Dairy and Meat Addiction!
The everlasting discussion concerning dairy products and meat, do we humans really need to consume these products to survive and stay healthy?
After this entry, most people that consume meat will end up with two arguments that we can deal with quickly. The first one is that humans are meant to eat meat, we are carnivores. The second one is that no matter what, I like meat, it tastes good. Concerning how meat tastes and that you like it I cannot change. I can only say this, after 42 years of being alive and surrounded by meat I became a vegetarian. I have no craving and I certainly do not miss meat. Spend some time with the animals impacted by the meat industry, is this their calling, is this what you really represent? Concerning humans, we are not carnivores. We are not dependent on meat and this is what you can see if you look at your teeth in the mirror. All animals are adapted to eat for the type of teeth we have.
The human belongs to the group called omnivores, meaning we eat a variety of foods, including meat and plant matter. With this said, a statement that we are carnivores is obsolete and not correct. The next question is, do we need to eat meat so stay healthy or/and survive?
Protein are the building blocks for our bodies. Protein exists in everything you eat. If you combine leguminous or nuts with rice, roots, or pasta you will receive the same quantity. Protein in meat can trigger the liver to produce the IGF-1 hormone, which develops certain cancer cells, this is a requirement for these cells. This only occurs in the meat protein. The meat consumption today provides an excessive amount of protein, more than the body needs.
Iron is needed for the body to create red blood cells. It is true that the heme-iron which only exists in meat can more easily be used by the body but too much heme-iron can increase the growth of cancer cells. To compensate meat with vegetables all you need to do is eat green leafy vegetables.
How about all the nutrients in dairy products? For instance, milk, is introduced due to calcium but green leafy vegetables also contain high values of calcium. Green cabbage, arugula and spinach contain more calcium than milk. Milk is not proposed to be healthy either. Women that drink a lot of milk have a higher chance of ending up in bone fractures and there are studies that it decreases your lifespan. Men might not be at the same level but there are similar risks. If you look at our cousins, other mammals, none of them consume milk after a certain age. They never drink it again, so why would you think that humans need to do? Here are a few examples from our cousins;
- Calves suckle between six months to one year.
- Lambs suckle up to six months.
- Piglets suckle for approximately one month.
- Dolphin calves suckle approximately 16 months.
- Blue whale calves suckle approximately six months.
- Elephant calves suckle approximately 18 months.
- Chimpanzee infants suckle between two to three years.
Don’t we need animalistic food? Yes, we do but only two vitamins, B12 which can be found in meat, milk, fish and eggs or you visit your local pharmacy and buy the vitamin. Also, D-vitamin is important which derives from the sun but in winter this is vitamin which is scarce. There is a lot of D-vitamin in chanterelles. D-vitamin is supplemented through your local pharmacy or smaller consumption of fish products.
What about all the studies on meat diets which would benefit weight loss? This is pure corruption financed by the meat industry. Serious research has proven that a high intake of protein will make you gain weight and increase the risk for lethal diseases such as cancer and CVD. Today we consume 22 kg more meat per person and year than we did in 1990 and large portion of this is imported.
What if we make agriculture more effective, can we not continue our consumption of meat? No, when earth’s population increases we will run out of food. More than half of all agriculture is producing animal feed. Even though animalistic products only represent 1/5 of our energy intake on a global perspective, it still represents 2/3 of our greenhouse gas emissions. Water resources are diminishing as well, it requires 15,000 liters of water to provide one kilo of beef. Due to the digestion of animals, the impact on the climate for greenhouse gas emissions is four times higher for cattle than it is for pigs or chicken. Most people think that pork and beef is what needs to stop, I will eat more chicken, however, chicken eat a lot of soy which is imported from South America, approximately 100,000 tons per year. That is twice as much as cattle.
I hope this information has provided a though, that is all I ask. There is so much good into becoming a vegetarian/vegan, foremost, it will remove the price tag from animals impacted by our mass production for the meat industry. What you need to understand is the corruption and the lies that derive from the meat industry. In the end, it falls back to what I have always stated, greed, to make money on confused yet determined meat eaters.