Is Meat Bad for You? Is Meat Unhealthy?

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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.

    • 蔡徐坤
      蔡徐坤 12 hours ago

      @Heather Dyett I hate to say this, but you are bringing your personal opinion into the debate. While there certainly is negative health effect, meat should be a staple part of our daily meal. While from a brain health point of view, meat should be avoided at all cost, but from an athlete's point of view, meat is essential. There is no right and wrong in this debate. It truly is that Moderate consume of meat is not unhealthy.

    • 蔡徐坤
      蔡徐坤 12 hours ago

      I have a very interesting question for u guys: If meat is bad for brain health, then, how should we really look at meat?

    • naberrrrr5678
      naberrrrr5678 12 hours ago

      You made Cherry picking thos time, so sad for you. You close your eyes all the paper that about carbs and insulin. But you write meat causes insulin from what paper? Come on...

    • 4Horsemen
      4Horsemen 22 hours ago



      You are biased though.
      Then your videos come across like they are the neutral truth.
      Which is not the case. Hire some researchers.
      And do not state conclusions or personal opinions as truth. Mark them as opinion.

  • jan pralkin
    jan pralkin 4 hours ago

    9 million subs congrats.

  • Anthony Chammas
    Anthony Chammas 4 hours ago +1

    We all gonna die won day do wataver you want

  • DarkSciencez
    DarkSciencez 5 hours ago

    _laughs in vegetarian_

  • ultrix soma
    ultrix soma 5 hours ago

    As a former vegan, eating meat saved my life.

  • Gacha Alex
    Gacha Alex 7 hours ago

    Meat is not unhealthy,it’s not about the heath risks,it’s about a balanced diet

  • Trovinizard
    Trovinizard 7 hours ago

    Can you guys do a video on automation and how it might affect jobs and our economy. I have been listening to Andrew Yang he supports UBI and I just watched your UBI video. I was wondering if you could do the same for Automation.

  • Joeleo Yencha
    Joeleo Yencha 7 hours ago

    Do you think that kurzgesagt should go to a place like vidcon like if you agree

  • philip ouellette
    philip ouellette 7 hours ago

    Please make a video on Space Time. I still cannot understand how time is anything more than a concept and yet Time Dilation exists.

  • Momento curioso
    Momento curioso 8 hours ago

    Liver has already Vitamin C

  • Dante Rodriguez
    Dante Rodriguez 8 hours ago +2

    I’ll bet Kurzgesagt is pissing off every profesional English teacher out there when he says “vitamins”

  • chris duncan
    chris duncan 11 hours ago +1


  • Lemuel Rafael Abotanatin
    Lemuel Rafael Abotanatin 11 hours ago +1

    *clap* *clap* eat review

  • Amrith Nadendla
    Amrith Nadendla 12 hours ago +1

    "its not the amount of meat but how you treat the meat" binging with babish

  • InYa Fatha
    InYa Fatha 12 hours ago +2

    Eating a 180g bag of pepperoni while watching this .

  • Ribhi Saleh
    Ribhi Saleh 12 hours ago +1

    Looks like its healthier not to eat anything :)

  • Kaspikey
    Kaspikey 13 hours ago

    I mean, I pretty much live off of Tater Tots, French Fries, Hot Sauce, and chicken so-

  • Roi Vincent Albatiera
    Roi Vincent Albatiera 13 hours ago +2

    Filipinos and Latinos: We 👏dont👏care👏We'll👏die👏anyway👏at👏some👏point👏

  • Rhett Melton
    Rhett Melton 15 hours ago


  • Gucci Tx
    Gucci Tx 17 hours ago

    Monkey D. Luffy would destroy you

  • Guilherme dias
    Guilherme dias 17 hours ago

    How will the new 5G data network work and what will its impacts on the human body?

  • Jackie Chandler
    Jackie Chandler 17 hours ago

    Here’s a thought we could delve into... What if an intelligent life forms life span was thousands of years, and their thought process and perception of time was VERY slow? Would they seem to be in slow motion to us? Would they even notice the activities of life forms like us? Would we be like the flash to them, to fast to see? Would their perception of the universe be completely different? Let me know what you guys think of this thought experiment.

