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20 Reasons for not eating meat

Updated on February 20, 2012

Eating meat: healthy or not?

My father always claims the best vegetable in the world is meat, and although this sounds paradoxical, it is a defining statement for the way a lot of people feed themselves.

Reasons for not eating meat are not even to be taken into account by most of the meat lovers, like my father who's almost 70 and suffers from diabetes, cardiovascular problems, overweight and some other "minor" issues.

We've all been raised to believe that meat gives us strength, vitality, pleasure and satisfaction, and health, but if I take a look around, all the people I know, who eat meat daily are not by far healthy individuals, nor full of energy and vitality.

I'm not yet sure if not eating meat would make me healthier, but I'm willing to give it a try, so I collected some 20 reasons for why I should start a meat-free diet.

20 good reasons for not eating meat

  1. When eating meat you don't get extra vital energy, on the contrary, the meat eats your vitality, due to the high amount of energy the body uses to digest the meat. Animal protein is a chain of amino acids that must be decomposed into constituent elements, so that the body can use it. This means the body makes huge energetic expenditure, that aren't compensated by what you get from meat.
  2. Meat contains high amounts of adrenaline, due to the terrifying experience the animal get when it's slaughtered. The high levels of adrenaline contained in meat makes the consumer aggressive, anxious and it's also exhausting the human adrenal glands, which over time, leads to hypertension.
  3. MEAT is toxic, due to uric acid (which causes gout), phosphoric acid and sulfuric acid, which are formed in the process of digestion and metabolism of meat proteins.
    These acids have an irritating and inflammatory action on tissues.
  4. MEAT is ACIDIC, leading to inflammation of tissues and their rapid degradation and the so-called acidosis, the cause of all diseases.
  5. ANIMAL PROTEINS rot inside the body, giving the body an ugly odor.
  6. MEAT is injected with growth hormones, ANTIBIOTICS AND VACCINES, all considered carcinogenic.
  7. If each of the meat consumers would have to kill the innocent animals (as carnivores do), we'd be amazed how many vegetarians there would be in the world. For those who still doubt this, take a visit to a slaughterhouse, and you might get convinced, completely.
  8. The more animal protein you consume, meaning meat and dairy, the greater will be the loss of calcium from the body. Meat is the main cause of Osteoporosis.
    The larger animal protein intake, the larger urea amounts are generated in the body. This eats away body tissues, leading to calcium loss. So, drinking milk, for example makes you loose more calcium from your body, compared to how much it adds.
    Scientific research into the composition and consumption of another mammal’s milk shows it contains many things which can harm our health; including hormones, growth factors, animal protein, saturated fat, cholesterol. (
  9. Meat protein is difficult to digest, and it requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat that's remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to a high level of toxicity in the human body.
  10. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein structure. Giving up meat or reducing it leads to increasingly more enzymes that may attack the protein walls of those cancer cells, and make way for the specialized healing cells.
  11. When you eat large amounts of animal protein and saturated fat and you eat little or no whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, you do not take the necessary fiber that can bind together all the toxins and fat to be removed from your body. Thus, your kidneys have to make unnecessary efforts to purify the system, being prone to develop stones, age prematurely and fail.
  12. Meat contains 14 times more pesticides than vegetables or fruits and dairy products 5 times more pesticides than the food of vegetable origin. Pesticides are often sprayed directly on animals to protect them from parasites, insects, rodents and fungi.
  13. Animals are killed brutally and live in terrible conditions. Just watch that film, "From farm to the fridge".
  14. Animal protein intake interferes with the absorption of manganese in the body, which cancause dizziness, balance disorders, spasms, convulsions, neural impulse transmission problems (myasthenia, cardiac arrhythmia, atrial), neuromuscular problems, Parkinson's disease and Lou Gehring disease.
  15. Another issue is the quality of preserving the meat, which is hard to do, and manufacturers do not care so much for the health of the consumers. Meat, after a few days the animal had been slaughtered, turns a gray-green olive, because the rot process starts. So, the meat industry uses unhealthy substances, such as nitrates and other preservatives - to make it appear artificially red.
  16. Do you like lamb meat? I bet you wouldn't if you'd here how a lamb cries when it's slaughtered. It cries like a tortured baby and it simply breaks your heart.
  17. "Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." —Albert Einstein. I trust Einstein, I'm sure he knew something I don't.
  18. Eating dead bodies, doesn't sound too appetizing to me.
  19. Most people believe that animal protein is superior to those of plant origin, because the animal proteins are considered complete proteins, and the other incomplete. The truth is that some plant proteins are complete and judicious food combining can create complete proteins from several sources of incomplete proteins.
  20. It's said that vegetarians are short and weak, suffer from anemia, but those who eat meat are not necessarily tall and strong, and their life is on average shorter. Eskimos are almost entirely carnivorous. Are they very? Do they really have very long lifespan?

