To eat or not to eat (meat)

To eat or not to eat (meat)

The argument has been around forever — whether or not vegetarianism/veganism is a healthier lifestyle than eating both meat and non-meat products. This question may not be one with a definitive answer. Rather, it is up to each individual to decide whether or not this lifestyle is for them. Here are some benefits from both sides of the debate, so you can decide for yourself which path is better for you.

 

Pro Meat:

(Flickr/Tifanie Tavish)

(Flickr/Tifanie Tavish)

Balanced Diet

Researchers from the British Nutrition Foundation have stated that though processed meats, such as bacon and sausage, can lead to poor health, lean and unprocessed red meat can be quite beneficial in aiding a balanced diet, as long as it is eaten in moderation.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids, chemicals that improve brain function and support heart health, can be easily found in fish. These chemicals are also found in plants, but it takes the body much longer to take them in and have not been shown to benefit the body in the same manner that they would if they were taken from fish, says Dr. Udo Erasmus, author of “Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill.

 

Iron

Iron is a part of the cell that helps the flow and use of oxygen. Studies conducted by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey have shown that meat provides the body with roughly 14 percent more iron than plants and beans do.

 

No Meat:

Mood

Studies done at Benedictine University and Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health have revealed that lowering one’s levels of arachidonic acid, a chemical that comes from ingesting meat, can significantly improve one’s mood.

 

Diabetes

Studies conducted at Loma Linda University School of Public Health and George Washington University School of Medicine have proved that vegetarian diets can aide to the management of diabetes and can greatly decrease the chances of developing it.

 

Cholesterol

The consumption of meat raises levels of cholesterol considerably, and high levels of cholesterol can increase the chances of getting heart disease. Ingesting less meat has been shown to lower levels of cholesterol, which lessen the chances of getting heart disease and may even reduce one’s weight.

 

There have been many arguments and studies for and against the consumption of meat. No final solution to the debate has been concluded because a dietary lifestyle is so particular to each individual. If you are considering switching your lifestyle over to the other side, learn the facts and do what is best for your health.

 

Are you a vegetarian/vegan? What are your arguments for or against it? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter @VictoriaRimer

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