  • French mapping
    French mapping 18 hours ago

    Plants died because of global cooling not global warming

  • Megumin Konosuba
    Megumin Konosuba 19 hours ago

    when Will this channel reaches 10 000 000 subs I cant wait to see and celebrate🙌🙌🙌

  • Jatin Raniwal
    Jatin Raniwal 19 hours ago

    Congratulations for 9 million subscribers.

  • Sharki
    Sharki 19 hours ago +2

    Meat diets
    My friends: 50%
    Me: one week 10% another week 90%
    I’m weird

  • Boilt The Star Wars Guy

    Wait a fucking fuck are those birds eating that chicken?

  • Ty Ice Blaze
    Ty Ice Blaze 20 hours ago

    You just ruined my dreams of the biggest steak

  • Deskon Azubuike Onyx
    Deskon Azubuike Onyx 20 hours ago

    What the Health.

  • Cameron Frye
    Cameron Frye 20 hours ago

    It really is intensely simple. 4 million years, across several different species that eventually became our own, all eating meat. So many seemingly think evolution is this slow, see-how-long-it-takes-the-honey-to-drip sequence that takes 30 million years to make one difference, but it's not. In truth, most of the time it only takes a few generations if that. Some people over the course of only a few millennia are now able to safely dive dozens of meters deep without even having to think about it to catch their fish, yet at our public pool that has a deep end 4m descended my ears popped and got so tight it hurt by the time I was almost at the bottom. Some people are able to live on large mountains where air is so thin they have to go down the hill to hunt, because no other wildlife lives up there. Most are able to drink the milk that comes from a species that has barely anything in common with our own (ahem, cows), but some aren't. Some people touch a cashew and go into shock. Most don't. We are able to eat meat, whether it takes us to 150 years old or not, we are able to. Speaking of that, have fun being 150.

    Let's say meat eating is only a million years old. Let's say the first spear/javelin is the first time humanity ever ate the meat of another animal. That's not at all how it went, but just to throw some sugar to the PETA vegans that I was literally dying after being tricked by. One million years, of what? One million years of eating meat. One million years of eating meat across billions, and billions, and so many more billions of people. Each and every one with the exception of a few who didn't, almost exclusively for religious reasons. Now, forgive me (you don't need to though because this is the opposite of an apology), but I'm now pretty hesitant to think that over the course of one million years, our bodies did nothing to be able to cope with it. That over so much time and so many people, nothing happened to turn us into omnivores that are able to live vitally off of more than plants alone. And quite frankly, the fact that simply starting to eat ham and turkey sandwiches again after 2/3 of a year being so deep vegetarian if I'd stopped eating a layer of mayo on my veggie sandwiches I'd be in the clear, has me pretty convinced that it's alright. Not the way we get it, I intend to learn hunting soon enough so I never have to put demand on a slaughterhouse ever again, but that eating it is alright on a bio-basis. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but know first you're trying to correct someone who'd otherwise be dead or at least hospitalized if he didn't say "I really want a hoagie again" one day a year and a half ago. Have fun.

  • Luis Cañamar - MediaBros

    Short version: No.

  • AJ Flemister
    AJ Flemister 21 hour ago

    GOSH DANG IT... I'm allergic to fish...

  • Ana Yen
    Ana Yen 21 hour ago +1

    Y'all, just eat a balanced diet with less processed foods and y'all will survive for years to come, no need to panic mah dudes

  • Eghan HD
    Eghan HD 22 hours ago

    I'm vegan not because I love animals I'm vegan because I hate plants and don't want to die.

  • bernardakoito
    bernardakoito 22 hours ago

    Eating no meat causes highhorsesyndrome

  • Naverdo Sandeep
    Naverdo Sandeep 22 hours ago

    I eat about 500-1000 grams of meat per month

  • Open Core
    Open Core 22 hours ago +1

    Im having trust issues with my food now

  • Funky Monk
    Funky Monk 22 hours ago

    I liked this video, I'm gonna eat less meat. Not being a jerk, I legit liked this.

  • Paulina Mocna
    Paulina Mocna 23 hours ago


  • Aiden Butler
    Aiden Butler 23 hours ago +2

    Short answer: no
    Long answer: noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • 이경준
    이경준 Day ago +1

    muk bang? muk bang who? wait, WHO?

