The exact amount of meat you should eat per week according to nutritionists

The exact amount of meat you should eat per week according to nutritionists
The exact amount of meat you should eat per week according to nutritionists

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  • How much meat can you eat a week?
  • What are the benefits and consequences of consuming meat?

Adopting healthy eating habits involves following a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods such as fruits, vegetables and meats. However, it is important to keep in mind that the excess of certain foodsalthough they are healthy, can have negative repercussions on health.

A clear example is the case of the red meat, whose consumption recommendation has evolved in recent years. Currently, priority is given to white meat consumption on the red ones, warning about the risks associated with excess of the latter.

How much meat can you eat a week?

According to the Spanish Society of Community Nutrition (SENC), it is advisable to limit meat consumption to no more than 125 grams per weekwhich means reserving it for a few occasions throughout the week, between two and four times.

This recommendation is based on the balance between the nutrients that meat provides and the possible health risks. Although red meats are rich in iron and proteinalso contain high levels of Saturated fats.

What are the benefits and consequences of consuming meat?

Benefits:

  • Protein Source: Meat is an excellent source of high-quality proteins, essential for the growth and repair of tissues, as well as for the proper functioning of the immune system.
  • Nutrient contribution: It contains a variety of important nutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for the body’s overall health.
  • Feeling of satiety: Its protein and healthy fat content can help you feel more satiated after meals, which can contribute to more effective weight control.
  • Culinary diversity: Meat provides a wide range of flavors and textures that enrich meals and allow the creation of a variety of delicious dishes.

Consequences of eating excessive meat:

  • High in saturated fat: Some types of meat, especially red and processed meat, can be high in saturated fat, which can increase the risk of heart disease and other health problems.
  • Risk of chronic diseases: Excessive consumption of meat, especially processed meat, is associated with an increased risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer.
  • Environmental impact: Large-scale meat production can have a significant impact on the environment, contributing to deforestation, water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Ethical considerations: Industrial meat production raises ethical concerns related to animal welfare and the sustainability of intensive farming systems.
 
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