The importance of Meat in a healthy diet

Meat is without a doubt one of the most important foods that humans can eat.   Human beings are omnivores, which means that we are adapted to be able to eat both vegetables and animals.   The early humans were known as hunter / gatherers, because they would hunt and kill animals for food and then gather around to eat it.     (There is an alternative interpretation of the “gathering” that implies that they would gather plants to eat along with the meat of the animal they had just killed)

Over the past century, the eating of meat has been demonised, largely due to the amount of saturated fat that comes with eating standard cuts of meat.

Making things worse, has been the growing popularity of the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle among some segments of the population.  Studies have shown that the reduction in fat caused by a vegetarian diet can lead to many forms of mental illnesses leading to rage,  aggression and even suicide.

Little wonder that so many articles and lectures by vegetarians degenerate into name calling and attacks on the meat eaters or “carnivores” as they often refer to people who eat meat.  I saw a quote on one site saying “Don’t eat anything with a face”.    Well here on the Ratchet Diet site we say:

“Face up to the fact that you are an omnivore and that you are genetically programmed to eat meat”

So Vegetarians and Vegans, it’s time to stop beating your meat and to start eating it!

So its always good when I find an eloquent and knowledgeable speaker who can promote the point of view that eating meat is actually healthy.    And its even better when the presenter is able to do this without the hype or overblown promises that so many speakers on diet and nutrition are guilty of.

So without any further ado, lets hear from Denise Minger about the pros and cons of eating meat.

 Denise Minger presenting at the Ancestral Health Symposium 2012 (AHS12)

Meet Your Meat: An Objective Look at a Controversial Food

Ever since cholesterol and saturated fat rose to infamy as health foes, meat has generally been seen as a food to minimize or even eliminate completely. Red meat, in particular, is frequently linked to heart disease and certain cancers in observational studies, leading to widespread recommendations to reduce its consumption.

This presentation looks at the evidence behind our current understanding of meat, discusses its role in human history, critiques the use of observational studies to find associations between meat and disease, examines some legitimate risks with certain forms of meat, and explores why our modern focus on muscle meat — even when it’s grass-fed — may indeed contribute to health problems. The presentation will include PowerPoint slides and a question-and-answer session, and audience members will come away with a thorough understanding of how meat impacts their health.

Denise Minger is a health blogger, editor, writer, and teacher based in Portland, Oregon.
She runs the “anti-bad-science” blog, and is currently completing her first book, Death By Food Pyramid, to be released in August of 2012.

This is Denise Minger’s Blog. It’s highly recommended reading for anyone wanting to improve their health and diet.



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    At the cash register, I learned hers was for a party at her sister’s. Mine, on the other hand, was to help me cope with another big loss by my beloved Toronto Blue Jays – and the $1,000 it cost me. Anyway, when I left she was waiting outside, smoking. If you’d seen the way she inhaled, you’d further understand the attraction.

    As she ground out her cigarette, she asked for a ride to the party. Before I knew it she was feeding me cake by hand while screaming out directions. I was so caught up in the cake, and her fingers, I hardly realized we were at the party. The next thing I knew she out of the car. I never even knew her name. Plus, I had no more cake.

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