  • Juan Martín
    Juan Martín Day ago

    Very informative video, but NO CONCLUSIONS

  • SurrealGlow
    SurrealGlow Day ago

    Wait. So our ancestors had to eat meat because of climate change. Hmmmm so why everyone freaking out over climate if the climate has been changing all the time throughout the existence of this planet?

  • chaitanya athalye

    Meat is bad because it causespain to other sentient beings. And human beings are not on the top of the food chain. We are not on the top of environment. We are part of environment and therefore, we don't have any right to take life of anyone unless extremely necessary.

  • A. M.
    A. M. Day ago

    Spinach has more iron than meat? That sounds weird.

  • Asjinga Akangka
    Asjinga Akangka Day ago +1

    Everything that is overconsumed is bad. Even vegetables.

  • Anthony Anderson

    Take this video down! You are giving Vegans and PETA more cause to support their beliefs! Lol

  • monika yordanova
    monika yordanova Day ago +1

    I loved this video. I'm looking forward to the ones on dairy and overfishing!

  • 黃晨曦
    黃晨曦 Day ago

    Pickled hotdog emmmmmm

  • Jody Mitoma
    Jody Mitoma Day ago +1

    Just stopped by. First video I see. Already subscribed. Off to watch a few more. Cheers from Canada! 😊👍

  • W S
    W S Day ago

    A vegan made this video


    Hire more researchers.
    The researcher:designer quota in your team should be around 30:70 or ideally 50:50 or in scientific dreamland: MORE RESEARCHERS THAN DESIGNERS.
    You are the most successful, now you need to step up your research game to grow according your ethical responsibility.
    And do not aim for more popularity, you are popular enough, aim for scientific accuracy.

  • TRe' CooL
    TRe' CooL Day ago +1

    People love hearing (& making vids) good news, about their bad habits.
    Your vid is bias as....

  • foreverwantingpie

    As a vegan i love this video wow

  • Mete Han
    Mete Han Day ago

    1 Turk:0,1meat eAt

  • Mete Han
    Mete Han Day ago +1

    I very like Jews meat

  • ang ang
    ang ang Day ago

    8.9k vegeterians dislike the video

  • Michel Cote
    Michel Cote Day ago

    Well eatting fish is also bad because it will cause them not to exist anymore, im from the east coast. We have little to no fishing rights anymore :(. We lost our way of life because of over fishing. Thinking twice before you say fish is great for humans to eat when people eat them to death.

  • Netral Ambien
    Netral Ambien Day ago

    *vit* amins

  • ret liv
    ret liv Day ago

    good vid

  • Shlomo Sharkbergstein

    Fuck Islam

  • Nick Hyland
    Nick Hyland Day ago +1

    Kurzgesagt, you rock my world!

  • Space Meter
    Space Meter Day ago

    Please make a video about carbon hydrates and low carb diet!

  • Zdenda Jirasko
    Zdenda Jirasko Day ago

    Meat frome belgian blue cattle is moar healthier than chicken meat

  • 5ufo
    5ufo Day ago +4

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    • Johnny D
      Johnny D 9 hours ago

      Don't forget the classic Tasteicals... I mean Popplers.

  • Reed N
    Reed N Day ago

    I love a burger called the beyond burger it is completely meatless and I love it (this is coming from a meat lover)

  • EJ 22G
    EJ 22G Day ago

    No one:
    Literally no one:
    Absolutely no one:
    Basically no one:

  • Randy Buttigieg
    Randy Buttigieg Day ago

    Shit, looks like I better lay off the horse meat.

  • Erin McCarthy, MSW
    Erin McCarthy, MSW Day ago +1

    lol no

  • topyeet
    topyeet Day ago

    how much will it take to build an underground city

  • Rizzo Smith
    Rizzo Smith Day ago

    Suggestion for a future video! An overview of Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS). There is an incredible amount of noise on the subject and no one seems to be able to actual back up anything they say about it.

  • MySafeWordIsPineappleJuice

    What about the effects of screen time on children,teens, and adults?

