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Reasons to Eat Meat

10/31/2013 4:46:21 PM | by Robert Jackson

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Vegetarianism is growing in popularity. There are many reasons why people stop eating meat; some because they feel bad about killing animals, some because they think that meat is bad for them and others cite many valid reasons for stopping eating meat. I say stopping because for the majority of people they have grown up eating meat, which says a lot about our history.


The truth is that we have been eating meat throughout the history of human evolution. We are omnivores which means that we eat meat and vegetation. We have thrived off eating meat and our bodies require much of the vitamins and minerals found within it. Meat is one of the best sources of nutrients available to us, but not all meat is created equal.


Quality Meat

The battery chickens that are fed growth hormones, antibiotics and fed on poor quality food are not going to be good for you so stop eating that meat immediately


The processed meats you can buy, made mostly of water, waste parts of animals that have been mushed together and made to look the same colour as meat and pumped full of artificial ingredients and preservatives. This is not good for anyone so stop eating that, too.


If these were the only kinds of meat available then I would turn vegetarian as well, because this kind of meat is no good for anyone and does not provide the nutrients that your body needs. It's a way for manufacturers to disguise processed, unnatural food as meat to make you believe you are getting a good value meal.


There is Another Way

What we should be eating is meat that was raised and lived as naturally as possible. Grass fed beef, for example, is how cows should be eating and will produce a healthy animal. The meat will be full of natural flavours, vitamins and minerals that are very good for the body. This kind of meat is available but at a cost. You aren't going to find this kind of quality beef meat for £1 a kilogram because it costs a lot more than that to produce.


Discover Good Meat

So when you are next in the supermarket looking at the different types of quality meat ask yourself a question based on its price: "Does £X seem reasonable for the cost of raising, processing, shipping and packing this meat and leave the farmer and supermarket with some profit?" If the answer is no then move away and find a better quality meat.


Other key terms that you should be looking out for are "Free range", "Organic" and "Grass Fed". These are all what the animals should naturally have anyway. Meat that isn't free range means the animal is caged up or in a shed without access to fresh grass and room to move around. If you caged a human for all of its life and didn't feed it what the body needed, you'd have an unhealthy human. The same goes for animals.


Try taking a look at the back of a pack of processed meat. You'll find figures like 75% chicken when it's supposed to be only a chicken product! The other 25% is made up of a list that looks like a scientists shopping list for a chemistry class. Avoid food products that have lots of unknown chemicals in them. A food product should usually contain very few different ingredients.


Reasons to Eat Meat

1. Many of the supplements that people take on a daily basis can be obtained from good quality meat. Protein, Zinc, Iron and essential fats are all found in abundant quantities in meat and are not produced in a laboratory.The type of zinc obtained from plant based diets, for example, is not the same as that found in most meats. Possible side effects? A lethargic feeling due to a lack of hemoglobin which carries oxygen to cells.


2. Meat contains a full array of essential amino acids which are the building blocks of our bodies. Without obtaining these essential amino acids from our diet many of our bodily functions would shutdown. This is a great article on the importance of amino acids.


3. Meat helps you to stay lean because it contains such a good quantity of nutrients per calorie that you can get your required nutrients without having to scoff down hundreds of extra empty calories each day.


4. Vitamin B12 can only be naturally found in meat. If you don't eat meat you need to supplement your diet with vitamin B12 to prevent a deficiency. The Vegan society says "Most vegans consume enough B12 to avoid anemia and nervous system damage, but many do not get enough to minimise potential risk of heart disease or pregnancy complications."


5. There are high levels of protein in meat which means that it will help you stay fuller for longer. This will help anyone who is looking to stay lean from snacking unnecessarily on unhealthy foods between meals.


6. It is testosterone promoting which is necessary for both men and women. Low levels of testosterone can lead to a reduction in bone mass and muscle mass, neither of which is healthy.


7. Kangaroo meat eating might be on the increase because some research done in Australia has found there to be high levels of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) in kangaroo meat. News-Medical.net published an article which states "In trials, CLA has been shown to possessd potential anti-carcinogenic and anti-diabetes properties, in addition to reducing obesity and atherosclerosis (high blood pressure)."


So, Should You Eat Meat?

I hope that the reasons in this article have persuaded you that eating meat can only be a good thing for you and that it is most definitely a natural thing to do. The processed and poor quality meats that are available because of a demand for cheap meat has caused many to, rightly, say that meat is unhealthy for you. But the same can be said for vegetables that are covered in chemicals which can cause problems for humans that consume too many of them.

Our digestive system and teeth show signs that we have are omnivorous, which means to eat anything, including meat and vegetation. If done responsibly and humanely I believe that you don't need to feel guilty about eating meat, either.


*Image courtesy of Dino De Luca / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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