Is Meat Bad for You? Is Meat Unhealthy?

  • Published: 09 June 2019
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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

    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.

    • Isekai no Kyuubi
      Isekai no Kyuubi  1 days back

      Kurzgesagt if there was still no cultivation, we would still be hunting for food. We only cultivated plants just because we can't originally eat them. Meanwhile, our ancestors lived on fruits and meat.

    • its Deluxe
      its Deluxe  2 days back

      Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell thanks for This vedeo

    • Guybrush Threepwood
      Guybrush Threepwood  3 days back

      @Elise Erickson "People seem to think earing meat makes thrm strong or masculine or powerful" - you clearly have your own issues because what you're saying is absolute and utter bullshit. Seek help, log off.

    • Guybrush Threepwood
      Guybrush Threepwood  3 days back

      @Heather Dyett You are wrong.

    • Melvin Plays Gaming and Airsoft
      Melvin Plays Gaming and Airsoft  1 weeks back

      Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell great video. Thx for giving me insight on what I need to do

  • Ankush L
    Ankush L  4 hours back

    I love meat, and have cut down drastically on processed/fast food meat, never going to stop eating bacon though (even if its just twice a year), its just too yummy. Grilled chicken once a week or once in two weeks, mutton rarely eaten, missing eating beef once in a way...thanks for a great video!!!

    • Exaflaer
      Exaflaer  6 hours back

      bruh the dude literally hit the crowd with a "idk, lol" mf madlad

      • smt
        smt  6 hours back

        How many are Non-Veg here?

        • Oğuzhan
          Oğuzhan  15 hours back

          Avarage Turk eats 5 gram meat per week cuz of erdogan

          • jstrahan2
            jstrahan2  17 hours back

            Humans evolved as omnivores, so meat is not bad for you. Of course, anything in excess is a bad thing. Also, you lost me at about 8:10 when you mentioned climate change. There is no empirical evidence that significant human-caused climate change exists. You have fallen for that hoax.

            • CynDystro
              CynDystro  20 hours back


              • Joshua Jeong
                Joshua Jeong  21 hours back

                Well I’m kinda glad my favorite food type is seafood.

                • Toxified Sushi
                  Toxified Sushi  23 hours back

                  Forget it, how can I buy a farm cuz literally all the bad parts is processed meat

                  • mapa mapa
                    mapa mapa  1 days back

                    A theme, a reason, explanation, more concrete reason, explanation of it, example, and return to initial theme. How wonderful The logical structure is..

                    • Jacob Gabriel
                      Jacob Gabriel  1 days back


                      • Jacob Gabriel
                        Jacob Gabriel  1 days back

                        Vitamin c is found in buckets in liver and other organs

                        • Mr. epic
                          Mr. epic  8 hours back

                          Dude just watch the whole video

                        • Lia Rachman
                          Lia Rachman  1 days back

                          Did you even watch the video

                      • Andrew Dean
                        Andrew Dean  1 days back

                        i go with with fish i love fish

                        • Derick Chafton
                          Derick Chafton  1 days back

                          Meat is bad they basically admit it. Even saying that vegetarians live overall healthier lives. So you are better off eating vegan

                          • Hiro
                            Hiro  1 days back

                            Are you stupid, didnt you just watch this video??

                        • Derick Chafton
                          Derick Chafton  1 days back

                          Vegan isn't extreme. Not eating at all would be extreme. Vegan is superior diet. You need to ween yourself off of meat though. Some people are required to eat meat though due to their karma.

                          • Mr. epic
                            Mr. epic  7 hours back

                            @Derick Chafton OK

                          • Derick Chafton
                            Derick Chafton  8 hours back

                            @Mr. epic you shall burn for your carnivorous ways

                          • Mr. epic
                            Mr. epic  8 hours back

                            @Derick Chafton I know being vegan is healthy but eating healthy meat isn't a sin or something bad logically and most of the food I eat are vegetables and some meat

                          • Derick Chafton
                            Derick Chafton  24 hours back

                            @Lia Rachman live a fool die a fool. What do I care

                          • Lia Rachman
                            Lia Rachman  1 days back

                            Nice but ill stick to delicious cheeseburgers,and yummy steaks😝

                        • Harsh Rathi
                          Harsh Rathi  1 days back

                          your videos are too informative and addictive to watch!😁😊

                          • Orthospy 154452
                            Orthospy 154452  2 days back

                            I wached this as i inhaled pizza roles
                            Im in danger

                            • Ryu the N00b
                              Ryu the N00b  2 days back

                     that John Oliver? 7:22

                              • yui kadir
                                yui kadir  2 days back

                                i like the animation and i like saint

                                • Dabber Master
                                  Dabber Master  2 days back

                                  Well it is obvious that meat can be Unhealthy because of what they put in the animals for us to eat meat,that is the main problem that people don't know because farmers have not told them yet. Some people become Pescatarians and Vegetarians and also Vegans because of this or either animal rights.

