Meat

When I was a young man both my parents worked to make enough money for my four other siblings and myself to have the things we needed in life. We did not have a lot of money, so when it came to buying food, my parents didn’t have the extra money to buy a lot of meat. As I remember we only had a meat meal about once a week. With what I know now, I am thankful to my parents for not serving us meat too often. Most people these days are aware of the medical problems that come with eating meat. Some people have switched from eating red meat to eating chicken these days. Research has shown us how all animal proteins can harm our bodies. The misconception that has been out there for a long time is that we need animal proteins as the only real way to get proteins in our bodies. Which is not correct, I don’t eat any animal proteins, and yet I get the right amount of amino acids that my body needs daily. As I stated in a previous chapter, proteins are amino acids that have been coded thru RNA with transcription and translation processes and then folded in a certain way to be recognized by cell receptors as needed by the cells. The question is can children get the amino acids they need daily to maintain a healthy body and continue to grow. The answer is an overwhelming “YES.” Children do not need animal proteins to be healthy and develop. I eat each day, without any animal proteins in my body. My bloodwork is the healthiest it has ever been. It is so easy for parents to stop at the local fast food place and get the children a kid’s meal. These meals lack the nutrients required for their bodies to be healthy and carry toxins that are harmful to them. Let’s look at what the latest research says about the problems with humans eating animal proteins. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) states in a report that the contaminated animal flesh causes 70% of food poisoning. Animal proteins can raise the risk of poisoning your children by eating the bacteria that is contained in the animal flesh. In a study done Consumer Report study stated that 97% of raw chicken in grocery stores in the United States were contaminated with bacteria that could make you and your children sick. As you remember from the previous chapter on the immune system if your child is under the age of 7, their immune system is not fully developed. This means that your young child will have a harder time fighting these pathogens. A study done by Harvard University stated that one serving a day of red meat during the adolescence years was associated with a 22% higher risk of developing pre-menopausal breast cancer.

By now we have all heard about how processed meats are very unhealthy for our bodies, but yet everyday parents pack their kid’s lunches with these harmful animal products. I don’t understand why parents continue with sending their children off to school knowing that processed meats have been linked to causing cancer. When I ask parents what scares you the most about your children’s health? The thought of their children getting cancer was at the top of the list, but yet these were some of the parents that said a typical school lunch for their children including processed meats. I had a hard time trying to figure out if one of a parent’s biggest fear was their child getting cancer, and yet they send them to school each day with foods that scientists have stated can cause cancer, why would parents do it.

A 20-year Harvard University study found that a 3-ounce serving of unprocessed meat a day was associated with a 13% greater chance of dying during the study. The study also found that a daily serving of processed meat, like hot dogs, bacon, lunch meats, etc. were associated with a 21% increased risk.

The use of antibiotics and hormones in animals have created a high risk to young children and adults, but again young children’s immune systems are not fully developed. The antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria that have been caused by the overuse of antibiotics in the meat supply has been taking its toll on children’s health.

The meat was thought to be the only way for young children to get the proper nutrients in their diets such as iron. This, of course, is not true. There are whole plant sources to achieve the iron requirements for young children.

Iron requirements for children according to the experts are:

  • 0-6 Months = 0.27mg
  • 7-12 Months = 11mg
  • 1-3 Years = 7mg
  • 4-8 Years = 10mg

!!!ALERT!!!!!!

Children are at risk if they consume iron pill supplements; it can cause devastating problems. The best way for children to get the proper amount of iron is in non-animal foods such as broccoli, dark leafy greens, tofu, whole grains, legumes, nuts, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, dried fruit, blackstrap molasses to name a few.

Meats

  • Red Meat – Red meat been linked in a lot of studies to be a significant factor in the probable cause for colon cancer. According to the World Health Organization and The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified red meat as a group 2 carcinogen, something that probably causes cancer. A study done by Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden stated that eating more than 100g of unprocessed meat a day increased the risk of advanced prostate cancer by 19% and bowel cancer by 17%. The risk of death from heart disease increased by 15% and breast cancer by 11%. One of the factors is that when you cook meats at high temperatures, it produces a carcinogen called heterocyclic amines (HCA). HCA’s are formed from cooking the muscle of meats in beef, pork, poultry, and fish. When the muscles are cooked at a high temperature the amino acids, and a chemical in the muscle tissue called creatine react to heat creating heterocyclic amines. Research has shown that if you add garlic, fresh lemon juice, or olive oil you can cut the levels of HCA in by as much as 50%. The National Cancer Institute has discovered thru research a link between the consumption of cooked meats and stomach cancer. In other studies, on breast cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer was associated with high consumption of meats that were cooked well done. This included fried and barbecue meats. Red meats contain saturated fats.
  • Chicken – Chicken is one of the top causes of saturated fats in our diet. Saturated fats can lead to multiple health problems. According to the FDA chicken that is sold in grocery stores across America are fed with inorganic arsenic. Arsenic is harmful to humans. Studies have shown that arsenic can be damaging to a developing brain. Arsenic is said to be about four times as poisonous as mercury. It builds up in the body over time. Cooking chicken at high temperatures also produces (HCA’s). The FDA has shown that their research has that arsenic has been added to chicken feed and ultimately ends up in the meat. Arsenic is a carcinogen. Poop from chickens has been fed to beef operations and is found in the tissue of the cows that people consume. The FDA has stated that farmers feed their cattle about 1 to 2 million tons of this chicken feces each year. This was back in 2009. I don’t know if this is still happening today. Some are suggesting that an E.coli outbreak in the romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona area may have been caused by a cattle operation that is next to a water canal that water is then used to water the lettuce.
  • Pork – Pork has been given a Group 2 classification from the IARC as probably causes cancer. Pigs are home to parasites and viruses just like other animal species people eat. Some of these are:
  • Hepatitis E which is a viral inflammation that scientists say can cause fatigue, jaundice, and nausea. In more cases, it can also lead to liver fibrosis and cirrhosis.
  • Menangle virus, which is a virus that can cause chills, fever, headaches rashes and sweat.
  • Taenia solium which is called the pork tapeworm and grows to 9 plus feet long. This tapeworm can cause loss of appetite and tissue infection.
  • Trichinella worm is found in undercooked meat of animals. It can be found in certain wild carnivorous animals such as bear or cougar and omnivorous such as pigs or wild boars.

Pork has an abundance of sulfur in the connective tissue of pigs which helps contribute to osteoporosis. Processed pork such as bacon has been classified as a Group 1 carcinogen that can cause cancer.

  • Turkey – While turkey might be one of the less harmful meats, it still adds unnecessary cholesterol to the body. With any animal protein, you still have the risk of the turkey carrying pathogens into your child’s body.
  • Processed Meats – Hot Dogs, bacon, sausages, salami, ham, beef jerky, lunch meats like bologna. According to the World Health Organization and The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified processed meats as a probable carcinogen that can cause cancer. Processed meats have been linked in multiple studies with an increased risk of death. Other studies have shown that the consumption of processed meats has been linked to increased risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes. The World Health Organization has stated that eating 50g of bacon a day can increase the risk of dying from heart disease by 24% and increase the risk of diabetes by 32% it also increased the risk of dying from cancer by 8%.

After reading all the science about the animal proteins can cause very harmful medical conditions for children and you as parents, why would you put this crap in your children. When I say “CRAP,” I mean “CRAP,” meat and dairy products that has been pulled off the shelf’s at grocery stores and tested, the results did find animal feces in some of these products. How gross is that?

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