Is your diet more animal-based rather than plant-based? A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that overconsumption of animal protein and meat could significantly up your risk of death as compared to those who have a more balanced diet. If non-vegetarian food especially red meat is your choice of protein then, you have a 23 per cent higher risk of death, according to this study which was mainly focused on red meat intake. Not just this, the study also pointed out that those men who have type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer have a higher risk of death if they eat too much protein.

Many studies have shown that plant-based diets are good for your health. It is best to eat a balanced diet that does not overindulge in any one kind of food. It is always recommended to have your plant food consumption on the higher side as compared to your consumption of animal sources of food. Now, here are some reasons why excessive intake of animal-based food could be bad for your health:

It’s terrible for heart patients: Red meat is high in saturated fats. Also, the way such meats are cooked is also unhealthy. Often, they are cooked in fat which increases the calorie content making it dangerous for those with heart problems.  A study has found that an allergen found in red meat can lead to a build-up of fats These could block arteries and increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke. Another study found that red meat could up the levels of trimethylamine N-oxide which is produced by the gut bacteria and is also found in red meat. This has been linked to an increase in the risk of heart attacks.

It could damage your liver: A Dutch study observed that the high quantity of saturated fat in red meat could cause fatty liver. Processed red meat like bacon and sausages is even more dangerous as it could increase the inflammation and insulin resistance and up the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

It could cause kidney diseases: Over-emphasis on red meat in your diet puts at direct risk of kidney failure. In fact, a study found that people who consumed a high quantity of red meat had a 40 per cent increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease.

It could up the risk of diabetes: A study by the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore found that excessive intake of red meat and poultry could increase the risk of diabetes mainly because of the high content of heme iron in these meats.