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Is Meat Bad for You? Is Meat Unhealthy?

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Over the last few years eating meat has increasingly been associated with health risks, like heart disease, cancer and an early death. How unhealthy is meat really?
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Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
Here are our sources: sites.google.com/view/sourcesismeathealthy/ It is very fascinating to see that the both extremes, vegans and people on meat heavy diets hate this video. Usually we are attacked more from one direction - in this cases both ends of the spectrums are really upset. Anything relating to nutrition is very controversial unfortunately. Someone on twitter posted this: There is research showing strong links between dietary choices and social identity: www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195666319305549?via%3Dihub So if you want to, you can find sources telling you that every kind of diet is bad for you. We tried very hard not to do that and get a real understanding what the health effects of meat are. We also did not have a particular bias, we have vegetarians, flexitarians and meat eaters in the team. And in general, since our first meat video many of us have reduced their meat consumption or at least try to. Others in the team have not changed at all and don't plan to. We don't have an overarching agenda here, one way or the other. There is a video about milk in the making right now and we also just started a video about veganism. Look forward to more diet related videos next year.
Divya Vipin
Divya Vipin 5 hours ago
@Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell Not really. Compare the number of studies on each side and which study was funded by whom.
pratibha pratibha
pratibha pratibha 6 hours ago
Can you make a video on 3D HOLOGRAM.......
蔡徐坤
蔡徐坤 23 hours ago
@Heather Dyett I hate to say this, but you are bringing your personal opinion into the debate. While there certainly is negative health effect, meat should be a staple part of our daily meal. While from a brain health point of view, meat should be avoided at all cost, but from an athlete's point of view, meat is essential. There is no right and wrong in this debate. It truly is that Moderate consume of meat is not unhealthy.
蔡徐坤
蔡徐坤 23 hours ago
I have a very interesting question for u guys: If meat is bad for brain health, then, how should we really look at meat?
hookedonplatypus
What type of diabetes, though? I'm assuming type 2, but I don't really want to assume.
Buğrahan Yalçın
Buğrahan Yalçın 2 hours ago
+ Processed meat causes cancer - How high is the risk? + Idk lol
zer0
zer0 3 hours ago
soooo, i cant eat bacon?
Jacopo Mazzei
Jacopo Mazzei 4 hours ago
Now, the comments are gonna be funny
KittyCat Gamer
KittyCat Gamer 5 hours ago
What I took from this: DONT eat four quarter pounders for every meal
gamingflami
gamingflami 5 hours ago
Before I start whatching this video I have something to say. So my parents are vegetarian so they force me to be vegetarian even though I don’t care about eating meat, meat is delicious. So I asked my parents can I just stop only eating healthy stuff and eat meat and they said once I move out. So best case scenario I move out by eighteen which will take six years. *sigh*
Pita Juice
Pita Juice 5 hours ago
is doing research really that hard for a channel that is based in information? shameful
Divya Vipin
Divya Vipin 6 hours ago
You should consider making a video about animal agriculture and how it affects our environment. There won't be too much confusion on which side to pick. Subscribing as I'm eagerly waiting to see your take on veganism.
Jack Burke
Jack Burke 6 hours ago
Bias and stupid. Channel has lost credibility
pratibha pratibha
pratibha pratibha 6 hours ago
3D HOLOGRAM-new topic
pratibha pratibha
pratibha pratibha 6 hours ago
Can you make a video on working/principle of 3-D HOLOGRAM
Zishan Syed
Zishan Syed 7 hours ago
I'm a huge carnivore- but I agree with everything in this video. What I don't agree with is the evangelism of veganism. Vegans are stupid, they're completely wrong and they are harming the planet more than the horrendous industrial farming operations, per capita. Fake meat and fake cheese specifically are some of the worst offenders to the environment. Vegans will destroy the planet and humanity. That said, us meat eaters should reduce the amount of meat we eat for our own health. As for the planet, a good way to benefit our health and the environment in one fell swoop is to switch to buying only non-GMO, antibiotic and hormone free, free range or pasture grass fed, cruelty free meat. This meat will be much higher in quality and nutrition and it will be more expensive, so eating less of it becomes a little easier while offering the maximum benefit. Another good idea is to buy the organ meat from those same healthy, happy