Is a meat-free diet healthy? Let’s find out the truth
The meatless-free diet is , without any doubt, a controversial issue. Many people think about it, and they usually get bombarded with conflicting views from both sides.
Generally speaking, this topic is mostly dogmatic, emotional and with too much focus on the moral aspect.
In this article, you will learn apart from these extremes whether it is healthy and what speaks for and against a meatless diet.
We can say one thing with certainty: many vegetarians sound like fanatics when they talk about a vegan diet.
They often encourage anyone who makes the mistake to talk to them about this topic to stop eating meat immediately, otherwise they will end up in hell and punished.
They also often believe that meat is an unnatural food, but it is a matter of opinion. How could it be unnatural to eat meat when humans can live on it and it is a source of many important nutrients?
Others claim that eating meat is immoral because it destroys life
Since the reasons given so far fail to withstand a closer examination, it is unlikely that someone will switch to a meat-free diet!
The minced meat extremists
This side of the discussion again claims that a meatless diet is unhealthy because humans need meat to get the necessary proteins. However, it ignores the fact that meat is far from being the only source of protein.
There are a variety of other foods that can easily meet our protein needs!
Incidentally, I should note here that, seen worldwide, it is still a privilege to be able to think about what to eat. A large part of the population can still be happy if they get enough food at all.
Races like the Eskimos feed almost exclusively on meat, as they have no other option, while people in other parts of the world are too poor to be able to afford meat at all.
Vegetarian: To be or not to be?
The main argument against a meatless diet is that meat is an excellent source of proteins that are necessary for the growth and maintenance of the body.
This benefit of meat consumption remains undisputed, however, several factors that make meat eating seem less beneficial do exist!
Modern rearing and slaughtering methods mostly result in an end product that includes contamination with various chemicals.
Meat industries alarmingly often use artificial growth stimulators such as B. Hormones to drive production.
The animals either receive feed thats mixed with chemicals, or they receive an injection with various antibiotics and vaccinations.
All of this ends up on the plate with the unsuspecting consumer. It stays undisputed that exposure to these substances indiscriminately can never be healthy.
Meat from dead animals makes an excellent basis for germs. This raises a red flag for our health when one does not prepare the meat properly.
The ugly truth about the meat industry
In addition, the meatless diet is supported by the fact that meat contains waste products and poisons, which are a by-product of the life of every animal. This causes an additional burden on the liver and other organs.
Meat contains adrenaline, which the body normally releases in times of anxiety and stress. This increase in adrenaline levels can affect general well-being and is anything but healthy.
We can often associate heart problems with excessive meat consumption. The Eskimos are a good example here.
Although society often mentioned that they eat meat almost exclusively, no one ever talks about the fact that they rarely get older than 30 years of age and most of them suffer from heart problems and arteriosclerosis.
Digestive problems such as constipation are often associated with meat consumption. A large number of vegetarians report that their digestion has improved since they switched to a meat-free diet.
Meat consumption (especially in large quantities) is associated with a variety of other diseases, but one cannot say that meat consumption is solely responsible for them, as vegetarians also get sick.
What we can say with certainty is that a meatless diet increases the likelihood of staying healthy.
That’s how healthy meat really is
Now I would like to provide a list of the benefits of meat consumption over other diets, but there are no benefits that would suggest that you consume meat.
At this point, however, I would like to clear up a misunderstanding. Many people consider meat to be an excellent source of energy and think that without regular meat intake, they would go into a state of lethargy.
Anyway, it is more the case that protein-rich foods are not ideal for supplying the body with energy. The best sources of energy for the body are carbohydrates and fats.
The body has a certain need for proteins to drive the cell structure, but if one ingests more than the required amount of protein through food, the body uses this excess as a compromise solution to meet its energy requirements.
This approach is extremely uneconomical in view of the prices for protein-containing foods (including meat), since foods that are largely composed of carbohydrates and fats are many times cheaper.
In addition, proteins leave unhealthy residues in the body during their digestive process. They load the often already stressed kidneys with additional work.
The average daily protein requirement is surprisingly low at 55 grams for the regular sized women and 65 grams for men.
Therefore, it is not necessary to consume large amounts of protein-containing foods, be it meat, milk, nuts, or other sources of protein.
What will happen if you replace meat with plant foods?
Of course, this avoids the disadvantages mentioned here that meat eating entails. It is also easier for the digestive system to process vegetarian foods.
After the completion of the digestive process, the body has to dispose of less waste products than would be the case with meat consumption.
This point alone makes an important argument for the vegetarian diet, since the body can process more easily digestible food with less effort.
This again means that the digestive system is less susceptible and less likely to cause problems while being more disease-resistant.
Furthermore, the body can use the energy it saves through easier digestion for other purposes. This is one of the reasons why the meat-free diet will contribute to your health, and you will have more energy available in everyday life.
In the past, many great yogis propagated a vegetarian diet, but Greek philosophers such as Archimedes also emphasized how healthy and beneficial the meatless diet is.
They talked about it for the same reason:
There is a connection between our diet and our mental state!
That body and mind have a connection to one another becomes immediately apparent when we look at the effect that alcohol or other drugs have on the emotional and mental state.
In the past, even many scientists mentioned countless points that meat consumption leads to inner tension and disharmony, while a meatless diet supports inner peace.
Of course, this does not mean that certain foods automatically help you find peace of mind, as your mental state mainly depends on internal conflicts and problems. Adding certain foods, however, can help you to relax your mind.
When it comes to achieving deep relaxation, it is necessary to clear up your own inner chaos, for which I highly recommend different spiritual practices.
If you have not yet been convinced of the advantages of a vegetarian diet, it should be noted that avoiding meat is a great cost savings, so not only your body and mind, but also your wallet will thank you for it!
It’s so easy to switch to a meat-free diet. In the end it works very simply:
Pick a vegetable protein source and integrate it into your diet!
Soy provides e.g. an excellent source of protein. It contains even more protein than meat. Other good sources of protein include: all types of nuts (preferably unsalted and not roasted), lentils, sunflower seeds, milk, yogurt, cheese and other dairy products.
One thing is certain:
You will be able to meet your protein needs without meat at any time if you eat a healthy and varied diet.
If you are looking for suitable recipes, I can really recommend Indian cuisine because it has a long tradition of meat-free nutrition.
In summary, we can say that the meat-free diet can offer far-reaching benefits for your joie the vivre. Soon you will notice an increased energy level and more relaxation and calmness.
Only one question remains:
What are you waiting for? Change your diet today and thereby increase your in and external happiness as well as your quality of life!