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The Meat Debate: Eating Meat is Very Good for You

May 5, May

In the last decade, social media has exploded with a plethora of diets and health crazes. Whether you have noticed the carnivore diet philosophy, that meat alone provides us with all our nutritional needs, or if you’ve noticed more plant-based diets being promoted on the basis of long-term sustainable health free of heart disease.

When thinking of the optimal human diet, we often assume we need to go above and beyond natural foods and look into diets rich in superfoods and supplements. However, in doing so we forget about some of the core principles of nutrition that typically apply to the human species as a whole.

What is the Optimal Human Diet?

In sourcing more information about said principles, we must be informed by the lenses of evolutionary biology, archaeology, medical anthropology and comparative anatomy and physiology. Furthermore, if we look through the lens of biochemistry, we see which nutrients contribute to human health and where we can find them in foods.

This is merely a surface level attempt at seeking sound nutritional advice due to additional factors like the functional components of food and its influence on the human body on a cellular and molecular level.

From a scientific point of view, looking at the optimal human diet through multiple lenses brings us to the conclusion that the natural human diet contains both animal and plant foods.

What about Meat Consumption and Heart Health?

As you read this, you may agree with the idea that an omnivore diet is more balanced and sustainable for long-term health and still feel hesitant about eating meat- especially red meat.

In several studies, red meat has been linked to an increase in heart disease and cancer. It is important to keep in mind that such a correlation is not equivalent to causation. Here are some factors that may better inform us of the true association between red meat and disease in the human body: many studies have shown that people who eat more read meat are likely to be overweight or obese, eat less vegetables and fruits, and be physically inactive. Hence, such variables are surely linked to heart disease and cancer when red meat is being consumed in a diet lacking nutritional balance.

Meat-Eating and Environmental Sustainability

Meat-free diets such as vegetarianism and veganism are commonly known to be reduce one’s carbon footprint and contribute to a more environmentally sustainable future. In such discourses, meat production in the food industry is completely left out. Here’s the middle-ground approach that we take: it is not surprise that meat sourced from large scaled industrial processes is harmful to the environment in more ways than one. However, pasture-raised meat is one of the solutions to eating meat and contributing to environmental sustainability and grazing animals are critical for healthy ecosystems.

We encourage our consumers to be responsible, educated, and environmentally minded. You don’t have to lose a whole food group to be healthy or contribute to a better environmental future, so let’s share a rich and balanced approach to diet.

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