Hello, my name is Alyssa, and I am a meat-a-holic. No, I will not go to a support group and I will not change my ways because frankly, I see absolutely no reason to give up eating meat. No, I won’t hate you if you are a vegetarian or a vegan. That is the lifestyle you choose, and I can love you and support you even if we disagree on some things. I will say that you have a lot of strength or courage or something to give up something as amazing as meat and eggs. I simply could never do that. The main reason: Bacon and eggs for breakfast. Every. single. day.
Why have I classified myself as a meat-a-holic? Well, besides the aforementioned reason, I have done a lot of research and have come to to a few simple conclusions. If you disagree, I would love to hear your opinion and will look into it in an unbiased opinion, but from all I have researched, I have not found a single reason to give up that main food group.
1. Our bodies need protein. This is a fact that is undisputed in the medical and nutritional community. What people aren’t so apt to admit, though, is that animal protein really is the best form of protein for our bodies. We have been created to be able to efficiently and effectively use all of the protein, fats, and other nutrients in meat in our bodies. If you think about it, animals and us are made from the same building blocks. So why wouldn’t you want to feed your body with the foods your body recognizes? Without protein, our muscles, bones and some of our hormones cannot be maintained properly.
2.Meat is incredibly nutritious. Besides having necessary protein and amino acids for your body, Red meats are high in B12, B6, B3, Iron, Zinc, Selenium, and many other vitamins and minerals. Vitamin B12 cannot be found in any plant product. Creatinine, Carnosine, DHA, and EPA are also nutrients that are only found in animal products, and are crucial as energy reserves, anti-oxidants, and Omega-3s.
3.Meat is full of good fats. I don’t know where you stand in your beliefs on fats, but the evidence that has been released recently proves that fat is not bad for you, as it has been preached in the past. There are so many things I could say about the benefits of fats, but I will save that for a later post. What I will tell you is that fats are good for you. Your body needs it to heal inflammation, maintain muscle and bones, and so many other things. And if you eat grass-fed meat, it is shown to have up to 5 times higher levels of Omega-3s, which are extremely important for mental well-being.
4. There are no proven benefits to avoiding meat. I haven’t found one. There are observational studies that show vegetarians (who are usually health-conscious, don’t smoke and exercise less) have a lower chance of getting diseases compared to someone on a normal diet (one example found here) Weird! Who would have thought that people who take care of themselves have a lower risk of getting a disease! But compare that same health-conscious person who eats a vegetarian diet with a health-conscious person who eats meat. What do we find? They both had the same low rates of disease (found here). So why cut something out of your diet it if isn’t hurting you?
Basically, you should never even consider giving up meat to be healthier… it simply won’t help! If you are considering giving up meat to be healthier, you should really reconsider. First, look at other ways to change your lifestyle. Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables. Yes, eating a lot of fruits and vegetables is very important, but it will never replace the nutritional value only obtained from meat. Reduce your intake of sugar and other processed foods. Exercise a little. Try to quit smoking. Drink less alcohol. There are much more effective means to change your lifestyle to become more healthy without eliminating this important food group. And whenever you are tempted to think otherwise, remember my mantra: Bacon is your best friend.
Have a blessed day and a great weekend!