Health Influencers Promote Eating Raw Meat; Is It Safe?

Health Influencers Promote Eating Raw Meat; Is It Safe?

Food safety experts say that consuming raw meat or milk poses a serious health riskNew Delhi: Prominent social media health influencers are promoting eating raw meat, especially the liver, saying it gives them more energy and better digestion. Popular ones like Brian Johnson, better known as the Liver King – the self-proclaimed “CEO of ancestral lifestyle” are advocating eating at least 3 ounces of raw liver, ground beef, or bull testicles in every meal. “Why eat vegetables when you can eat testicles?” is his frequently uttered tagline on Tik Tok, where Johnson has at least four million followers and 81.5 likes. There are many more like Paul Saladino, aka the Carnivore, who says unpasteurized milk is best for health as heating it zaps key benefits.However, food safety experts say that consuming raw meat or milk poses a serious health risk. Why are raw foods not good? It is a popular belief that heating or cooking food kills nutrients, but experts say it is not true for all foods. According to studies, major nutrients in meat, including protein and vitamins, are not affected by normal cooking temperatures, which is why searing a steak or baking a chicken breast does not alter the food’s basic nutritional value. 1 But the risks of eating raw meats outweigh over cooked ones. Experts say uncooked meat can infect you with campylobacters and salmonellas, apart from parasites like roundworms and tapeworms, which can potentially be fatal if not treated well in time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, Campylobacter, a bacterium that causes campylobacteriosis, is the most common bacterial cause of diarrheal illness across the world. Also, salmonella, which typically lives in animal and human intestines, causes serious infection by eating raw or undercooked meat, poultry, or eggs or by drinking raw milk. CDC also says more than 60 million people get sick from foodborne illnesses across the world every year. Doctors say it is important to thoroughly cook the meat, especially the ground ones, which transfer bacteria that may have been on the surface of the meat to the interior during the grinding process. Also, apart from the bacteria, raw meat has extremely high amounts of copper and vitamin A, an overdose of which can have severe health effects. Research has found that beef livers also contain antibiotic residue, which is normally at a concentration too low to harm humans but could pose a problem if it is eaten regularly. 2 Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.What is a bacterial infection?Bacterial infections are any illness or condition caused by bacterial growth or poisons (toxins). You can get sick from getting harmful bacteria in your skin, gut (GI tract), lungs, heart, brain, blood or anywhere else in your body. What are the types of bacterial infections?Bacteria causes many types of infections depending on how you have been exposed and what part of your body it infects. Some common types of bacterial infections include food poisoning, skin infections, STDs, pneumonia, and UTI What are the symptoms of bacterial infection?The symptoms of bacterial infection include fever, redness or rashes on your skin, chills, fatigue, headaches, diarrhoea, breathlessness, neck stiffness, nausea, low blood pressure, cough, sweating

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