The North American Meat Institute, a meat industry trade group, has released a video claiming that processed meats—the stuff loaded with nitrates, sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol—are part of a healthy diet. Published on the institute’s YouTube channel, Meat News Network, the video shows institute representative Janet Riley speaking with Kerri Gehring, a registered dietitian.
Asked to give “the facts” about processed meats, Dr. Gehring replies:
They’re really no different than any of our other meat. They fit great within a diet. They are a great source of protein. They provide iron. They provide vitamin B12. They provide all different types of nutrients that we need. So there’s no reason at all that you cannot include processed meats in a normal diet.
No reason at all?! Where to start... Well, for one thing, the World Health Organization has labeled processed meats a carcinogen, placing them in the same category of cancer risk as asbestos and cigarettes. According to the WHO, processed meats are linked to 34,000 cancer deaths per year worldwide. Additionally, meat consumption increases one’s risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, obesity, Alzheimer's, and an overall shorter lifespan. Dr. Gehring conveniently left all this out.
She also left out the meat industry’s inherent cruelty. Animals at factory farms are treated like unfeeling objects, forced to endure lives of misery and deprivation. See for yourself:
The meat industry’s video is obviously biased and seeks to mislead consumers. The truth is, a plant-based diet contains all essential nutrients and has been shown to promote longevity and prevent some of today’s top killers.
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