Is Red Meat Bad For You?
In my last blog post I talked about how having a food intolerance can be a blessing. This time I will talk about meat. However, I’ll try to answer the most important question – Is red meat bad for you?.
There have been thousands of blog posts and news articles about the perfect diet. In my experience, there is no such thing. Humans have lived in different environments throughout history and they have always been dependent on the food they found in their surroundings. These days we have plenty of food, mostly refined carbohydrates* as well as red meat.
*Refined carbohydrates are rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream, causing risky spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. Most common chronic diseases of Western Civilization have been tied to these types of (deliciously addictive) carbohydrates, therefore it is wise to keep them to a minimum. – Georgia Ede MD
Is Meat Healthy?
You might expect me, as a vegan, to tell you that all meat is evil, but I won’t. In my opinion, the kind of meat that is available today is not healthy. Some studies suggest that animal protein plays a role in cancer growth*
I would not recommend eating meat more than once a week. That’s about the amount of meat our grandfathers used to eat. I chose to be a vegan because I don’t consider myself a meat eater. I don’t think it’s healthy and I don’t think it’s the kind of food, humans are designed to eat. If it was, our western civilization would be the healthiest in history.
So back to our initial question, is red meat bad for you? I don’t think moderate consumption of meat is dangerous, unfortunately, that’s not what people tend to do when meat is always available. Remember those books for kids with stories about kings and knights? Can you remember the one that was usually obese? Correct, the king. Kings had plenty of food available and while his subjects were starving, he was eating himself to diabetes and an early heart attack.
Vitamin B12 With Or Without Me(at)?
These days, meat has become an important supplier of Vitamin B12 which used to be in our fields and grass. This might be the most important argument for meat consumption today but why would you eat growth hormones and worse if you could just take a supplement. There is no study that suggests that taking vitamin b12 supplements is bad. However, there are plenty of studies indicating a life with less meat is more healthy. Why do people ignore that? Because it threatens their way of life. Nobody likes to quit something they like. When experts say, people should eat less meat or they will die early, people tend to overhear it because they’ve heard it a thousand times before.
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Is red meat bad for you? Live A Life With Less Meat
You don’t have to live without meat, but remember small changes – huge impact. If you want to live healthy try to eat meat only on Sundays. Make it something special, something to look forward to. Enjoy the food you eat, but remember it’s the fuel your body runs on. If you’d like to read more about healthy foods that keep you energized and focused all day read this.
Meat Or Starch Based?
If you do some research on nutrition, It won’t take you long before you come across Dr. McDougall. He is an advocate for a starch based diet and says all successful cultures have been eating mostly starches. He also presents convincing evidence. I’ve been following his advice ever since I started my weight loss journey and I’ve never regretted it.
Let me be very clear about this, I don’t try to make you all vegans and I certainly don’t want you guys to do something you don’t believe in. Do your research, make conclusions and then take action. I just want to give you something to think about and that’s what this blog is mostly about.