Can you believe that 75% of men claim that they would rather die prematurely than give up eating meat? We did not know that it was that serious.
In a survey carried out on 1000 Australians, it was discovered that 73% of the men would gladly take ten years off their life than give up eating meat. The same study found that 47% of those participating considered meat-eating to be masculine.
No Meat May
No Meat May is the charity organization that commissioned the survey. The organization encourages people to take a break from eating meat for at least 31 days for many reasons: environmental, health, animal, and food security reasons.
Speaking on what they found shocking about the survey, Ryan Alexander, the co-founder of the group, said:
"What was perhaps most shocking, was that 73 percent of male respondents said they'd rather reduce their life expectancy by up to 10 years than give up eating meat, with three-quarters of men not convinced of the health benefits of a meat-free diet, despite the mounting evidence to the contrary."
"Significant research over many years has shown that eating meat and other animal products increases the risk of developing certain cancers, heart disease, obesity, and having a reduced life expectancy not to mention being one of the biggest contributors to global warming and the destruction of the environment."
Is There Any Truth To The Harm Meat-Eating Could Cause?
Oxford University carried out research earlier this year. They looked into whether consuming meat was directly linked to the 25 non-cancerous illnesses that most frequently caused people to be admitted to the hospital in the UK. For the study, they looked at the medical records of 474,985 middle-aged Brits.
They came to this conclusion:
"On average, participants who reported consuming meat regularly (three or more times per week) had more adverse health behaviors and characteristics than participants who consumed less meat regularly."
"Higher consumption of unprocessed red and processed meat combined was associated with higher risks of ischaemic heart disease, pneumonia, diverticular disease, colon polyps, and diabetes, and higher consumption of poultry meat was associated with higher risks of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, gastritis, and duodenitis, diverticular disease, gall bladder disease, and diabetes."
There is a lot of truth to the claim that meat-eating can be harmful. For a long time now, meat has been associated with numerous health issues.
The Oxford University research is published in BMC Medicine. Dr. Keren Papier, the lead researcher from the University's Nuffield department of population health, said that for every 70 grams of processed and unprocessed meat consumed by an individual daily, their chances of being diagnosed with diabetes increases by 30%, while their chances of suffering a heart disease increase by 15%.
Note that in carrying out this research and attaining its result, the researchers considered other lifestyle factors and BMI.
What have you decided? Will you be cutting down on your meat intake, or are you with the 73% Australian men in the survey?