In most of the world, red meat is considered a delicacy; something only to be eaten on the most special of occasions. However, in America, red meat is a common staple in many homes and restaurants. While a steak can be a tasty treat, consuming it frequently can cause long-term health issues. Red meat is dense in calories, fat, and cholesterol. Many people have adopted the lifestyle of “meatless Mondays”, where they do not consume any meat. This is an easy way to dip your toes into reducing your meat, especially red meat intake. Losing weight is just one of the many health benefits cutting out red meat can do for you. Here are 10 things that happen to your body when you stop eating red meat.
10. Weight Loss
Cutting out red meat can reduce your waistline because of the dense calories red meat has. A three-ounce serving of beef can be around 170 calories while a portion of beans is about 100 calories and a serving of tofu is 70 calories. Even though the calorie difference between beans, tofu, and red meat ranges from 70-100 calories, it adds up over an extended period of time. Besides, it is quite rare to ever be served the recommended portion size at home or in a restaurant. This means that if you are eating out, or even eating at home but not watching your portion size, you are getting more than 170 calories. Other sources of protein are often easier to digest and do not cause as much indigestion as red meat.
9. Balance your PH Levels
A healthy body is a balanced body. We can balance the PH levels in our bodies through what we eat and drink. Red meat, flour, and soda are all very high in acidity levels, which throw off our natural PH level. An imbalance in PH levels in the body can result in bone density loss and muscle density loss. For women alone, an imbalance in PH levels can cause yeast infections and other bacterial infections that are uncomfortable or embarrassing. High acidity in the body is a breeding ground for disease and illness; especially if stress or lack of sleep is a common theme in your life. Eating more fruits and vegetables can balance out the acidity levels of red meat and other high acidity foods.