Red meat – to eat or not to eat?

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23 April 2012: Research claimed that women who cut down on red meat are likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.


According to a study by the Deakin University, Australia, women who cut down on red meat are likely to suffer twice as much from anxiety and depression. The study showed more than 1,000 women completely switching to protein such as chicken and fish are not as healthy as they are supposed to be. Felice Jacka from the university says, "We had originally thought that red meat might not be good for mental health, as studies from other countries had found that the consumption of red meat to be associated with physical health risks - but eventually it turned out to be important."


Wellness experts are of the opinion that eating a moderate amount of lean red meat, which is roughly about three to four small, palm-sized pieces a week, would be important for overall health and would help women fight depression and anxiety. Red meat contains high level of nutrients including Omega-3 fatty acids which are crucial for mental as well as physical health. Dr Jivesh Shetty, nutrition expert, says, "Red meat has protein that satiates your hunger and keeps you happy. Red meat is also a source of Vitamin B which makes you more energetic."


Though red meat is good for your health, stick to lean-cut meat to avoid excessive fat consumption and heart issues. Make sure you exercise enough to utilise excessive calorie/ protein intake say experts.


Dr Namita Nanal, nutritionist, says, "Red meat is an excellent source of protein. It is rich in iron with good bio-availability which helps in the development and well-being of the mind. But make sure to not consume preserved meats like ham, bacon, salami as they are high in their fat content and are often held responsible for chronic conditions like cancers."


Fitness experts also suggest to not pairing meat with whole grains as they lack in fibre. You should ideally consume red meat only twice a week.



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