Worrying and worrying messages are regularly circulating in the meat: we will consume too much, it would be carcinogenic, we can and should replace it with plants. What if we turned our necks to preliminary ideas?
We eat too much meat in France
In France, we consume 2 to 3 servings of meat a week (beef, veal, lamb, pork, child, horse, excluding cold cuts). This corresponds to approximately 320 grams of cooked meat per week per person1. We are far from the maximum 500 grams suggested by the public health authorities. More than 80% of French adults have a consumption that fully complies with this recommendation. An excess of 20% must be taken care of to reduce their consumption.
Red meat causes cancer
ANSES2, the public body that assesses the health risks associated with food in France, recalls that “cancers are complex diseases, resulting from the interaction between a large number of factors of a genetic nature, specific to each individual, behavior (smoking, exercise, etc.) or even environmental in nature, including diet. To say that only one food can be carcinogenic is an abbreviation that should not be.
In fact, Meat, consumed in reasonable quantities, in an omnivorous diet, is beneficial, Its positive nutritional contribution has been scientifically proven.
We can replace meat with vegetables
Each food has its own nutritional role. You cannot replace one food with another. They complement each other, hence the importance of consuming everything! Plants provide useful and varied nutrients and fiber, but do not meet all needs and are sometimes less well absorbed by the body.
Eating without meat makes it more difficult to meet our nutritional needs, meat with a high content of nutrients, and extremely bioavailable, in zinc, iron, protein, selenium, vitamins B3, B6 and B12. Vitamin B12, vital for humans, is found only in meat.
Instead of substituting a specific food, it is better to adopt an omnivorous diet, where meat and vegetables coexist. It’s the best way to stay healthy.
Sure, we can complement each other, but the deprivation of meat is you are at risk of dieting with serious consequences.
1 Crédoc – CCAF Research 2016 ↩
2 National Agency for Food Safety, Environment and Occupational Health ↩