The Omnivore’s Delight: Reasons to Enjoy Meat
Check out this great post by Paul Bergner regarding the wonderfulness of eating meat, and here’s a quote to whet your appetite:
A very large trial showed that meat eating was protective against heart disease, and a large and growing body of evidence shows that meat eating is protective against osteoporosis and its worst endpoint. This is in stark contradition to the neo-naturopathic theory that it causes the bones to melt down in acidified blood. I say neo-naturopathic, because in the history of naturopathy, starting in Germany and up until the 1970′s, among several dozen major figures and teachers, we find only two vegetarian advocates, both of whom died 15-20 years before the meat eaters.
For arachidonic acid (an oft-maligned component of beef), several researchers have looked at the biochemical pathways and tried to supplement arachidonic acid as a possible treatment for immune deficiency. Even with a 3 month intervention at six times the average American intake, they could not alter the clinic immune picture. As it turns out, arachidonic acid is now considered an essential nutrient and required in infant formulas in Europe and Japan, and it also has a protective effect against insulin resistance. And a final note on arachidonic acid. The primary source of cellular level AA in the body of modern Americans is refined omega-6 oils (such as corn oil), not meat.
I was a vegetarian advocate for many years, and adhered to the “meat as poison” theory, but now, personally, clinically, and also looking at the science and human anthropology honestly, I have to say that for most people, meat, even if it’s modern meat, and abundant protein in the diet is essential for abundant health. By now I have case files on several hundred individuals with chronic fatigue, insulin-resistance, allergy, mixed anxiety/depression, neurosis, delusional thinking, and/or sugar addiction or worse who got rid of every one of these by introducing meat and fish into the diet in abundance and making a few other changes.