Should I Stop Eating Meat?
Look at the photo above and imagine that's your hand on that burger. Now, I want you to answer one question for me. Are you picking that burger up or putting it down? You're answer may or may not change by the end of this reading.
Thanks to the popularity of films like Super Size Me and the recent What The Health, many people have started to watch what they eat. But, in the end, how are we to know what's really good and what's really bad?
One year coconut oil is good for you. Next thing you know you're being told to stay away. I don't know about you, but this is starting to annoy the you know what out of me. What CAN I put on my plate?
I'm no expert on the nutritional value of food, but with a little reading and some good old common sense, I think I can form a pretty logical opinion. So, without further ado, let's find out if you should stop eating meat.
Are you contemplating cutting meat from your diet?
Oh wow. That's some scary music in the video above huh? If you've watched any documentaries in the past then you know that ominous music plays whenever danger is implied. In addition, no matter how unbiased a documentary creator tries to be, there's always going to be a side they are leaning a little more towards.
Instead of sitting through a bunch of films and scrolling down a crap load of information, I say we just use the GPS on this. Let's assume that based on the title you're contemplating whether or not you should stop eating meat. Simple right? Lets look at the good and bad.
With so much debatable "facts" about why meat may be good or bad for you I chose to just name some undeniable (for now) benefits and drawbacks that I could find.
Benefits of Eating Meat
An article from The Telegraph enlisted the assistance of a nutritionist by the name of Charlotte Stirling-Reed who went over the few, yet very important benefits of eating meat. I must inform you that the Telegraph article mentioned, focused entirely on red meat.
For the purposes of this reading, I am referring to all meats including; beef, fish, pork and poultry. With common knowledge I think this will suffice. All four contain mostly the same benefits with the exception of the highly beneficial (again for now) omega-3 fatty acids that fish provide.
According to Sterling-Reed (and anyone who paid attention just one day in science class), “Meat is high in both protein and iron.” Okay, that's cool. As far as I know protein helps repair and rebuild tissue and fight off certain diseases. Iron is also a plus. A much needed plus it seems.
"some estimates suggest two thirds of the human population are deficient in iron. Conversely, beef has the highest concentrations of iron over other commonly consumed meat such as pork or chicken – and this isn’t any old iron. Red meat contains heme iron, which is absorbed and put to work much more efficiently than the non-heme iron found in green vegetables."
Okay, sounding good so far, huh? The article goes on to explain how “Red meat can play a role in a balanced diet." Being a source of helpful studs such as B vitamins, vitamin D, selenium and zinc, red meat alone does all kind of good in the body. Last, but not least, they finish off with the fun factoid that beef "also packs a healthy punch, boasting equal amounts of saturated and monounsaturated fat – the latter the same heart-friendly fat that's found in olive oil and the cornerstone of the much-idolised Mediterranean diet."
If you want the exact benefits of each vitamin, it's there in the link. I try to stay short and sweet. I know that we are subject to short attention spans as mentioned in my article The Social Network: Is Facebook Killing Us.
Let's take a look at some of the drawbacks of eating meat, courtesy of Prevention.com. Even though the site some how prevented me from copy and pasting this bullet point list, I still linked to their article. You're welcome.
Drawbacks of Eating Meat
- Eating meat hardens blood vessels
- Your vegetarian friends may outlive you
- You're eating pink slime
- That expensive filet may be "glued" together scraps
- Livestock production impacts planet
- You can get sick form E. coli
- Animal cruelty sucks
- Higher risk of diabetes
- Colon and brain damage
- Harmful hormones
Damn, not so good. I bet there's more bad news about chowing down on dead animals, but I think you get the point here. So, what's the verdict? Ready to become a vegetarian or even full-fledged vegan? Not so fast. Unfortunately life as a human being in 2017 isn't as easy as we may think. I'd think twice about trusting an all veggie diet if I were you.
The Notorious G.M.O.
"A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans."-Institute For Responsible Technology
Some say it's safe other say you're a damn fool for believing the one's that say it's safe. I tend to lean towards the logical end. Taking a page out of the book of the anti-meat eating documentaries and articles, I'm pointing a finger at the lobbyist here. While I agree with the herbivores that truth about today's commercial meat is being hidden, I'll have to counter with; THE SAME GOES FOR VEGETABLES.
It is FACT that 6 companies better known as the "Big 6", dominate the agricultural market. Those 6 corporations are; BASF, Bayer, Dupont, Dow Chemical Company, Monsanto, and Syngenta. Yes, that's right you may have noticed that these are mainly chemical and pharmaceutical companies and yes that's the same DuPont that makes the paint and the same Bayer that makes aspirin. These 6 companies own the worlds seed, pesticide and biotechnology industries. Just think about that for a second.
The same lying, conniving, manipulating BIG PHARMA companies that are always caught lying about side-effects and using us all as Guinea pigs for their experiments, are responsible for the "healthiest" section of your local supermarket. If you think I'm exaggerating, just Google GMO like I just did any day of the week. I'm sure you'll find an article similar to the one I'm about to mention below.
Here's a recent article; MEPs agree to ban Monsanto lobbyists from European Parliament. Monsanto just got banned from the European Parliament after the company, "refused to attend a hearing on allegations that it influenced studies on the safety of its products". That's just a taste of the lies, deceit and corruption provided by this US-based juggernaut who is basically controlling the farmer's market. Pun intended.
To Beet or Not To Beet
Facts and my opinion. That's all I ever offer. If the facts are wrong or they're untrue I have no problem saying I screwed up. But, often I believe it's just good practice to question every damn thing in this day and age. Especially when lots of money is involved.
History or mainly the biased re-interpretation of history has taught me that questioning everything is in my best interest. Some may say that's a sad way to live. I disagree. I don't walk around analyzing every single thing. There's no need for that. Most of the time it all comes down to trust. Do I believe this to be the truth or not. Common sense and logic are your two best friends here.
When it comes to health, common sense and logic would have me believe that most anything man made that goes into your body can have some bad side effects. Okay, let's counter that. Things in nature can do the same. True. Now, let's add in HUMAN nature and deceit.
When I'm told that something man-made or genetically engineered is safe for me, yet the companies making those "products" are being secretive about their effects or even get caught lying about them after someone gets sick or dies as a result, I give a little more trust to nature. Organic nature that is.
So the question remains; Should I stop eating meat? I say eat whatever taste good to you. It seems as if our veggies are just as sickening as our meats are. Unless you can afford the outrageous price of "organic" veggies. Oh, and I should mention some of the "organic" vegatables still include some GMOs? Check out an article on that here.
Would you like to die from heart disease or cancer? Let's say the vegan route is some how the lesser of two evils. How many years are you gaining by cutting the meat out? Again, If you ask me it's simple. If you don't like the taste of meat, stop eating it. If you do, eat it. If you want to feel "safer" cut back and eat certain meats or all meats in moderation. But, don't let one side dictate what you do because both sides are lead by lying, money hungry, soul sucking, heartless lobbyist. Dig in.
"Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are."