Is Meat Bad for You? Is Meat Unhealthy?

  • Published: 09 June 2019
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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: 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:

    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.

    • I Got This
      I Got This  2 days back

      Freeman Pennington are you high 💗

    • Matminster
      Matminster  3 days back

      I want to start firstly by saying this isn't an attack in any shape of form and shame on those for feeling it is necassary to do so. I just noticed that you said "Look forward to more diet related videos next year" and just wanted to mention something you might find interesting.

      There are a lot of statements in this video that are quite contradictive of a newly released film, The Game Changers. I thought this film was very factual and well informed and even demonstrated the results of conducting their own tests and the effects on several vital parameters in a way I had not previously considered. To an extent, I think some of what is being stated here is whilst fairly representing uninterpreted factual information, but the lack of subsequent discussion accidentally implies several potentially wrong conclusions. I appreciate that this is an incredibly inflammatory and certainly complex subject and kudos for having approached the subject in a purely scientific and objective viewpoint, I greatly respect your achievement of having done so. However, I do think that in order to catch this subject area in a balanced and holistic way, a variety of other topics and discussions are necessary. If you haven't already, I'd suggest watching The Game Changers in order to generate new viewpoints and questions. I'm not advocating the vegan lifestyle they promote despite being one, I'm just suggesting that they took a somewhat holistic approach and presentenced some unusual and fascinating data and information. It definitely is something to consider at the very least.

      Thanks and keep up the great work, I really enjoy your videos.

    • Freeman Pennington
      Freeman Pennington  4 days back

      Sorry but science is already proven that the vegan vegetarian garbage is a bunch of nonsense that causes starvation of the body which causes you to eventually get fat when you do eat other things other than vegetables and would not work unless you had a strict vegetarian diet which would cause your body to start starving and deteriorating from lack of protein sorry but you lose due to lack of facts and evidence

  • Tim Wirshing
    Tim Wirshing  3 hours back

    Where do eggs fall into this?

    • Valentina Dumitru
      Valentina Dumitru  11 hours back

      Let’s take a minute to think this contradiction over; “we can’t provide people with tons of meat and still treat animals humanely.” How is killing anything considered humane?! 🤦🏻‍♀️

      • Kyle Williams
        Kyle Williams  14 hours back

        Serious question my body will not digest veg and fruit well most of it comes out the same way It went in ???? How am I meant to eat more veg and fruit when my body just does not digest it ???

        • Ahmed Mohamed
          Ahmed Mohamed  15 hours back

          الانسان لم يكن قرد،،ولو كان لتحولت اغلب القرود لانواع اخرة من البشر،،،ولتطورنا نحن البشر واصبحنا نطير ونطفو

          • game movie
            game movie  17 hours back

            Humans: I am only going to eat processed food and red meat today
            The next day: (talking to waiter) ok I am going to eat a beef sandwich and a pizza

            • Amarelows
              Amarelows  18 hours back


              • 이충훈
                이충훈  21 hours back


                • egg dog
                  egg dog  1 days back

                  fun fact kitty cats can eat raw meat and if you give your kitty cat raw meat make sure its high quality and stuff

                  • Τάσος Περόγλου

                    Can you please make a video about vaping? Is vaping safe? Does vaping cause popcorn lung? Is vaping healthier comparing to smoking? I'm really interesting about your point of view.

                    • Hadi Qaas
                      Hadi Qaas  1 days back

                      I don!t eat meat a lot 💙

                      • Chituschu Fana
                        Chituschu Fana  2 days back

                        2020 i'm going on vegetarian's way

                      • Hruaia Sinate
                        Hruaia Sinate  2 days back

                        i just watched a video of man who had a worm inside his lips which was cause by his intake of meat, probably uncooked, I just feel nauseous and kinda think of evolving into vegan

                        • gemesyth
                          gemesyth  2 days back

                          Well, it depends on the meat if spinach contains more or less Iron.

                          • Pixelazer 7
                            Pixelazer 7  2 days back

                            Here's my theory:
                            Meat gives you the things your body needs because it is a body.

                            • BuzziMuzzi
                              BuzziMuzzi  14 hours back

                              It’s good you’re not a scientist LMAO

                            • Diogo
                              Diogo  1 days back

                              Thats a 9 year old theory

                          • SexyPancake
                            SexyPancake  2 days back

                            Show this to Joe Rogan

                            • MOONLIGHT SHADOW
                              MOONLIGHT SHADOW  2 days back

                              Shyly looks down and smiles... No. 😨

                              • alex botz
                                alex botz  2 days back

                                Why do I hear tons of Robocraft sound effects

                                • Jimmy-James Olivier-McCutcheon

                                  plant based nutrition !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                  • MakeupByCovi
                                    MakeupByCovi  2 days back

                                    I eat 0g meat because im vegan.

