Meat = Higher Obesity & Chronic Disease Rates

Everywhere we look, we are confronted with the outcomes of recent studies which tout the benefits of low-carb high-protein diets, saturated animal fats, coconut oil...and the list goes on. Because of this, we thought it would be helpful to start circulating the results of scientific studies which reveal the opposite to be true.

Show Me The Science!

The information below was obtained from the abstract "Meat consumption is associated with obesity and central obesity among US adults" -  US National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health.

Meat consumption is associated with obesity and higher waist circumference, whereas intake of vegetables and fruits is inversely associated. "Meat consumption has been related to the increased risk for a variety of chronic diseases, whereas increased consumption of vegetables, fruits, cereals, nuts and legumes have been independently related with a lower risk for several chronic diseases, such as ischemic heart disease, diabetes, obesity and many cancers."

"Studies indicate that diets largely based on plant foods, including well-balanced vegetarian diets, which do not include meat, fish or fowl, offer a number of nutritional benefits, including lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol and animal protein, as well as higher levels of carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, potassium, folate and antioxidants. Compared with non-vegetarians, vegetarians have been reported to have lower BMI, blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels; lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes and prostate and colon cancer, and reduced death rates from heart disease."

Additional Information:

(1) The potential impact of animal protein intake on global and abdominal obesity

(2) Is there a relationship between red or processed meat intake and obesity?

(3) Weight Gain Attributed to Eating Meat?

(4) Meat Consumption = High Risk of Disease