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
    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell  2 months ago +1192

    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.

    • Doom2exe
      Doom2exe 3 days ago

      @FriedChocolate In my experience when you anger the left and right at same time you are right.

    • Doom2exe
      Doom2exe 3 days ago

      I thinking most of the problem associated with eating meat come from processed Meats. People need to eat fresh unprocessed meat

    • Mikail gaming
      Mikail gaming 7 days ago

      global warming isnt real are you thicc in the head

    • FriedChocolate
      FriedChocolate 7 days ago

      "Both ends of the spectrums are really upset."
      Kurzgesagt=Enlightened centrists

    • Rhodora Cataluna
      Rhodora Cataluna 8 days ago

      Im a fun

  • degenerous animations
    degenerous animations 2 hours ago

    i personally think that meat is healthy.

  • provenxreaperx
    provenxreaperx 4 hours ago

    we need meat, i need meat, i make meat. i`m a farmer, i feed about 2000 people a year, how many do you feed ?

  • Mati N
    Mati N 6 hours ago +1

    I honestly HATE how many people nowadays glorify veganism as if it was the ultimate solution to climate change. However, in reality, the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by the meat industry is FAR less than that emitted by transport and energy production.

    So, I always tell people to, at least, turn off the lights before they go to sleep or go to the supermarket by bicycle before they decide to go vegan in the first place!!

  • Some Guy
    Some Guy 9 hours ago

    Before I watch
    Technically every food is unhealthy depending on quantity consumed
    Too much meat can be harmful
    Too much vegetable can also be harmful
    Drinking too much water can also be harmful
    But the difference is the amount it takes to make it harmful
    A lot of time you can eat more vegetables than meat before vegetable becomes unhealthy

  • Muzamel Barekzai
    Muzamel Barekzai 14 hours ago +1

    But.. but .. I like meat :/

  • Troy Manster
    Troy Manster 17 hours ago

    Everything on earth is polluted

  • Troy Manster
    Troy Manster 17 hours ago

    Meat processing in the USA is horrendous

  • Trevor Mendez
    Trevor Mendez 22 hours ago +1

    Just give up meat it's evil

  • Wobbuffet/-\Omega

    just give me my hot dog I don't care about all your side effects.

  • NotoriusBEN1
    NotoriusBEN1 Day ago

    Lots of animals are specialized eaters, they eat specific foods, leaves, grass, berries, meat, bugs. Humans eat *everything*. being omnivorous and generalist eaters is a rather successful way to survive. Hell, spicy plants are nature's method of chemical warfare to try and not be eaten, and humans just said, "hey, I like that."
    I don't give a fuck that you choose to be a plant eater, please be considerate and leave me the fuck alone to eat what I want to eat.

    TYKUHN2 Day ago

    I'm sorry but how did you make a colored blob looking amazing. Can I have that taco now?

  • crazy911wman
    crazy911wman Day ago

    1:44 damn it how did they film me?

  • R. L1MB0
    R. L1MB0 Day ago +1

    "Idk lol"
    -cientist, W.h.o bird

  • Carly Dibben
    Carly Dibben Day ago

    Meat is bad eat more plants

  • Carly Dibben
    Carly Dibben Day ago

    This is a lie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Madame Chutzpah
    Madame Chutzpah Day ago

    I hate factory farms and the mistreatment of animals just as much as anybody, but I'm sick of seeing farrowing crates being used to cite animal cruelty like in this cartoon 8:22. For all city people out there, those crates are used to PROTECT young piglets from being crushed to death by their mothers in the weeks following delivery, which they do frequently even when they can roam around freely. The way hogs are treated in factory farms is despicable, but this particular practice is safe and not harmful to the sow.

  • Hüseyin Başak
    Hüseyin Başak Day ago

    We find max. 200 grams per week in Turkey

  • Robert Khamis
    Robert Khamis Day ago

    Do NOT eat diary, meat, eggs, chicken, fish. These are high inflammatory and cause most of the dagerous diseases.

  • Harriett Banish
    Harriett Banish Day ago

    As a vet med. student, as in like the people who actually need to know everything about meat, I highly recommend to cut down on it. Seriously. It's packed with hormones, antibiotics and chemicals. Apart from the fact y'all would probably barf by just looking at those fantastic barrels filled with parasites in slaughterhouses.

  • Swiggy ReX
    Swiggy ReX Day ago

    *laughs in Indian accent*

  • 黄鈞麟
    黄鈞麟 Day ago

    How about carbs and sugar?

  • Kitty the catmonster

    I should REALLY stop eating sausage as much as I do...

    • Meg Stephens
      Meg Stephens Day ago

      Thats because it deserves it's own video it takes time but it will be talked about soon.