                                    • chenFan#0998
                                      chenFan#0998  2 days back

                                      good for you, we all care about your diet very much, stranger

                                  • Dr. Pyro TF2, Etc.
                                    Dr. Pyro TF2, Etc.  2 days back

                                    Meat is fine with moderation
                                    I eat mostly meat lol

                                    • SAM SAMMY
                                      SAM SAMMY  2 days back

                                      No one can't stop me from eating meat

                                      • Alex the Lord of Fire
                                        Alex the Lord of Fire  2 days back

                                        Well, but here in Spain our diet is very reliable on meat and we have one of the highest life expectancy rates, and I can assure you it is not due to a "good health care". It is true we include a lot of fish, but we also eat tons of cow and big; we actually eat all of it. On the other hand, it is true we don't have that much processed food.

                                        • Stuart Thompson
                                          Stuart Thompson  2 days back

                                          Here's a fact about this video its vegan im surprised they havent put it in a title

                                          • Darkstride Is I
                                            Darkstride Is I  3 days back

                                            When you realize meat contains almost everything you need, because you are meat

                                          • Yesh Studios
                                            Yesh Studios  3 days back

                                            I looooooooooooooooooooove animating, but I usually just animate 2d animations.

                                            • Aqua Cuber
                                              Aqua Cuber  3 days back

                                              Still waiting for that video

                                              • papata
                                                papata  3 days back

                                                After this the channel should be renamed to kackgesagt

                                                • Gantulga Gantugs
                                                  Gantulga Gantugs  3 days back


                                                  • LaylaCupcake Fox
                                                    LaylaCupcake Fox  3 days back

                                                    um i just shove meat in ma face......... I'm fine

                                                    • Den Antori
                                                      Den Antori  3 days back

                                                      Why can't one balance between meat and vegetables and fruits , also more regulation of meat industry, bit we always want a be all end all solution and we don't want to spend money, also many rich people can afford good food but the poor are not in our considerations of people dying of the food

                                                      • broccolidood
                                                        broccolidood  3 days back

                                                        Yes. Yes

                                                        • 眉秀趕眸
                                                          眉秀趕眸  3 days back

                                                          Less meat consumption sounds good for the stop extreme weather and our health

                                                          • Bay Hipnoz
                                                            Bay Hipnoz  3 days back

                                                            Guys pig meats are wery unhealty.And pig meat has a very more bacteries.

                                                            • King Grace
                                                              King Grace  3 days back

                                                              Can someone send me the one about how they treat the animals please

                                                              • JJ Assalt
                                                                JJ Assalt  3 days back

                                                                Green is good but red is blyatfull

                                                                • Ruby Rwby
                                                                  Ruby Rwby  3 days back

                                                                  Are you telling me Popeyes strength wasn't real??! :0

                                                                  • papata
                                                                    papata  3 days back

                                                                    They're are telling you bullshit

                                                                • Orion
                                                                  Orion  4 days back

                                                                  Alcohol and bad things (see drugs) and red meat consumption are the triggers.

                                                                  • MIKO Mihael64
                                                                    MIKO Mihael64  4 days back

                                                                    FUZZY PICKLES!

                                                                    • ChrisTheLoneWolf
                                                                      ChrisTheLoneWolf  4 days back

                                                                      Its simple. Stick to what we’ve been doing for hundreds of years: eat a bit of everything. Grains, fruit, vegetables, and meats.

                                                                      • Don Wald
                                                                        Don Wald  4 days back

                                                                        SJW bullshit. SJW bullshit. SJW bullshit.
                                                                        SJW bullshit. SJW bullshit. SJW bullshit.
                                                                        SJW bullshit. SJW bullshit. SJW bullshit.

                                                                      • Doritos 424
                                                                        Doritos 424  4 days back

                                                                        Kurzesagt: processed meat causes cancer.
                                                                        Europeans: screams in sausage

                                                                        • so basically im monkey

                                                                          time to go V E G A N

                                                                          • a ghosh
                                                                            a ghosh  4 days back

                                                                            *Except India. The largest vegetarian group is here.*

                                                                            • Kizuro Shirosaki
                                                                              Kizuro Shirosaki  4 days back

                                                                              I would recommend PETA to watch this. But I remember that this is PETA we're talking about. So nevermind

                                                                              • Tony Fontaine
                                                                                Tony Fontaine  4 days back

                                                                                Is this a science channel or ethics channel?

                                                                                • Tony Fontaine
                                                                                  Tony Fontaine  4 days back

                                                                                  Climate change is fake news.

                                                                                  • 아환생했당
                                                                                    아환생했당  4 days back

                                                                                    먹방은 영어단어가 없나요?