animals; increasing the benefit from eating meat while reducing the harm. Cutting out processed meats altogether is a great first step and incorporating more fruits and vegetables into our diets is the logical next step. Slowly reducing the amount of meat we eat is a good practice, however cutting out animal proteins entirely over generations can be harmful to humanity. Even vegetarian cultures eat milk and eggs- veganism will result in poor body function, poor brain function and birth defects and genetic mutation. Over millennia, it could even cause de-evolution of humans into simpler minded creatures. Meat consumption is directly linked to brain development and especially the parts of the brain associated with math and language. Humans would NEVER have evolved into modern humans with intelligence, language and civilization, without meat. Another thing that this video kind of touches on but fails to explain is climate. If you live in a hotter climate, you can eat less meat than you would if you lived in a cold climate. Obviously there is a spectrum, genetics and ancestry plays a part which may also be tied to cultural and religious norms, in addition to the climate factor. At the end of the day, eating cheap hot dogs and bacon every day will kill you and the planet. Eating nothing that comes from an animal is less harmful in the short term, but very harmful long term- especially over generations and millennia- provided it's produced with the current processes that are so environmentally irresponsible, they make industrial farms look better. Eating a little of everything with a vegetable and fruit bias and zero processed foods is the best way to be healthy and strong and also help the planet. Keep in mind that ethically sourced veg is just as important as ethically sourced meat. I agree, industrial farming needs to be banned. However veganism will cause more harm than good. Regulation is the only way, get into government, run for office and for God's sake- VOTE! If you don't vote you're even more evil and ignorant than the industrial farmers, hillbillies and corrupt politicians that prop them up and spread misinformation. Vegans are basically the evangelical Christians of the south, with culturally appropriated hairstyles and tattoos. Fuck white people!
Ouafae EL HANKARI
Ouafae EL HANKARI 7 hours ago
How can meat increase diabetes when the best diet for diabetes is low carb high protein diet? The numbers speaks for themselves
아기제리
아기제리 7 hours ago
Theory of Everything please!!!
sarah algosaibi
sarah algosaibi 8 hours ago
no discussion on fiber cause that's a big problem in the topic too? i find when i lack in the veg that really takes a toll on me
Daniel D
Daniel D 8 hours ago
Do a video about psychedelics please !!! :)
Samuel Chew
Samuel Chew 9 hours ago
Those 9k Dislikers are Meat Lovers.
Paul Hines
Paul Hines 9 hours ago
HOW IS MATT STONIE ALIVE
riop hopman
riop hopman 11 hours ago
Should I include fish in my calculation of meat consumption?
Kenny Westone
Kenny Westone 11 hours ago
I don't care, I will die anyway. Why not enjoy life?
Rage Community
Rage Community 11 hours ago
I'll try to be a vegan for 1 day
Flaming Timelord
Flaming Timelord 12 hours ago
The inuit also ate the mussels under the ice Watch surviving the tribe in national geographic
Gwen Feliz
Gwen Feliz 12 hours ago
I'm actually allergic to fish/ seafood, and chicken. So I consume pork on a daily basis with vegetables. My friend told me veganism was going well for her, and that I should try it, but I'm worried about my body reacts to the change.
Benni Supper
Benni Supper 13 hours ago
Am I the only German here? Like If you also watch the english version Just because of the Voice🤤
Rıza Baba 155
Rıza Baba 155 13 hours ago
So we dont eat meat how we take vitamin B12 and vitamin D this vitamins only in animal food
bomt697
bomt697 13 hours ago
Thank you for the amazing work you guys do, strong work
Kissasheep the Chalk
You can easily just say you are vegan
jan pralkin
jan pralkin 14 hours ago
9 million subs congrats.
Anthony Chammas
Anthony Chammas 15 hours ago
We all gonna die won day do wataver you want
DarkSciencez
DarkSciencez 15 hours ago
_laughs in vegetarian_
ultrix soma
ultrix soma 16 hours ago
As a former vegan, eating meat saved my life.
Gacha Alex
Gacha Alex 17 hours ago
Meat is not unhealthy,it’s not about the heath risks,it’s about a balanced diet
Trovinizard
Trovinizard 17 hours ago
Can you guys do a video on automation and how it might affect jobs and our economy. I have been listening to Andrew Yang he supports UBI and I just watched your UBI video. I was wondering if you could do the same for Automation.
Joeleo Yencha
Joeleo Yencha 18 hours ago
Do you think that kurzgesagt should go to a place like vidcon like if you agree
philip ouellette
philip ouellette 18 hours ago
Please make a video on Space Time. I still cannot understand how time is anything more than a concept and yet Time Dilation exists.
