Making sure it is from grass-fed animals, I eat meat because it makes a significant contribution to the best possible health through the delivery of important nutrients:
- The fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K2.
- B-Vitamins, especially B-12. Vegans and vegetarians have lower levels of vitamin B-12, a deficiency that can lead to a significant increase in homocysteine.
- Long-chain omega-3s, as mentioned above, assuming the animals, birds or fish were fed in ways that were natural to them.
- And, of course, high quality protein and saturated fat.
I know all these nutrients can be supplemented or found in plant foods, but most cannot be found in forms that are as potent. They are either less bioavailable (not well absorbed into our bodies, as with iron for example) or their form is incomplete (as with omega-3s).
“Evidence is accumulating that diets with reduced carbohydrates and increased levels of high quality protein are effective for weight loss.”
Last but not least, there’s a digestive enzyme called pepsin produced in our stomach, and its sole purpose is to digest animal protein. It doesn’t make sense to me that our bodies would produce it unless we were suited to eat animal protein.
Saturated fat is now known to raise the good cholesterol, not the bad, so no need to be afraid of it as it, too, is an important nutrient, especially for the brain.
This subject is still controversial, of course, and there’s little doubt you will continue to hear about the dangers of eating meat.
This is such a massive, complex subject, and I know I’ve only skimmed the surface. Please forgive me if I’ve missed things out; I’ve just wanted to alert you to perhaps another opinion on this, and one that’s not so often presented in the media.
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