Well, you should ask yourself one question: what does the science say?
Science…not marketing or hype.
For example, do you believe that a pomegranate has more and/or superior antioxidants than, say, an apple? If you said yes, then you are a victim of hype.
And this hype was from twisting the truth of a scientific study…
As mentioned in Wikipedia:
Despite limited research data, manufacturers and marketers of pomegranate juice have liberally used evolving research results for product promotion, especially for putative antioxidant health benefits. In February 2010, the FDA issued a Warning Letter to one such manufacturer, POM Wonderful, for using published literature to make illegal claims of unproven antioxidant and anti-disease benefits.
Don’t buy into the hype. Unfortunately, a lot of magazines and blogs will hype a headline and people will regurgitate it without even reading the article. If you want the science behind something you have to look at the studies, plain and simple. Not the advertising.
Also, please note, I am including all animal products and byproducts (e.g. beef, chicken, fish, dairy, eggs, and cheese) when I say meat. Although the studies’ usage of the term varies.
64.) Microparticles (titanium dioxide and aluminum silicate), common additive in pastries and processed food, consumed with endotoxins cause an inflammatory response in the gut wall 6x greater compared to endotoxins alone. Notes: Most people are digesting a trillion particles of titanium dioxide a day. Researchers found these microparticles in all 18 diseased colons (colon cancer or inflammatory bowel) used for a study. No microparticles were found in the healthy colons studied. Titanium dioxide is used to make things white. Thus white powdered donuts tend to have the most titanium dioxide out of all foods. Source: Immune potentiation of ultrafine dietary particles in normal subjects and patients with inflammatory bowel disease. J. Autoimmun. 2000 14(1):99 – 105
Still think we are meant to eat meat because of “paleo science”? Check out this TED Talk.
Remember, we need to use REAL science when determining our diets; not marketing hype or current fads.
So Should I Stop Eating Meat?
Given the science, I think you should at the very least reduce. Dr. Greger of NutritionFacts.org gives the suggests of instead of having meat as a main entry have it as a side entry, have a meatless monday to help your body clear the garbage, and replace the animal protein part of the meal with a vegan protein source when you can.
Also, make sure to increase your whole food consumption. A lot of plant foods (e.g. garlic, green tea, and greens) have been shown to be protective against these harmful side effects from meat.
But the best thing you can do is go vegan.
Trust me, you won’t die from a lack of protein. You get plenty of it through plant sources. A silverback gorilla doesn’t eat animal products. And I’m sure he is a lot stronger than you.
Can’t I just go vegetarian? Eggs are very bad for you. Fish are soaked like a sponge in man made chemicals and mercury. Cheese is the highest source of saturated fat. And considering chicken has much more pollution and cancer causing viruses than beef, I think you would be better just eating red meat once in a while. Just be sure to watch your L-carnitine levels (i.e. no more drinking energy drinks that have it). But what is even better, and simpler in my opinion, is to just cut out all animal products.
Tips for Those Who Choose to Become Vegan
B12 supplementation is a MUST. Before your paleo friends throw it in your face that this is proof we shouldn’t be vegan, keep in mind about 1 in 6 meat eaters are B12 deficient. B12 comes from bacteria in the ground and from bacteria in animal feces. Livestock is just so unclean that they are a decent source of B12. So unless you plan on being like your dog or a gorilla and eat dirt, bugs, and/or your own feces, I would just supplement with B12
Take zinc if you are a male. We lose zinc through exercise and, if you are a guy, through sex. So guys are more likely to be zinc deficient than women. Zinc is needed for collagen production and creating male sex hormones (like testosterone). It is zinc (not animal protein) that makes people feel stronger and more sexual when they stop being vegan. But if you take the zinc, then you don’t need to eat the animal protein.
Supplement with an algae based omega-3. By eating on the lowest part of the food chain, you avoid most or all of the problems of eating from the sea (mercury, dioxins, etc.) and still get the “famous” DHA form of omega-3.
Stay away from processed food as much as possible. Whole foods are always better. Salad dressings and oils are processed foods by the way.
If you cheat, limit the cheese. If you are like me, the hardest thing to give up is cheese and you are probably thinking it is not that bad. But cheese has a TON ofsaturated fat. When I first became vegan I would cheat by melting some cheese in the microwave on some chips for nachos. If you do this, try to use a smaller plate and cover it with healthy, whole foods (e.g. beans, peppers, etc.)
Simple meal plan. Don’t waste a lot of time trying to get the “perfect” variety of whole foods. Here is a simple guide to help you get started:
-Breakfast: Oatmeal in the morning (with fruits, flaxseed, cocoa powder, etc.) -Lunch: Salad (dark greens only and different colorful vegetables, add nuts for taste), frozen vegetables, and vegetable (or lentil) soup for lunch -Dinner:Brown rice (or quinoa) and beans for dinner. Add a lot of spices for taste and health. -Snacks: Fruit as snacks throughout the day.
Find out what works for you, first. Start doing your own meal plan for a few weeks before starting on some guru’s vegan guide.
By the way, lots of older men that become vegan notice their “members” coming back to life. Sounds like to me being vegan will help you be a badass lover in bed.
Look at point 41 above, meat consumption has been linked to increased weight, especially around the midsection.
First, I would like to give a HUGE thanks for all the scientists and researchers. The studies above represent an unbelievable amount of man hours and hard work.
Second, my thanks goes to Dr. Michael Greger. He is the research investigator who found all this information and who has been connecting the dots in the health community. If you like the information provided, I would highly suggest subscribing to his YouTube channel. Every weekday is a new video.
Third and finally, I would like to thank you, the reader, for being open minded enough to view this. When I accidentally started to read vegan literature, I kept it in the back of my head that this is all a bunch of you know what. It took me time to open up to the truth. Hopefully, you are wiser than I am.
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