Red Meat and Nutrition

Red meat has long played an important role in the diet of humans. But exactly what do we mean when we talk about red meat? Red meat is made up of muscles that are used for extended periods of activity, such as standing, running or moving around. These activities require a consistent energy source. Hence the protein myoglobin stores oxygen in the muscle, and the oxygen is used to produce energy needed for constant activities. Myoglobin is a reddish pigment colored protein. The more myoglobin available in the cells, the redder, or darker the meat appear. The term 'red meat' is used by the meat industry to refer to meat from cattle, sheep and goat (ie beef, veal, lamb, mutton and goat meat). As far as nutrition is concerned, red meat contains a unique bundle of nutrients essential for good health. Learn more about red meat's role in a healthy diet.

Historical use of food colourants: The addition of colourants to food dates back to Egyptian times when wine & natural plant extracts were added to candies to make them more attractive to children. Synthetic food colourants have been added to food products more than 100 years ago when food production became industrialised.

Since ancient times, people have attributed a variety of health benefits to moderate consumption of fermented beverages such as wine and beer. Archaeological evidence suggests that the earliest known wine production occurred in Georgia (Eurasia) around 7,000 BC. There was domestication of grapevine during the Bronze Age sites including those from Egypt from around the third millennium BC. In Europe, it seemed to have started in Greece some 6,500 years. Traces of ancient wine dating back some 3,000 years have been discovered in China. In all these regions of the world, the same fermentation process by yeast caused the breakdown of mostly fructose (sugar) in grapes into alcohol. Taste may depend on types of grape used, length and method of fermentation. Ethanol (alcohol) is a component of many liquid medications too. For the non-Muslim who consume alcohol beverages, it’s no secret that excessive alcohol consumption is linked to increased risk of morbidity and mortality, as well as with home/work related, and traffic accidents.

Move over junk food. Clean eating is the new ‘it’ trend in 2017. Whether you are health conscious or junk food enthusiast on a road map to better health, clean eating is a relatively facile eating pattern that focuses on fresh, whole foods. It is not about tracking your calories intake, but rather making a smart decision to eat minimally processed foods which provide maximal nutritional value for an optimum long term health. When there is a will, there are ten ways you can do to maintain a clean eating lifestyle.

It’s estimated that from birth till age 50, we would have ‘consumed’ up to two tons of toxic wastes from our food, water, beverages, medications, and environmental pollution. Since we’re constantly being exposed to toxic metals and chemicals, we may never be able to remove all toxins from our blood and body tissues. Water-based toxins may be removed through our kidneys and skin. In women, monthly menstruation cycle also helps in detoxification. However, most heavy metals are trapped in body adipose (fats) tissues and difficult to remove. Being bio-accumulative, these metals present in blood of an expecting mother could be passed on to her fetus through its placenta. Heavy metals have been linked to higher incidence of autism, attention deficit disorder, and mental retardation in children (Drum 2009).

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