  • catechumen24
    catechumen24 2 days ago

    Nothing about regenerative farming????

  • Gabriela Aguilar
    Gabriela Aguilar 2 days ago


  • Hitless KD
    Hitless KD 2 days ago

    I barely eat red meat like 200grams or more per week and i'm pretty healthy if i say so for myself

  • Crony_Games
    Crony_Games 2 days ago

    Kurzgesagt you are my favorite information youtube channel. You do everything with a deep search to the topic and know when to take a side and reflex about something and i think thats very inspiring. But i have a question:

    Are you the bird that is floating in space?

  • Piroman CR
    Piroman CR 2 days ago +1

    I have very low cholesterol but i eat a lot of meat .I do not understand.

  • 9Th Legion
    9Th Legion 2 days ago

    Yeah thats why im 15 and i eat meat a lot and I’m not sick but skinny asfk

    • Meg Stephens
      Meg Stephens Day ago

      You will get sick if you don't exorcize and eat mostly meat as you age.

  • nuitNo.6
    nuitNo.6 2 days ago

    It's dangerous to be vegan if you are an idiot or poor. Which means it's dangerous for 99.999% of the population to be vegan

  • Colin Babian
    Colin Babian 2 days ago +1

    I like meat

  • Collector678 I like fish

    Eh. I’d rather stay with fungi

  • SuperNova999
    SuperNova999 2 days ago

    Wow wow wow, how is smoked meat bad?

  • Roshan Paidi
    Roshan Paidi 2 days ago

    This video deserves 100 million likes much love from india❤❤

  • 『Leonel』
    『Leonel』 2 days ago

    Here in bruhzil we eat meat in every meal, but it's really hard to find someone who has any of the diseases you said in your video! I really do think that NA meat is the problematic one

    • Meg Stephens
      Meg Stephens Day ago +1

      It's just meat that has chemicals and hormones in them and unhealthy eating habits with being lazy that's the main causes.

  • Carrie W
    Carrie W 2 days ago

    Great video k! Love this channel

  • Joël Bolduc
    Joël Bolduc 3 days ago

    They should do a video on plant-based meat...

  • The Stig's Mexican Cousin

    We eat excessively ngl but we are omnivores now we need it


      @Meg Stephens who said that?


      @The Stig's Mexican Cousin how is avoiding the subject, as you did by claiming to not read what I wrote, any better?

    • Meg Stephens
      Meg Stephens Day ago

      @PABLO NIKOLA SANDOVAL GALAVIZ you can't have your views changed WOW what a stubborn child you are it must feel terrible to live in an echo chamber with no friends to talk to😦 just sad.

    • The Stig's Mexican Cousin
      The Stig's Mexican Cousin 2 days ago

      @PABLO NIKOLA SANDOVAL GALAVIZ if you say so. But now you changing the subject wtf, never mind this shit is retarded


      @The Stig's Mexican Cousin "I don't want my views challenged, I won't read this"

  • Tinevimbo Chizema
    Tinevimbo Chizema 3 days ago

    did he say horse !

  • Jacob Gullick
    Jacob Gullick 3 days ago

    U lift the weights u eat the meats!!

  • Wojciech Pordzik
    Wojciech Pordzik 3 days ago +1

    Free range meat healthy
    Caveman was defo not pussy vegan

  • Adge
    Adge 3 days ago

    I think I had a hot dog 2 weeks ago and now I’m scared that I’m gonna prematurely die

    HELLO STUDIOS 3 days ago

    Well thank god i live at country!

  • LtKedobu
    LtKedobu 3 days ago

    5:41 guy looks like Tom Selleck

  • The Potato Of 42
    The Potato Of 42 3 days ago +1

    2:03 Nice Popeye The Sailorman poster on the left.

  • Cameron Henderson
    Cameron Henderson 3 days ago +2

    This is why when I get meat, I only get organic, field raised meat. Less antibiotics and not prepossessed.

  • Scott Benedict
    Scott Benedict 3 days ago +7

    Climate change can be reduced greatly by telling Leo DiCaprio and George Clooney to stop flying private jets to climate change summits.
    Then, we could all eat more meat.

  • Knightime X
    Knightime X 3 days ago +7

    Meh, as long as I live to be about 70ish i'm good.
    Not much else to do when you're old and unable.

  • Dead Beanbags
    Dead Beanbags 4 days ago +1

    You should talk about how how the food pyramid got it wrong,

  • The Kraken HW
    The Kraken HW 4 days ago +1

    I am a vegan and I like how you looked on all sides of the concept. But really, it is pretty easy to tell that meat is NOT good for you.

    • The Kraken HW
      The Kraken HW 3 days ago +1

      @Meg Stephens Good to see I am not the only person that has a brain. The world need to open It's eyes.

