If and how much animal protein we should eat are pretty hotly contested topics these days. In the case of red meat — which includes beef, pork, lamb, veal, and mutton — you’ve heard it all. It’s good for you. It’s bad for you. It will kill you. So what can you believe? Whether you’re a seasoned meat eater or a long-time vegetarian, there may be some things you still need to learn. For those of you who value both your time and your health, our list of pros and cons is a must.
1. Pro: Boosts energy levels
There’s a reason a lot of young kids are told eating their meat will make them grow up big and strong. Red meat is a great source of iron, which is a needed to make hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein found in red blood cells. Without enough iron, this whole process slows down. This means iron plays an essential role in maintaining a person’s energy levels. According to a health guide from The New York Times, a person with iron deficiency can expect to feel a lack of energy, shortness of breath, and headache.