  • Malamex
    Malamex Day ago

    You know why teens are pros at video games? They eat a lot of *pro-teins*

  • Pea
    Pea Day ago +1

    Veganism turned from a lovely lifestyle to an all-out war on others

  • 0824molo
    0824molo Day ago

    Yesterday i didnt eat any meat and end up with sick

  • 0824molo
    0824molo Day ago

    6:19 idk lol

  • Andrew V.
    Andrew V. Day ago

    Treating animals, who were bred to die, with dignity is a silly idea.

  • Rowing Fish
    Rowing Fish Day ago

    I feel like this channel is too worried about not offending and scaring away their viewers rather than being truthful and blunt about the topic they are discussing. Plant-based diet is the future, not necessarily 100% vegan but drastically cutting down on meat (and animal products in general) at the least. Disappointing but Im not surprised about that after seeing a spiteful comment of Kurzgesagt under a video that discussed one of their videos. Oh well.. I guess its my fault for expecting better

  • hemorrhoids
    hemorrhoids Day ago

    7:14 just to point out that there is a linear linkage to methionine intake and cancer risk. And are we to deny ldl cholesterols association to heart and cardiovascular disease? And the very essence of meat spits on living being and former living beings its derived from

  • hemorrhoids
    hemorrhoids Day ago

    Also disingenuous to say that fat is the only negative when eating chickens when chickens have the highest thalate concentration, most of the visceral tissue we eat is contaminated by bacteria like salmonella and ecoli and can still be a threat after its cooked all the way through, its high in sodium, high in cholesterol etc

  • hemorrhoids
    hemorrhoids Day ago

    Why would you bring up the inuits when on average they live to 28 years old and are in terrible health

  • Koko Ya
    Koko Ya Day ago

    Conclusion : long live the lab's steak ^^

  • Steve Adyonge
    Steve Adyonge Day ago +1

    Vegetarians has left the -chat-

  • dreefree
    dreefree Day ago


  • Juan Diego Cardozo

    The best type of meat are insects

  • Lex Verrier
    Lex Verrier Day ago

    hey kurzgesagt can you make a video on what would happen if you blew up a nuke in space

  • The Prince
    The Prince Day ago


  • Reed Martin
    Reed Martin Day ago

    This is so inaccurate and dangerous to pass off as fact. (E.g. Inuit's average lifespan? 30 years old.)

  • Mikhaïl CastNowski

    Just chomped down half a rotisserie chicken while watching this

  • Bernd DasBrot
    Bernd DasBrot Day ago

    I'm sure that in a couple of years the red meat being bad thing will be thrown completely over board like the fat being bad thing is now.

  • Lightning & Thunder

    Doesn't the amount of meat you can consume without it having negative effects on your health, also dependant on how much you exercise; cause from what I've heard meat is good for you and you need a lot of it (to gain protein among other things from meat) if you're bodybuilding. Or are the risks from eating a lot of meat about as high/bad for a bodybuilder as it is for a "normal" (average) person?

  • K. Sham
    K. Sham Day ago

    Meat 🥩 is the most nutrient dense food on the planet 🌎 and has unfairly taken the blame for what grains 🌾 sugar 🍰 and vegetable oils 💀have done to the populous. 🤢
    The keys to health:
    -saturated animal fat ✅
    -cholesterol ✅
    -fat soluble vitamins ✅
    Animal products and meat meet each one of these criteria.

  • Mark Marola
    Mark Marola Day ago +1

    Such brainwashing garbage

  • Mark Marola
    Mark Marola Day ago +1


    BRAEGON Day ago +1

    What if your an all natural bodybuilder, I try to eat tons of mean every week but I'm obviously not obese or unhealthy

  • Koko Mmc
    Koko Mmc Day ago

    Kurzgesagt: Chicken kills cause of fat. Me: puts chicken down

  • Ailencier Lestrian

    My family eats a high amount of red meat, I've cut back on it but they won't, they don't seem to care

  • TKDI for life
    TKDI for life Day ago

    I agree that meat has very low vitamin C, that his CAUSES SCURVY it has to be demonstrated. The sailors developed it only because most meat was dehydrated AND they ate plenty of cereals. Meat only eating humans, so far, have not demonstrated any scurvy onset.

  • Ingmar Verweij
    Ingmar Verweij Day ago

    Almost at 9M subs! Keep it up!

  • Selena
    Selena Day ago

    My new favorite channel *-*