As a personal disclosure, meat has been one of the favorite food I enjoy and continue enjoying.😊
But as I am getting more and more educated about nutrition and healthy eating habits, I started to reduce my meat intake due to the fact that many studies have shown that meats can cause many illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke.
I am also puzzled about the idea of whether a meatless diet is the best way to go. Biological humans are closed to primates, especially chimpanzees. Like most primates, Chimpanzees are omnivores, meaning that they eat both plants and animals. More than 50% of the food eaten by wild chimpanzees is fruits, while meat and animal products make up less than 5% of their diet.
So humans have always been omnivores and we even have an organ called an appendix which is there to help us to digest raw meat.
Can we really get away with no meat in our diet without jeopardizing our well being?
BBC Sciences Focus recently reported that in terms of health benefits, the science is not so clear. Although some studies show that plant-based diets appear to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, this does not increase the lifespan of vegans compared to non-vegans. It’s reported that a UK study analyzed 5,200 deaths, finding the death rates between vegetarians and non-vegetarians to be similar.
Not eating meat can make you suffer reduced levels of vitamins B12 and Iron. Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent a type of anemia called megaloblastic anemia that makes people tired and weak.
In another finding, the Oxford University reported the results of a survey of 50,000 people, which revealed that vegans were 40 percent more likely to suffer fractured legs, spines, hips, and shoulder blades than meat-eaters due to calcium deficiency.
Maybe eating meat is good after all. But it must be done with moderation.😁
Any excess can lead to trouble. Like sugar, an increased intake in our body is bad and makes us sick, but at the same time, our boy needs it to properly functions.
Instead of no meat, let’s say more vegetables, less meat
The best way I think is to still enjoy the taste of meat but keeping in mind that too much meat is not good for our health. A healthy diet should be plant-based with some meat from time to time. Meat has long been advertised as the go-to food to get stronger and build muscles. But this has proven to be false and many strong athletes feed on a plant-based diet, like bodybuilder Patrick Baboumian. (I made a video about him. Watch it here)
The most positive feature of any plant-based diet is the high level of fiber we get from the consumption of plants. Fiber is essential for good health and beloved by gut microbes. Gut microbes play an important role in keeping us healthy. (You can read more about gut microbes here). Another positive side is that eating less means killing fewer animals, which will make a good impact on the environment.
A plant-based diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, legumes, and nuts, is rich in fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients. And people who rarely eat meat generally eat fewer calories and less fat, weigh less and have a lower risk of heart disease than people who eat more meat than vegetables.
In summary, I will remain omnivores because I think meat is a good source of some vital nutrients our body needs. But too much than necessary in my diet could be harmful to my heath. So I will continue to have more plant-based products in my diet than meat products.