FACT CHECK: How Cutting Meat Off Your Diet Changes Your Body


Cutting out on meat consumption and going vegetarian either for ethics or concerns about red meat and health may have crossed your mind but you probably don’t know how your body changes once you stop eating meat.

Meat is prepared in so many succulent, delicious ways with different taste and texture; spicy burger, steaks, barbecue – a delicacy in Nigeria, etc. So what happens when you cut meat off your diet?

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According to The Independent, these are changes you will see in your body when you decide to avoid meats in your diet:

#1 You Loose Weight

A team at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, US recently tried to pinpoint how much weight a person loses if they switch from being an omnivore to a vegetarian.

The research, which reviewed previous studies and was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, showed participants who cut meat out of their diets lost around 10 pounds on average without monitoring their calorie intake or increasing the amount they exercised.

#2 Your Stomach Bacteria Will Change

Just as the saying goes “you are what you eat.” That, also relates to your digestive system as much as any other part of your body. Therefore a study carried out in 2014 which explored the difference between the stomach bacteria found in meat eaters(omnivores), vegans (those who doesn’t consume any meat or animal products whatsoever)  and vegetarians (doesn’t consume only meat). The researchers at City University of New York found that vegans had more protective species of stomach bacteria.

#3 Lesser Food Nutrients

A balanced vegetarian or vegan diet can provide enough nutrients with enough planning. But it can be harder to get enough iron, vitamin D and vitamin B12, according to the National Health Service NHS.

They recommends eating enough pulses, such as beans and lentils, nuts (peanut, cashewnut etc), fruit, dark green vegetables, wholegrain, and cereals with fortified irons to get enough of the substance. Meanwhile Vitamin B12 can be found in yeast extract products such as; fortified breakfast cereals, and soya products.

#4 Your Risk Of Developing Cancer Could Drop

A recent World Health Organisation report classified processed meat as carcinogenic(agent causing cancer), and so products such as bacon and salami found themselves categorized alongside formaldehyde, gamma radiation and cigarettes. Red meat was also labelled as “probably” having cancer causing properties. Therefore the experts concluded that eating just 50g portion of processed meat can increase the risk of colon cancer by 18%.

#5 Avoiding Meat Reduces Chances Of Heart Diseases

Another research has shown that red meat is linked to heart disease. A study be Lerner Research Institute in the US showed that carnitine,a nutrient found in the food, sets of gut microbe reactions which contribute to the development of heart disease.

“This adds to the growing body of data reinforcing a connection between red meat, carnitine ingestion and heart disease development,” said lead author Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD, Vice Chair of Translational Research for the Lerner Research Institute and Section Head of Preventive Cardiology & Rehabilitation, according to a report by the Cleveland Health Clinic.

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