What we eat plays a big role in what happens in our body, but it's not often we sit and think about the details of how certain foods directly affect us. With more people going plant-based, people are especially paying attention to meat's effects, and there are a number of surprising things that can happen to your body when you eat red meat. Whether you're going vegetarian or just considering cutting down on your animal consumption, you might be wondering what eating meat does to your body.
"Although I always encourage more plant-focused diets, I don't want to create too much fear around meat," Carrie Walder, MS, RD tells Bustle. "I think when the correct sources are chosen (i.e. more grass fed vs. processed meats), small amounts can be included in the diet without negative effects — so long as we're getting in an adequate amount of plant foods. Problems arise when the diets are too meat-heavy, or include too many processed meats like cold cuts, salami, bacon, sausages, etc. Any negative health consequences are more a result of long-term habits rather than anything instantaneous."
Like most foods, red meat can has its nutritional benefits, but any time you go overboard with a food group, it can have a negative impact on your health. However, to make the right choices for your body, it can be useful to know all the different effects eating red meat can have on your body.
Here are five little-known things that happen to your body when you eat red meat, according to expers.