Does not eating meat affect B12 levels?

Vitamin B12 is part of the water soluble vitamins - also called cyanocobalamin, and contains cobalt, a vital component that is contained in the red blood cells.

Vitamin B12 is found only in animal foods: meat - especially in liver, milk, dairy products, eggs and seafood: crabs, oysters, clams.

It’s the only vitamin we can’t obtain from plants or sunlight. Plants don’t need B12 so they don’t store it.

Although it's said that some micro-algae, like Chlorella or Spirulina, contain high levels of B12, it has been discovered that in fact, it's not vitamin B12 but a analogues of B12, that are absorbed by human B12 receptors, occupying those receptors, and thus blocking the absorption of vitamin B12.

What are B12 analogues?

They are structurally similar compounds.

It is said that people who are not eating meat are more affected by the B12 deficiency, but in fact the truth is this isn't the most affected category, and taking a daily supplement can fix the issue.

Anyway, the quantity of B12 we need during a human life is really small, like the size of a grain.


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      Cynthia 4 years ago

      Carnivores need meat. Humans do not. Humans eat it for the taste but can easily live without it. Carnivores hunt other animals to survive. Humans mass-produce, abuse and kill billions of animals (which has nothing to do with natrue!) for pleasure. There is a difference.

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      Thank you or responding mihaelaotp and I apologize for any misunderstandings about what this article meant sometimes I have troubles catching on to certain things.

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      Mihaela Buh 4 years ago from Romania

      yes it is, but I wasn't talking about carnivores being bad, just about people being bad for overeating innocent animals, if they would eat only the amount needed to survive like carnivores do, it would be ok..

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      samowhamo 4 years ago

      Interesting read. I don't judge people (like islandluck up above) on their dietary choices if people want or don't want to eat meat that's their business. You said in one of your reasons for not eating meat that it involves killing the innocent animals (like the carnivores do) well I believe that all animals are innocent including carnivores because they are just doing what nature designed them to do and they can't survive without meat that's just part of nature.

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      asdfas 5 years ago

      without meat humanity wouldn't have survived till now

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      Laura 5 years ago

      Re: the calcium deficiency arising from too much dairy - the reason is because too much protein in being consumed by the body and it has to get rid of it, and, as it does so, it takes the calcium with it. Obviously dairy/meat is high in protein.... there are LOADS of plant based sources of protein which more than adequately supply the body with the amount it needs. Gave up processed foods and been vegan for nearly a year now, and never felt better!

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      Joanna Slodownik 5 years ago from New Jersey

      I encourage everyone to listen to Colleen Patrick-Goudreau "Food for thought" podcast. Just download a few episodes (she's on iTunes too) and listen to them while you cook or take a walk.

      It may truly change your life...

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      islandluck 5 years ago

      mihaelaotp .... Very good info.. I agree with everything you put. People know what you write is the truth, but they just like to eat dead animals and they have to have an excuse to make them feel better about eating rotting meat.. and YES people stop being STUPID cause that's exactly what it is ROTTING MEAT, mix with God knows what!! but please go ahead and really think its enough real fresh meat out there to feed the world in this how sad or you..:)

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      NHKate 5 years ago from New England, USA and Florida (in winter)

      Although I'm not yet a vegetarian, the arguments for not eating meat are too compelling to ignore. Slowly, but surely, we have been attempting to go more plant-based. Thank you for an excellent article.

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      FreezeFrame34 5 years ago from Charleston SC

      You were accurate in including that, " I collected some 20 reasons for why I should start a meat-free diet," Every one is entitled to their opinion for why/why not they eat meat.

      Personally, I've tried to incorporate more fruits and vegetables and cut back on the meat.

      I've read articles, watched videos, and I've seen countless pictures of the animals who are soon going to be slaughtered.

      I still like me a good steak every once in a while!

      I haven't found anything yet that has completely turned me into a vegan; although, my ancestors were hunters and gatherers, too.

      I did think your hub was useful and interesting.

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      RealScience 5 years ago

      This is a very inaccurate article. Some statements are true, but very exaggerated. Such as meat does rot, after time, and if not containing preservatives. Preservatives are not bad, they have been around since humans first discovered we could eat and needed to store food to survive.

      but let me get right down to the brass tax here of real science. the human brain consumes up to 20% of the entire energy content needed by the human body. This alone takes extreme amounts of energy intake measured in kilojewels, or kj. This is a crucial factor when we look at the amount of energy that food can give the human body when consumed. If we compare simple food, a single beef hamburger patty, contains 848 kj 202 Cal, worth of energy that is absorbed by the human body. Two slices of plain bread, contains 647 kj, 154 Cal, worth of energy. with a difference of 20 grams of weight being consumed.

