Red meat is often cast as the villain in many modern-day nutritional guidelines. Especially with vegan and plant-based diets on the rise, the decision to consume or avoid red meat has become a contentious one. What are the reasons to stay away from red meat, and are they enough to ban it entirely? Or do these reasons have some important caveats that need to be addressed?
Reasons to Limit Red Meat:
As with every nutritional debate, there are two sides to every story. It’s unlikely that I’ll ever give up red meat completely -- it’s delicious, and for me personally, it’s a pretty big source of iron. To be completely honest, I used to eat a burger or two after every 15+ mile run during marathon training (I had to have something to look forward to). However, dietary choices are an incredibly personal subject, so choose whatever works best for your health, lifestyle, and finances. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: I am not a licensed nutritionist nor a registered dietician. The opinions expressed in this article are my own, and each individual is ultimately responsible for his/her dietary and nutrition practices. Please consult a physician before starting a new dietary program.