Is Meat Bad for You? Is Meat Unhealthy?

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
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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.
Szu-yu LIN
Szu-yu LIN 11 days ago
Heather Dyett so why don’t you show us the proof which justifies your negative opinions on any slight intake of meat?
killerdog1st 16 days ago
Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell uhhh
David Choi
David Choi 20 days ago
@Heather Dyett u mad? Read the comment.
Anson Ang
Anson Ang 19 hours ago
People long time ago like Adam and Eve were only allowed to eat plants, Then on Noah's time meat was allowed, could be because plant species died on the flood since they werent on the ark.
Live freely and Wonderfully in joy.
Nonsense religion😅
RubyGirl 777
RubyGirl 777 Day ago
that's why i eat my meat well done
Mr. sir
Mr. sir Day ago
Alright this fucking channel has turned full lib
E Day ago
I eat meat
Every time I watch a video I have to stop doing something, bye hot dog
B B Day ago
When I started watching this for some reason I assumed you were going to advise against eating meat. I began putting together a bullet list of counterpoints but as the video progressed, you actually addressed all of the points. Great job!
B B Day ago
Need to be mindful of fat-soluble pollutants and heavy metals like methylmercury in fish and shellfish. It's especially an issue with fish at the top of the food chain such as tuna. I grew up in the SF Bay Area which was heavily contaminated with mercury during the Gold Rush. Anytime I would go fishing I would see signs advising against eating more than _n_ number of fish per month, especially if you are pregnant.
DIY MAN 2 days ago
I rather die eating meat than being a fucked up vegan. Also if it is bad for the planet. Then fuck it if i go down i will take you all down with me.
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That's the spirit oh wait😅
Bendy the Little Devil Darlin
the only reason i cut down was because some meat i liked started to taste weird and i was too lazy to eat around the bones
Mace Universe
Mace Universe 2 days ago
Golden Llama
Golden Llama 2 days ago
Robert Eischen
Robert Eischen 2 days ago
Idk about this. There's lots of info out there. For example, fish is not the best as far as I'm concerned; there's a lot more mercury in fish meat than others. Additionally, if I go too long without meat, I feel like shit. And it's the same with vegetables. I've cut a lot of meat out of my diet, not for health reasons or because I give a damn about the environment, but simply because I can't afford it right now. And I felt terrible! I was craving it and would impulsive buy it from time to time. In my opinion, if you want the best nutrition for your body, just listen to it. That bullshit about drinking 8 glasses of water a day? No. Just drink, and drink water, when you're thirsty. When you get a craving for something, unless it's obvious junk food or unhealthy (like chips, candy, alcohol, ect. Though chips aren't the worst, still would eat them sparingly.) That's your body telling you you need that, for whatever nutritional reason; your body knows better than you most of the time. And if you feel like shit after eating garbage, like too many hotdogs or something, eat that less. For example, I love pizza! But something about the Cheese especially on frozen pizza doesn't sit too well with me. I'm not lactose intolerant or anything, at least as far as I know, but I try to avoid it more now. (Though sometimes I still get a strong craving for it.)
Live freely and Wonderfully in joy.
If u r eat a lot of meat its just bad for your health going vegan is good but sometimes it's all about the balance that's all.
[gamers against weed] Alder Mehring
mom: the food isn't that hot the food: 2:12
Robert KillerXD
Robert KillerXD 2 days ago
Basically eat quality meats from local farms and you will be fine and be moderate with red meat. Don't eat any processed meat.
No No
No No 2 days ago
All I know is people I know that died relatively early were all heavy meat eaters. 3 times a day every day.
A Vallejo
A Vallejo 2 days ago
A small price to pay for some serious gormet shit
Karmel Abufarha
Karmel Abufarha 3 days ago
They mentioned the Inuits that live healthy on pure animal, no need to balance just need variety of nutrition. If you only eat red meat then yeah you'll run into problems, but if have organs, dairy and throw fruits and veggies in there you have everything you need but the amount of meat isn't the problem.
Live freely and Wonderfully in joy.
Not so being healthy doesn't neccesary mean u eat an balance diet, try to challenge my mindset if u can?
IM AVISHAE 3 days ago
Lol when he pronounced vitamins
A Vallejo
A Vallejo 3 days ago
A small price to pay for some serious gormet shit
Lucas nada mas
Lucas nada mas 3 days ago
*Entire population of Australia Argentina, USA and Germany realize they are fucking dead*
Spiders, Inc.