Momento curioso
Momento curioso 19 hours ago
Liver has already Vitamin C
Dante Rodriguez
Dante Rodriguez 19 hours ago
I’ll bet Kurzgesagt is pissing off every profesional English teacher out there when he says “vitamins”
chris duncan
chris duncan 22 hours ago
VITTAMEN
Lemuel Rafael Abotanatin
*clap* *clap* eat review
Amrith Nadendla
Amrith Nadendla 23 hours ago
"its not the amount of meat but how you treat the meat" binging with babish
InYa Fatha
InYa Fatha 23 hours ago
Eating a 180g bag of pepperoni while watching this .
Oli Vyae
Oli Vyae 22 hours ago
How in tha wut?
Ribhi Saleh
Ribhi Saleh 23 hours ago
Looks like its healthier not to eat anything :)
Kaspikey
Kaspikey Day ago
I mean, I pretty much live off of Tater Tots, French Fries, Hot Sauce, and chicken so-
Roi Vincent Albatiera
Filipinos and Latinos: We 👏dont👏care👏We'll👏die👏anyway👏at👏some👏point👏
Rhett Melton
Rhett Melton Day ago
JUST TELL ME HOW TO LIVE ALREADY
Gucci Tx
Gucci Tx Day ago
Monkey D. Luffy would destroy you
Guilherme dias
How will the new 5G data network work and what will its impacts on the human body?
Jackie Chandler
Here’s a thought we could delve into... What if an intelligent life forms life span was thousands of years, and their thought process and perception of time was VERY slow? Would they seem to be in slow motion to us? Would they even notice the activities of life forms like us? Would we be like the flash to them, to fast to see? Would their perception of the universe be completely different? Let me know what you guys think of this thought experiment.
French mapping
Plants died because of global cooling not global warming
Megumin Konosuba
when Will this channel reaches 10 000 000 subs I cant wait to see and celebrate🙌🙌🙌
Jatin Raniwal
Congratulations for 9 million subscribers.
Sharki
Sharki Day ago
Meat diets My friends: 50% Me: one week 10% another week 90% I’m weird
Boilt The Star Wars Guy
Wait a fucking fuck are those birds eating that chicken?
Ty Ice Blaze
Ty Ice Blaze Day ago
You just ruined my dreams of the biggest steak
Deskon Azubuike Onyx
What the Health.
Cameron Frye
Cameron Frye Day ago
It really is intensely simple. 4 million years, across several different species that eventually became our own, all eating meat. So many seemingly think evolution is this slow, see-how-long-it-takes-the-honey-to-drip sequence that takes 30 million years to make one difference, but it's not. In truth, most of the time it only takes a few generations if that. Some people over the course of only a few millennia are now able to safely dive dozens of meters deep without even having to think about it to catch their fish, yet at our public pool that has a deep end 4m descended my ears popped and got so tight it hurt by the time I was almost at the bottom. Some people are able to live on large mountains where air is so thin they have to go down the hill to hunt, because no other wildlife lives up there. Most are able to drink the milk that comes from a species that has barely anything in common with our own (ahem, cows), but some aren't. Some people touch a cashew and go into shock. Most don't. We are able to eat meat, whether it takes us to 150 years old or not, we are able to. Speaking of that, have fun being 150. Let's say meat eating is only a million years old. Let's say the first spear/javelin is the first time humanity ever ate the meat of another animal. That's not at all how it went, but just to throw some sugar to the PETA vegans that I was literally dying after being tricked by. One million years, of what? One million years of eating meat. One million years of eating meat across billions, and billions, and so many more billions of people. Each and every one with the exception of a few who didn't, almost exclusively for religious reasons. Now, forgive me (you don't need to though because this is the opposite of an apology), but I'm now pretty hesitant to think that over the course of one million years, our bodies did nothing to be able to cope with it. That over so much time and so many people, nothing happened to turn us into omnivores that are able to live vitally off of more than plants alone. And quite frankly, the fact that simply starting to eat ham and turkey sandwiches again after 2/3 of a year being so deep vegetarian if I'd stopped eating a layer of mayo on my veggie sandwiches I'd be in the clear, has me pretty convinced that it's alright. Not the way we get it, I intend to learn hunting soon enough so I never have to put demand on a slaughterhouse ever again, but that eating it is alright on a bio-basis. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but know first you're trying to correct someone who'd otherwise be dead or at least hospitalized if he didn't say "I really want a hoagie again" one day a year and a half ago. Have fun.
Luis Cañamar - MediaBros
Short version: No.
AJ Flemister
AJ Flemister Day ago
GOSH DANG IT... I'm allergic to fish...
