12 Facts About Meat


Meat is important to the food industry and to economies and cultures around the world.

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Meat can be broadly classified as "red" or "white" depending on the concentration of myoglobin in muscle fibre.

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Meat is produced by killing an animal and cutting flesh out of it.

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Meat imitates are typically some form of processed soybean, but they can be based on wheat gluten, pea protein isolate, or even fungi (quorn).

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Meat consumption is considered one of the primary contributors of the sixth mass extinction.

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Meat can be kept edible for a much longer time – though not indefinitely – if proper hygiene is observed during production and processing, and if appropriate food safety, food preservation and food storage procedures are applied.

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Meat is prepared in many ways, as steaks, in stews, fondue, or as dried meat like beef jerky.

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Meat can be cured by pickling, preserving in salt or brine.

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Meat is generally eaten cooked, but many recipes call for raw beef, veal or fish.

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Meat is often spiced or seasoned, particularly with meat products such as sausages.

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Meat can transmit certain diseases, but complete cooking and avoiding recontamination reduces this possibility.

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Meat is part of the human diet in most cultures, where it often has symbolic meaning and important social functions.

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