Spiders, Inc. 3 days ago
I want to see a video of *My Big Hairy Nuts - In A Nutshell*
Vivia Santos
Vivia Santos 3 days ago
Seria melhor se fosse legendado em português
DJ KAI 3 days ago
1 Portuguese eats around 300 g meat per day.... not me for sure....
Meme Gaming
Meme Gaming 3 days ago
If you eat fresh meat it's better
Silent_Stalker 3 days ago
Meme Gaming Same applies to plants, read what happens to apples that are frozen for over a year
Bruised Champions
*ViTehMen SeE*
rikku Jason
rikku Jason 4 days ago
I love these kinds of videos but there so scary and make me worried
If I gave up meat, I would be dead, I’m 90% carnivore, 5% fruit (bananas) and 5% candy So I can either be vegan or die
• I am a Funny USvidr lol Very
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@Somecursedspinelimage smh how foolish can u get😂
• I am a Funny USvidr lol If you want me to eta healthy, come to my house and force feed me, but that’ll be very hard
• I am a Funny USvidr lol I take more than one gummy
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@Somecursedspinelimage supplement r not that helpful try to eat more eggs and veggies u won't regret it ;)
Blacktician 4 days ago
Meat contains no fiber and essentially no phytochemicals (which include things like antioxidants) so the statement that you can thrive off meat isn’t exactly accurate. There’s a difference between not immediately dying from nutrient deficiency and eating an optimal diet. Animal protein and fats are also inflammatory, often contains endotoxic bacteria, and animal protein has been shown to accelerate cancer growth through increased IGF-1 production. Not to mention the fact that we have to cook meat to eat it which often creates more carcinogenic compounds. There’s essentially a dose-response relationship for so many different diseases between meat intake and health outcomes in both cross sectional and interventional studies. I’ve never seen a study that suggests that eating meat is healthier than not eating it. Which by definition means it is not a health promoting part of a diet in any sense (like the example with fish & omega 3s. Instead of eating fish and also getting cholesterol, more inflammatory fats, problematic animal protein, and pollution you can eat walnuts and get fiber and antioxidants). This was a softer take than I’d expect from this channel, but being privy to these things isn’t exactly mainstream or a part of popular science so I’m not super surprised-but a bit disappointed
AVG x G4mer
AVG x G4mer 4 days ago
Basically we evolved eating cooked meat? IS THAT WHY WE CAN’T EAT RAW MEAT!?!?!
Sean Thomas
Sean Thomas 3 days ago
We originally we never ate meat, so if we tried eating meat raw we probably would have at least gotten kinda sick. After we discovered fire and cooking we probably realized we didn’t get sick eating cooked meat which is why we don’t eat raw meat today.
Deadly Skill15
Deadly Skill15 5 days ago
Matt Weger
Matt Weger 5 days ago
7kg of meat a week
C D 5 days ago
I'm allergic to fish so so what should I do now does that make me dumb because someone said that fish make someone smart the most.
C D 2 days ago
@Live freely and Wonderfully in joy. Okay Thanks!
Live freely and Wonderfully in joy.
If u r alegic to fish it Doesnt mean u r dumb just try to healthier and u will benefit form that no doubt.
Prarie Pallet
Prarie Pallet 5 days ago
A&w are trying to use beyond meat Burger's .. they are not using real meat..... lol
Emmalyn Phillips
Emmalyn Phillips 5 days ago
I love medium rare steak in fact I eat me about every day
avery baxter
avery baxter 5 days ago
Live life to its fullest
avery baxter
avery baxter 5 days ago
The way he says vitamin triggers me
David Baer
David Baer 5 days ago
If diabetes is linked to insulin resistance brought on by carbs and sugar how does it make any sense at all that red meat would cause diabetes?
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Short answer:becuse some red meat has fat and may casue you to have high cholesterol levels so yea thats how u can become an diabetic but that's why people also take insulin but only helps with sugar control in the blood but nit necessarly cholesterol.
Joseph Kenny
Joseph Kenny 6 days ago
Here's a tip to eating meat from an 78 years old bodybuilder 1. No processed meat 2. No more than one serving per meal ( about the size of your fist ) 3. No more than 20% fats in the meat 4. Do exercises to eat more meat. ( It'll actually benefit you to eat more meat if you exercise ) 5. Don't eat too much red meat ( only half the amount of meat you eat should be red meat )
Live freely and Wonderfully in joy.
Nah I think chicken meat is better and besides red meat is expensive
Marqan 6 days ago
Are you sure dietary carbohydrate is a necessary building block? Afaik our body can make all the carbohydrate it needs.
Time Gaming2030
Time Gaming2030 6 days ago
But to live animals get stronger or claws while plants make themselves poisonous to wat kills them
CanTheMan 870
Evolution takes place over hundreds of thousands of years, and the way we engineer crops prevents that from happening.
