According to Wenpeng You, a University of Adelaide doctoral student, meat contributes to obesity prevalence worldwide to the same extent as sugar.
You studied the link between growing meat consumption and increasing obesity rates in 170 countries. His groundbreaking published research was recently presented to the 18th International Conference on Nutrition and Food Sciences in Switzerland.
The research attributes nearly 13 percent of the obesity rate to the availability of meat. However, it’s not about meat’s fat content but rather the animal-based protein.
News Corp Australia reports:
"There is a dogma that fats and carbohydrates, especially fats, are the major factors contributing to obesity,” Mr. You said. “We believe the protein in meat is directly contributing to obesity."
"Because meat protein is digested later than fats and carbohydrates, this makes the energy we receive from protein a surplus. [This] is then converted and stored as fat in the human body,” he said.
Study after study shows that meat is terrible for your health. From obesity to heart disease and cancer, meat is dangerous. In fact, a recent study by the Mayo Clinic found that ditching meat and switching to a plant-based diet could add up to four years to your life.
Meat is not only detrimental to our health; it’s also literally killing our planet and causing unthinkable animal suffering.
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