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The last level and the smallest is red meat. Beef, goat, mutation, lamb, and venison should only be eaten a few times a month. Yeah I know, I know. That's tough, It’s hard for me too. Remember, when it comes to the Mediterranean Diet you are encouraged to eat more fruit, vegetables, and whole grains and less red meat, animal products, refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, and hydrogenated fats. Studies show that eating a lot of red meat can lead to heart disease, can cancer.
Ok, let's talk a little bit about being a vegan or vegetarian. Beef, fish, chicken, and other animal products are rich in vitamin B12. Yes, there are a few sources you can get B12 from that are not from an animal. Like Tempeh, Tofu, spirulina, and brewer’s yeast. But what these foods actually have is something called B12 analogs. These compounds can’t actually be metabolized by the body. The best way to make sure that you are getting the right amount of B12 is to eat animal products, Vegans and vegetarians that do not get enough b12 will suffer from Anemia and that can be fatal. Lack of B12 can also lead to fatigue and neurological disorders. B12 is also needed for blood cells to form. The only real effective way to get B12 is from animal products. And then there’s Vitamin A, you can only get vitamin A if it's true from animal products. I can also get into things like the biology of the human body, how we chew, the types of teeth we have, and how all this proves we should be eating meat.
It’s definitely important that we get protein in our bodies. Why? Because of protein…
- Is important for growth, development, and healing
- Is important for building muscle, hair, skin and other parts of the body
- Forms enzymes that help fight disease.
I believe the lesson here is that we need to eat meat. Just not as much meat as Americans are used to eating. Food from animal sources gives us the best complete protein.
Dr. Mary Ruth Swope said “The dietary lifestyle you choose will affect your body performance, body size, resistance to disease and your life expectancy (Swope, Dr. Mary Ruth, Are You Sick And Tired of Being Sick And Tired, P. 116)