    • Meg Stephens
      Meg Stephens 3 days ago +1

      I fully agree with you but it sucks that the idiots in the comments can't even handle cutting back on half the meat they eat it's fine to eat meat most people do but it's the addiction problem with meat that makes it harder for people to cut meat to a healthy amount everyday in other words people need to learn self control and diet more.

  • FlamingMind
    FlamingMind 4 days ago

    Man this really helped

  • Nerdy Guy
    Nerdy Guy 4 days ago +5

    Kurzgesagt: Is meat bad for you
    VeganGains: *yes*

  • Doodle Sphere
    Doodle Sphere 4 days ago +1

    How come these videos have so much dislikes? Don’t people understand the extent of the effort it takes to create something like this?

  • yaggle fraggle
    yaggle fraggle 4 days ago

    "Our vegetarian ancestors started eating meat 2 million years ago"
    Wikipedia: In 2010, fossils of butchered animal bones dated 3.4 million years old were found in Ethiopia, close to regions where australopith fossils were found.
    Even chimps hunt and eat monkeys. Can you please name the ancestor that was vegetarian?

  • Виталий Бурлак

    Im vegan and I feel better than when I ate meat, milk and eggs.

    • Ben Götze
      Ben Götze 3 days ago

      Respect for being a vegan. I try to go vegetarian. But being vegan is not what i like to be. Milk, cheese and things like that are okay for me, If they come from a farm nearby my home. They sell it for a fair price and the animals are running free around and have a nice life.

  • Yousef Adel
    Yousef Adel 4 days ago

    i just want to comment because u are a perfect channel i do not know how to thank u more than that ... thank u form my deep heart for your hard working to make these very useful videos

  • CnCF 0878
    CnCF 0878 4 days ago

    Red meat + processed meat + wedding antibiotics to animals= end of humanity
    Antibiotic resistance right? I'd rather drink water

  • Bleach Smoothie
    Bleach Smoothie 4 days ago +1

    So I guess I’m going to die from a stroke, diabetes, and colorectal cancer! Wow the more you know 😥

  • Jonathan Deeter
    Jonathan Deeter 4 days ago

    Me watching carnivores living much healthier lives than omnivores 👀

    MAHWINGxPS4 4 days ago

    What if you eat 1kg of minced beef or chicken.. no fruit no veg and drink at least 2 cans of Monster.. everyday.. for 5 years, how fucked am I?😂

  • Max Power
    Max Power 5 days ago +1

    Tamo jodidos

  • Painkiller488 X
    Painkiller488 X 5 days ago

    I know I have to behave and don’t eat too much steak

  • Adam Nas
    Adam Nas 5 days ago

    But doesn't the fish first eat plastic and then we eat the plastic?

  • Vaidas Spu
    Vaidas Spu 5 days ago

    Only cows eat grass

  • RCBM Mines
    RCBM Mines 5 days ago +1

    So, Fish and Chicken are awesome and everything else is fishy. Got it.

  • HeyIt'sBaert
    HeyIt'sBaert 5 days ago +1

    I appreciate you taking on the subject just KNOWING you were going to receive thousands and thousands of downvotes just because of the question asked in the title.

    • Jonah Harris
      Jonah Harris 4 days ago

      HeyIt'sBaert so sad that people don’t actually watch the vid and just dislike

  • Prison Riot
    Prison Riot 5 days ago +5

    in our country, hunger poses a more serious health risk.

  • Fumbiz
    Fumbiz 5 days ago

    so is garlic bread in the clear?

  • NightExpert 111
    NightExpert 111 5 days ago +1

    Vegans where you at

    CRAPTASTIC 5 days ago

    Noo! Come back Zinc!!!

  • Azi Poor
    Azi Poor 5 days ago +1

    The best video,please put more nutritional videos

  • Anarkist2k8
    Anarkist2k8 5 days ago

    I'd rather eat a selection of meats and die young than be a vegetarian every day of my life. Fucccckkk thaaat.

    • Hi how are you
      Hi how are you 4 days ago

      It's okay to eat meat but not that much and being vegetarian isn't that bad at least I'm guessing bc I'm a omnivore

  • JojoBeDank
    JojoBeDank 5 days ago

    One thing that I was wondering was at the beginning of the video you said that our ancestors were driven to eat meat out of necessity, which could imply that eating meat was never seen before. However, this is not the case due to knowledge of dinosaur fossil teeth showing to be used for eating meat.

  • Hunson Abadeer
    Hunson Abadeer 5 days ago +2

    So, are vegans right?
    Well yes, but no.

  • Zane Kreger
    Zane Kreger 5 days ago

    Sucks to be me, I despise fish