gallons of water
  • 1,036 BTus Fossil Fuels

And this doesn’t include the waste and methane emissions…

If you want to understand more about how the beef and dairy industry is affecting the environment, be sure to watch Cowspiracy.

#7 Cows Are Nice

Chances are you used to color pretty pictures of cows or visited a local farm and were able to pet a living cow. You were probably in childhood awe and wonder. Has a cow ever done anything mean to you?

I thought not. 😉




About the Author:

I'm a former sweet-tooth turned health-nut. After a difficult loss of a first pregnancy and having a second child with a heart condition, I became obsessed with health and wellness. I revamped our entire family's lifestyle, dropped seven pant sizes, and created a website where I could share our story and help support people wanting to make small changes day by day in order to live well. I also support my family by the work that I do here through advertising content, affiliates, and partnership/consultant links within content. When you click and/or order, it puts food on our table. Thanks for all your support, and may you live well and thrive!


  1. Nanci October 8, 2015 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    We source our meat very carefully from a local rancher.
    I very strongly disagree with you.
    Some of the findings that are recently easy to find have very different evidence.
    Try Mark Sission’s – Mark’sdailyapple and the westonaprice. org for some other views.

    • cali October 9, 2015 at 9:43 am - Reply

      Well, that’s really nice for you… what about the REST of the world eating burgers at McDonalds, Burger King and Wendy. I think you should go research how the cows are treated/raised/fed there. We are talking globally not the lucky few that can afford where you purchase your beef.

  2. Barbara October 9, 2015 at 2:52 am - Reply

    Completely agree with you Crystal.

  3. Rhonda October 9, 2015 at 8:01 am - Reply

    I too disagree. I have read studies that disagree. I believe this is a position statement for which you believe in. I have read countless studies ,articles and books that say just the opposite. I have several doctors I’ve spoken to in person that disagree. Harvard is not alway right.

  4. Emma P October 9, 2015 at 9:56 am - Reply

    The main word is “too” much. If you want to use the extreme statistics, I can actually drown myself by drinking “too” much water. Humans can’t live “easily” on produce alone. We need iron, especially women and the elderly. Red meat is the best source. I just recently met a man in his 70’s. He doesn’t eat red meat, but ingest snake venom to ward off sickness and disease. “Take every thing with a grain of salt…

  5. Floyd (Odom October 9, 2015 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    I find your advice very interesting. I wouldn’t mind trying vegetarian. I am thinking that being a vegetarian one will eat a lot more carbs which I thought would make you gain weight. What type of protein can one subsidize his diet with; for instance, whey protein or something similar. I was thinking I could eat my veggies and take some whey protein on the side. Would this work? What vegetarian books would you reccomend?

    • Crystal Collins October 14, 2015 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      Great questions! I do a high carb/low fat plant-based diet and I lost a significant amount of weight. Plus, I’m able to now maintain my weight. There are a ton of vegetables that have protein: nuts, beans, buckwheat, and even leafy greens! One of my favorites is hemp seed added into smoothies.

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