      This will lead us to digestion, and seeing as I've already stated that 20% of the energy taking in is used by the brain, it would be impossible for digestion to take up more than 10% without causing muscle limitations. So we look at digestion in animals, most herbivores have compartmental digestive systems. The reason for this is due to vegetation requiring longer amounts of time to digest, given that vegetation as I've stated produces less energy. This is easily noted by the simple fact, that herbivores must graze for much longer to build up substantial amounts of energy. We compare that to carnivorous animals which burn energy much faster, but are able to gain that energy back much quicker.

      These hunter animals, must digest food quicker, to move onto it's next target thus only have a single compartment stomach, because meat breaks down much easier in the body. So now how does all this relate to people, beyond the obvious of what is stated about digestion and energy content, we look to biology. And by biology, I mean the human mouth. Inside our mouths are specific sets of teeth. The front most teeth are flat fronted with sharp bottoms, meant for cutting food. besides those to the left and right are the sharper, pointed teeth. Characteristic of any carnivore, used for piercing meat. Behind those are the molars, the grinding teeth which are more classically defined as herbivore teeth. So our mouths contain the proper tools to consume both meat and vegetation.

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      Umm 5 years ago

      This is a Pathetic load of Bollocks..

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      Mihaela Buh 5 years ago from Romania

      Lauren, this is scientific fact, and I can tell you from my own experience: I was a heavy dairy consumer and always had really low calcium levels. Now that I'm dairy free my calcium levels are average/normal.

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      Lauren 6 years ago

      Who made this? You're really going to believe that you lose calcium from taking in dairy products? I have no idea who made this blog, but I'm sorry to say that the truth is the antithesis of what this persons' opinion is.

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      Mihaela Buh 6 years ago from Romania

      Thank you!

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      Milli 6 years ago from USA

      I love this hub. I agree all the points across. Very well written. Thanks for sharing it. Voted up!

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      Melissa A Smith 6 years ago from New York

      Ah well, I've learned something new.

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      Mihaela Buh 6 years ago from Romania

      Maybe thinking less and just eating to be able to just function would be best. Well KFC has hamburgers (and tasty ones) in Romania!

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      Melissa A Smith 6 years ago from New York

      You misunderstood, I don't care if it IS 'rotting' because it certainly doesn't taste that way or make me sick in any kind of way so I don't really care. You are just being irrational if the idea of it 'rotting' upsets you, and that's your right to be. Lol, there are no hamburgers at KFC.

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      Mihaela Buh 6 years ago from Romania

      fresh? where do you buy your meat from? I'm sure you're not eating the animal just a few hours after its death.. :)that would mean fresh, otherwise, the only good reason would be: it tastes good.

      A KFC hamburger tastes good, but I'm sure it doesn't bring the right nutrients

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      Melissa A Smith 6 years ago from New York

      Ok so, that ellipsis has prompted me to reply. You may consider meat 'rotten' but it certainly tastes and seems fresh to me, so the ideas you speak of fail to resonate with me in that way. It's just a natural digestive process.

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      Mihaela Buh 6 years ago from Romania

      Everyone's entitled to their own opinion. I just don't like the idea of having rotten meat inside my body for at least four hours..

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      Melissa A Smith 6 years ago from New York

      One, it's filling, and doesn't offset my blood sugar levels and make me crave more food too soon. Two, it's a whole food source that actually tastes good, unlike much of the processed crap that dominates the typical American diet. I like a few vegetables; broccoli, spinach, and green beans...and I have no interest in eating that as 90% of my dietary intake. We strongly disagree that grains should make up a large portion of the human diet...I believe we don't need any.

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      Mihaela Buh 6 years ago from Romania

      Melissa, just laugh and continue eating your meat. Give me just two good reasons for consuming meat!

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      Melissa A Smith 6 years ago from New York

      Half of these reasons are just blatantly inaccurate...almost laughably so.

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      Mihaela Buh 6 years ago from Romania

      Brupie, none of my statements were guesses! Every idea here was collected from doctors, nutritionists, scientists, people that know what they're talking about!

      I'm sorry to disappoint you, but the institutions you've mentioned do not have in their interest to discourage consumers on buying/consuming dairy.

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      Brupie 6 years ago

      There are many good reasons for not eating meat, it's too bad that you ignored many of them and instead chose to offer inaccurate guesses.

      Many forms of meat have high fat content, thus are highly caloric, that is, can provide much more energy than it takes to consume. That high fat content is a good reason to not eat meat, but that wasn't your rationale.

      Dairy products contain high levels of calcium. Your theory that eating dairy and meat creates a net calcium loss is unique, but the Centers for Disease Control, American Medical Association and U.S. Department of Agriculture all disagree with you.

      Please stick to what you know, not guess about what you don't.

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      Tom Samworth 6 years ago from Canada

      Great hub. We were not meant to eat meat. Humans are not equipped to catch and kill other animals without the use of tools.

      If you do decide to stop eating meat, 'Beware of the soy products!' = vegan and vegetarian fast food that will pack on the pounds!