Ana Yen
Ana Yen Day ago
Y'all, just eat a balanced diet with less processed foods and y'all will survive for years to come, no need to panic mah dudes
Eghan HD
Eghan HD Day ago
I'm vegan not because I love animals I'm vegan because I hate plants and don't want to die.
bernardakoito
Eating no meat causes highhorsesyndrome
Naverdo Sandeep
I eat about 500-1000 grams of meat per month
Open Core
Open Core Day ago
Im having trust issues with my food now
Funky Monk
Funky Monk Day ago
I liked this video, I'm gonna eat less meat. Not being a jerk, I legit liked this.
Paulina Mocna
awesome
Aiden Butler
Aiden Butler Day ago
Short answer: no Long answer: noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
이경준
이경준 Day ago
muk bang? muk bang who? wait, WHO?
Juan Martín
Juan Martín Day ago
Very informative video, but NO CONCLUSIONS
SurrealGlow
SurrealGlow Day ago
Wait. So our ancestors had to eat meat because of climate change. Hmmmm so why everyone freaking out over climate if the climate has been changing all the time throughout the existence of this planet?
chaitanya athalye
Meat is bad because it causespain to other sentient beings. And human beings are not on the top of the food chain. We are not on the top of environment. We are part of environment and therefore, we don't have any right to take life of anyone unless extremely necessary.
A. M.
A. M. Day ago
Spinach has more iron than meat? That sounds weird.
Asjinga Akangka
Everything that is overconsumed is bad. Even vegetables.
Anthony Anderson
Take this video down! You are giving Vegans and PETA more cause to support their beliefs! Lol
monika yordanova
I loved this video. I'm looking forward to the ones on dairy and overfishing!
黃晨曦
黃晨曦 Day ago
Pickled hotdog emmmmmm
Jody Mitoma
Jody Mitoma Day ago
Just stopped by. First video I see. Already subscribed. Off to watch a few more. Cheers from Canada! 😊👍
007kingifrit
007kingifrit Day ago
canada is the gay soviet union
W S
W S Day ago
A vegan made this video
Sheep with CorpsePaint
Is that bad?
SEETHALER.studio VALERIAN TAKASHI SEETHALER
Hire more researchers. The researcher:designer quota in your team should be around 30:70 or ideally 50:50 or in scientific dreamland: MORE RESEARCHERS THAN DESIGNERS. You are the most successful, now you need to step up your research game to grow according your ethical responsibility. And do not aim for more popularity, you are popular enough, aim for scientific accuracy.
TRe' CooL
TRe' CooL Day ago
People love hearing (& making vids) good news, about their bad habits. Your vid is bias as.... Sad
foreverwantingpie
As a vegan i love this video wow
Mete Han
Mete Han Day ago
1 Turk:0,1meat eAt
Mete Han
Mete Han Day ago
I very like Jews meat -Hitler
ang ang
ang ang Day ago
8.9k vegeterians dislike the video
Michel Cote
Michel Cote Day ago
Well eatting fish is also bad because it will cause them not to exist anymore, im from the east coast. We have little to no fishing rights anymore :(. We lost our way of life because of over fishing. Thinking twice before you say fish is great for humans to eat when people eat them to death.
Netral Ambien
*vit* amins
ret liv
ret liv Day ago
good vid
Shlomo Sharkbergstein
Fuck Islam
Nick Hyland
Nick Hyland Day ago
Kurzgesagt, you rock my world!
Space Meter
Space Meter Day ago
Please make a video about carbon hydrates and low carb diet!
Zdenda Jirasko
Meat frome belgian blue cattle is moar healthier than chicken meat
5ufo
5ufo Day ago
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Johnny D
Johnny D 20 hours ago
Don't forget the classic Tasteicals... I mean Popplers.
Reed N
Reed N Day ago
I love a burger called the beyond burger it is completely meatless and I love it (this is coming from a meat lover)
TheLonelyExtrovert
TheLonelyExtrovert 5 hours ago
I took a bite of the veggie burger from my mom and it was better than my chicken burger
EJ 22G
EJ 22G Day ago
No one: Literally no one: Absolutely no one: Basically no one: Vegetarians/Vegans:
Randy Buttigieg
Shit, looks like I better lay off the horse meat.
Erin McCarthy, MSW
lol no
topyeet
topyeet Day ago
how much will it take to build an underground city
Rizzo Smith
Rizzo Smith Day ago
Suggestion for a future video! An overview of Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS). There is an incredible amount of noise on the subject and no one seems to be able to actual back up anything they say about it.
MySafeWordIsPineappleJuice
What about the effects of screen time on children,teens, and adults?
Malamex
Malamex Day ago
You know why teens are pros at video games? They eat a lot of *pro-teins*
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