Joseph McKeon
Joseph McKeon 6 days ago
So I shouldn't eat turkey and cheese sandwiches from the deli? I've been eating them for decades, is it too late to stop? By their math my percentage chance of premature death is 1,216%
Elias Blind
Elias Blind 4 days ago
I mean, eating from there once or twice a week is bad but you re still ok. If you mean every other day then yeah thats pretty damaging. The thing is, changing lifestyle reverses some of those effects. Instead of feeling guilty or giving up, why not adaptating to the challenges of a new, better you.
Magic Pigeon
Magic Pigeon 6 days ago
The health doesn’t matter the problem is how we treat and kill all the animals we eat and it is terrible for the environment our planet is falling apart because of meat
Magic Pigeon
Magic Pigeon 5 days ago
• I am a Funny USvidr lol can I ask why do you think we are omnivores? Probably because your parents told you that you are but we are built and act like herbivores we have long intestines made for digesting plants and flat grinding teeth and no claws and most humans can’t even watch an animal die if you were a predator don’t you think we’d be able to watch animals die? And obviously you haven’t done any research many many plant have protein! Where do you think herbivores get their protein? PLANTS!!! And we can too! Why would we hurt animals and wreck our planet if we don’t have to?
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@Magic Pigeon Yea u actually don't need to care about the animals maybe the planet but the animals r meant to be eaten we r Godamn omnivores how do u think u will protein from, from veggies phff give me a break😂
Magic Pigeon
Magic Pigeon 5 days ago
• I am a Funny USvidr lol why I care about our planet and the animals on it?
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@Magic Pigeon May I ask why😂
Magic Pigeon
Magic Pigeon 5 days ago
• I am a Funny USvidr lol I am indeed vegan because I care about animals and our planet
martin saunters
martin saunters 6 days ago
This video brought to you by the meat and dairy association. Oh, C'mon. A 10 year old could debunk this entire video in 5 min. Did Joe Rogan write the script for this?
Mileio Dijeni
Mileio Dijeni 6 days ago
It's under documented and therefore biased.
CanTheMan 870
Because the world heath organization isn't a reliable source. Your claim is under documented and is therefore biased.
L096 YT
L096 YT 6 days ago
7:55 basically me in 3 seconds
LegacyEvoAce 7 days ago
You are an herbivore eating corpses is bad for you the end.
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@oak synia exactly we can eat both meat and veggies but balance is the key in other words an balance diet.
oak synia
oak synia 6 days ago
We are omnivores. if we're herbivores, how can we digest them?
riaaa 7 days ago
if I had a dollar for every time Kurzgesagt said “we’re gonna make a different video for that”.....
Best Youtube Name Ever
So what I'm getting out of this video is eat a non prosest steak with a cup of orange juice
IC Ross
IC Ross 7 days ago
How do we know that our ancestors only ate plants! There are certain apes that live mainly on plants but also occasionally eat meat even while living in a plant jungle. There are other life forms on this planet that live in plant infested areas but are carnivorous. you would think that eating plant life would be a easier more suitable natural food adaptation for them. Lets just say we don't know why we eat meat but that we all should eat a true balanced diet (not that stupid food pyramid) and not overindulge on anything. Signed, Meat Lover!
David Nielsen
David Nielsen 8 days ago
Kurzgasagt: 'Eating a lot of meat may increase the risk of cancer with up to 29%.' Me: 'Worth the risk!' Kurzgesagt: 'This may sound scary...' Me: 'wait what, why?!'
Sammy G
Sammy G 8 days ago
I like your video, but do you want me to go fucking vegan?
Project Pitchfork
Did you watch the Video till the end?
Brendan Mewburn
Brendan Mewburn 8 days ago
Literally just got an ad for dominos plant based beef pizza before watching this wtf
S.U. HAM 8 days ago
헐 ㅋㅋㅋ 진짜로 먹방으로 나오네
王尔靖 8 days ago
ducks are so cute
Just Max
Just Max 8 days ago
I'm watching this video while i'm eating chicken
xxhalogamer22xx 8 days ago
At least I'll die doing what I love and many will agree with me
Jonathan Zentelin
You juste contradicted one of your own video. The thing you eat is more important than the way it is produced? Embarrassing. Very embarrassing.
Live freely and Wonderfully in joy.
Well in that case Being vegan is better then eating meat lol.
oak synia
oak synia 6 days ago
Taylor Von Maxey
Taylor Von Maxey 8 days ago
Did you have a stroke typing this?
CaramelLeek 8 days ago
8:52 Is....is that bird picking mustard and pickle on bread? Ugh.
John Rekesius
John Rekesius 8 days ago
7:20 Ah, yes. Last Tweet Tonight with John Avian.
Michael Williams
Michael Williams 7 days ago
How does this not have more updoots ??
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