                                  • CHONK is ROCK
                                    CHONK is ROCK  2 days back

                                    I ate a triple bacon chili burger with cheese just because this video exists.

                                    • Deady DeadSh0t
                                      Deady DeadSh0t  2 days back

                                      Next video : is air bad for you ?

                                      • kartik adhia
                                        kartik adhia  2 days back

                                        it is. because of the pollution, you know.

                                    • ven ra
                                      ven ra  2 days back

                                      It's not meat that is bad.
                                      It's you who eat too much.

                                      • kartik adhia
                                        kartik adhia  2 days back

                                        and the way in which it is produced

                                    • eccentricwriter
                                      eccentricwriter  3 days back

                                      the only logical thing to do is eat whatever tastes good since you're gonna die anyways

                                      • Nayla Iasmin
                                        Nayla Iasmin  3 days back

                                        Vivo assistindo os vídeos de vocês ( parabéns são maravilhosos) e ainda não aprendi a pronunciar o nome do canal .

                                        • Cash Ragland
                                          Cash Ragland  3 days back

                                          The bird at start of the video was thinking my... brother!

                                          • Plastic mask with a Cat in the hat ruler

                                            Um I ONLY eat meat : |

                                            • Creeper Cordie
                                              Creeper Cordie  3 days back

                                              2:10 the person who animated that must have had a whale of a time LOL!

                                              • Mari Gato
                                                Mari Gato  3 days back

                                                The sausage bird really scarred me

                                                • Umut Bozkurt
                                                  Umut Bozkurt  3 days back

                                                  Moralim bozuldu amk

                                                  • Peter Polakovic
                                                    Peter Polakovic  3 days back

                                                    Can you make a vid about negative impact of agriculture and intensive plant production too? please

                                                    • Peter Polakovic
                                                      Peter Polakovic  1 days back

                                                      @LadyGaGa is hot no, but its completely ignored, and some things are pretty worrying. And some sort of people need to see thats its not so green as they think

                                                    • LadyGaGa is hot
                                                      LadyGaGa is hot  2 days back

                                                      It's not that bad tbh, it's benefits far outweigh the cons

                                                  • Dee
                                                    Dee  3 days back

                                                    Love your videos! Can you tell me what tools you use to make these? Adobe After Effects?

                                                    • Mari Gato
                                                      Mari Gato  3 days back

                                                      Yeah they use Adobe after effects or something related to adobe

                                                  • VoicesFromTheDungeon Yeah

                                                    my brother was telling me that we clearly have canines which means we evolved to eat meat. No?

                                                    • Ooflifeismylife Yee
                                                      Ooflifeismylife Yee  4 days back

                                                      Kurgasagt makes vid about meat facts facts angry vegans attack them 4 leaving out details no one cares about

                                                      • TheShitCow69
                                                        TheShitCow69  4 days back

                                                        Fellow vegans and vegetarians, where y'all at?

                                                        • CompletelyNewguy
                                                          CompletelyNewguy  4 days back

                                                          So all we have to do is eat the ENTIRE animal.

                                                          • canon
                                                            canon  4 days back

                                                            Most people in one of these videos: when our ancestors started eating meat it was because...

                                                            My version of one of these videos: No, thanks for watching

                                                            • Igor Cherkasov
                                                              Igor Cherkasov  4 days back

                                                              Can you audio narrate my entire life? You have a beautiful voice

                                                              • Anthony Kudela
                                                                Anthony Kudela  4 days back

                                                                hmm... meat is unhealthy.

                                                                • jakisa emma
                                                                  jakisa emma  4 days back

                                                                  The video quality is amazing... What does kurzgesagt mean

                                                                  • Gaming Dad
                                                                    Gaming Dad  4 days back

                                                                    Kurzgesagt: no vitamin c = scurvy
                                                                    Me: stares at people who been pure carnivore for decades...o0

                                                                    • wolfo slavy boi
                                                                      wolfo slavy boi  4 days back

                                                                      I no meaaat

                                                                      • Death Cold
                                                                        Death Cold  5 days back

                                                                        Lets face it! Its hard to resist eating meat but it lessen our lifespan too.

                                                                        • sal pit
                                                                          sal pit  5 days back

                                                                          inuits=real life zomies cuz tey eat brains

                                                                          • Luther Gyi
                                                                            Luther Gyi  5 days back

                                                                            But idk if bacon is bad

                                                                            • Luther Gyi
                                                                              Luther Gyi  5 days back

                                                                              My meat is good

                                                                              • ldhme
                                                                                ldhme  5 days back

                                                                                Cut down on meat or shave some years off my life?
                                                                                To put it another way, 40 years left with meat or 35 without?
                                                                                The only question left to answer is shall I have it grilled or fried.......

                                                                                • FragArena99
                                                                                  FragArena99  5 days back

                                                                                  fat is not the problem , carbohydrate is
                                                                                  Do healthy keto for the most efficient health benefit