It is an ongoing debate, and one that does not have a definitive answer.
For some people, meat is terrible while for others, meat is a necessity.
There have been a variety of studies, but many of those studies do not take into account other health situations. Sure, you may be studying a group of men who are eating meat, but what else are they eating? Are they taking vitamins? Are they exercising? Do they smoke or drink?
So many of the studies are skewed, so we cannot honestly trust those studies.
I recently read an excellent article by Dr. Mark Hyman on this subject. You can see it here.
Dr. Hyman tells how many people who do not eat meat at all like Buddhists and 7th Day Adventists show great signs of long life. But, so do some “die-hard” meat eaters do to like people on the Paleo diet.
My meat eating views
Personally, I do support the Paleo diet meat eating views. But, the rest of your diet and the types of meat you ingest are quite important.
If you are a strong vegetarian, more power to you, but you do need to make sure you are getting the needed protein your body requires.
Many meats that you can purchase in fast food joints and even in grocery stores have been fed high amounts of steroids, hormones, antibiotics and we have no idea what other items they are fed that could be laced with chemicals.
High fat – low carbs
As you know, I am adamant about the high fat and low carb diet plan. The best way to achieve this is with meat… but what meats should you buy?
All organic grass fed meats
It is your best choice to find organic, grass fed meats. Yes, the prices may be higher, but your health is more important than the price of a pound of meat.
Another priority is to not just eat meat, but add a staple of healthy fruits and vegetables to your diet… And exercise!
But, they say meat causes heart disease
Dr. Hyman points out a fact that is not mentioned in the studies linking meat to heart disease. The disease comes from saturated fats and somehow these testers put the blame on meat, but the saturated fats linked to heart disease do not even come from meat.
They come from sugar and carbohydrates.
Now you do get saturated fat from meat, but you get a bad saturated fat from that greasy cheeseburger you bought at a fast food place and okay saturated fats when you have a grass-fed burger.
The Paleo diet preaches meat, but with it are fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts leaving out the processed foods, dairy products and grains.
How to eat a safe meat diet
Let’s summarize so you can have a simple checklist to make sure you are eating a proper meat diet.
- Only buy organic grass fed meats and make meat the side on your plate, not the main course.
- Stay away from any, and all processed meats.
- Preparation of meat is important. Slow cooking meat is the best at lower temperatures. Some people think that high heat is the way with meat, and they are actually creating more toxic substances by doing so.
- Make vegetables the main course. Eat a lot of healthy vegetables and throw in some fruits too.
So, my opinion is: enjoy your meat… but only grass fed meat.
If you are a vegetarian, I am not trying to change you, but make sure you are getting the needed protein and you can do so with supplements.
Where do vegetarians get protein?
I want to share some great places for vegetarians to get their needed protein:
- Red Lentils give 18 grams of protein per cup
- Chickpeas have 12 grams of protein per cup
- Black beans give 15 grams of protein per cup
- Nuts have high protein levels
- Tofu has 11 grams in 4 ounces
- Quinoa has a high level of protein
So if you are a vegetarian, make sure you have these in your diet.
If you need any help, feel free to contact me and we will get you on the best diet for you… With, or without meat.
Have a great day.