You might become dehydrated
Thanks to the increase in uric acid from processing those proteins, you might notice you’re extra thirsty on a meat-heavy diet. “The kidneys do need more water to dilute those toxic waste products,” says Passerrello. “To produce that urine, we need to pull [water] out of our bodies.” That could leave you dehydrated if you aren’t careful, so make sure you sip plenty of water to make up for it.
You could contribute to climate change
Even if you aren’t worried about your health risk, there’s another reason you might want to cut back on meat: the environment. By cutting out all or some meat and replacing those kilojoules with fruits and vegetables, you could play a part in reducing greenhouse gases. “Even by slightly reducing your animal protein consumption, you can help eat a little more sustainably,” says Braddock.
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