Red Meat Benefits and Risks

Red-Meat Benefits and Risks

Complete Protein Source

Red meat is a complete protein source. A complete protein provides all of the essential amino acids that our body cannot create. High-quality animal based proteins provide all essential amino acids and out body is able to easily digest them. The only plant based protein that offers the amino profile like animal-based proteins is soy but soy is not as easily digestible. Red meat is a great source of iron and B-vitamins. It is high in fat, which may potentially provide some health concerns but also provides greater flavor and tenderness. Higher fat also means higher calories and saturated fat.

Red Blood Cells

The Body needs iron to make oxygen-carrying hemoglobin in the blood and myoglobin in the muscles.

Cell Constituents

The amino acids provided by red meat support the building of proteins needed to make up our cells, including their membranes and all the cell ....


Protein is required to build and repair muscle fibers. This requires the right ratio of amino acids.


Red meat may be higher in saturated fat and cholesterol, which can potentially affect cardiovascular health. The risk of saturated fats and high cholesterol is valid but the entire diet needs to be evaluated in order to determine all potential risks vs. benefits.


Carcinogens can naturally be found in some foods but may not be harmful if they are off set by other healthy nutrients in your diet. Carcinogens can be exasperated by smoking of charring meats. Carcinogens are shown to be potentially cancer causing in humans. Excessive carcinogens in animal proteins can be avoided with cooking techniques such as, using lower temperatures, cooking slower and longer and avoiding cooking in unhealthy, processed oils.