A lot of people are convinced that eating meat gives them strength to pull a truck with their teeth and that is beneficial to their overall health. Too many people find it hard to give up eating meat simply because it tastes too good.
But, what about Vegans? Do Vegans eat meat? The answer is NO! In this article I will explain why you should NOT consume meat and what will happen to your body when you stop eating meat.
Before we delve into more details about why meat is not good for you, let’s first understand what types of meat are mostly consumed, why people love meat so much, and why they think meat is good.
And of course I will debunk the myths that most people have about meat, so read on. Your mind is going to be blown away!
What Types of Meat Do People Eat Most?
Here they are:
- Red Meat: Beef, pork, veal, lamb, and goat
- White Meat: Chicken, turkey, goose, and duck
- Processed Meat: Bacon, ham, hot dogs, sausages, and jerky
Why Do People Love To Eat Meat?
Meat can be cooked in a number of different ways, from boiling to pan-searing. People pan fry, stir fry, stew, braise, smoke, broil, barbeque, grill, roast, and griddle meat.
On top of that, oil, butter, sugar, sauce, salt, spices, and other ingredients are added to enhance the flavor and smell, and make any kind of meat taste scrumptious.
The way how meat is prepared and cooked is what makes people drool over it. The truth is that a little seasoning goes a long way and that is how people’s meat cravings are satisfied.
Let’s take a moment to think about this: If you cook your purchased meat without adding any sauce, condiments, or whatsoever, the meat would not taste that good anymore.
And I bet you would not eat the meat if it is raw. The bottom line is that those extra seasoning and ingredients are what make all types of meat taste delicious.
Why Do People Think Eating Meat Is Good?
When it comes to the major sources of complete proteins, animal sources like meat and dairy are what immediately pop into people’s head. It is a widely held view that meat protein is needed in order to build, increase, and retain muscle mass.
Many even believe that eating meat can help them lose weight. Why? It is because when people eat meat, they get full easily, so they are less tempted to overeat and snack.
Moreover, it has commonly been assumed that a diet rich in meat protein can boost and strengthen the density of your bones because meat contains calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, and omega-3 fatty acids that play important roles in maintaining bone health.
It is also believed that iron in meat is more easily absorbed and utilized by the body. Iron plays a number of roles in your body, such as helping you metabolize proteins and produce new blood cells.
Additionally, it is thought that a serving of beef or lamb provides half a human’s daily selenium needs. Selenium is an antioxidant that aids in preventing cell damage, promoting thyroid function, and prevent cancer.
Finally, it has been reported that lean meat protein could help keep healthy heart function and a high protein and low carbohydrate diet could also help control blood sugars.
Now you can fully understand why so many people think that eating meat is good for their health. However, I am about to clear up their misconceptions about meat.
My mission here is to help those open their eyes to the truth. Now wake up! Open your electrifying eyes!
Common Meat Myths, Busted
Let me give you a quick recap on why most people believe that eating meat is good for them and then I will clear up the myths and misconceptions they have about meat.
1. Meat protein is required to build, increase, and retain muscle mass
The Truth: With a solid fitness plan and a healthy eating plan, hard work, enough water and protein, anyone is able to gain muscle. Protein can be obtained from several different sources.
Some select meat; vegans of course focus on plant-based foods. The good news is that you can absolutely build muscle on plant-derived foods, and there is also an additional benefit to plant-based diets — more energy and better sleep.
Several studies have shown that vegan diets offer sufficient amounts of protein, automatically met by a balanced, varied diet including grains and beans.
One of the reasons why animal proteins are always considered to be a higher quality is because of the kind of amino acids they contain. One amino acid in particular is called leucine and it is believed to be key to driving muscle protein synthesis.
Leucine is mostly found in animal foods, such as eggs, dairy, and meat. It is also found in plant foods, including, soybeans, lentils, tempeh, tofu, nuts, seeds, green peas, and leafy greens, like spinach and kale.
The truth is consuming higher amounts of animal protein is actually quite damaging for our health. Why? According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, animal products only contain saturated fat, cholesterol, and arachidonic acid (Omega 6 – Proinflammatory Fat).
They are completely lacking in nutrients, such as fiber, antioxidants, phytochemicals, folate, vitamin E, and plant proteins. Those essential nutrients are what protect us against cancer, heart attacks, and other diseases.
According to an article from the website Forks Over Knives, diets rich in animal protein are associated with high blood levels of the hormone IGF-1, which is a risk factor for several types of cancer. Even low-fat animal foods are implicated in certain cancers.
The Bottom Line: You do NOT need meat to get your protein. Large amounts of protein can easily be found in beans, lentils, peas, nuts, seeds, and soy just to name a few. Therefore, you CAN build, increase, and retain muscle mass, and burn fat on a vegan diet.
2. Eating meat can help you lose weight
The Truth: If you want to lose weight, do not overeat, avoid over-processed, high-calorie food, eat high-quality nutrient dense food, get enough sleep, stay hydrated, work out, and give up drinking.
Yes, protein promotes satiety, helping you feel full, which means it can aid in weight loss. Meat is excessively high in protein and that is why people believe that by consuming meat protein can help them lose weight. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.
Excess protein, and especially animal protein stimulates the growth of a large number of common cancers, such as breast, prostate, colon and lung cancer.
The reality is that plant proteins are more fulfilling and tend to be gentler on the body. Plant-based proteins not only offer a wide range of nutrients, but also have a whole lot of heart-healthy fiber that fills you up and helps your digestive process run smoothly.
In this day and age, people are eating meat from animals which have been given hormones and antibiotics to fatten them up. Therefore, it is not surprising that eating meat contaminated with those high levels of hormones could lead to weight gain.
Simply put, meat is high in calories and fat and if you want to lose weight, how can you eat something that is high in calories and fat? According to a newsletter published by Dr. John A. Mcdougall, fat is high in energy and energy in excess of need promotes obesity.
To make matters worse, fat itself directly promotes cancer growth. There are certain fats called essential fatty acids, which are extremely important for formation of the body tissues, and especially the nervous system.
Plants can synthesize them. A diet high in meat, dairy products and low in plant foods (diet deficient in essential fats) can cause the development of a weakened nervous system.
Do not worry. Fat is not your enemy. Healthy fats, such as avocado, seeds, and nuts in reasonable portions are part of a balanced diet and can aid in weight loss.
The Bottom Line: Eating a plant-based diet filled with balanced meals in the proper proportions help you manage your hunger, so you can not only lose weight, but also more likely to keep it off.
3. Meat protein can boost and strengthen the density of your bones
The Truth: The standard American diet is rich in meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy. People believe that they must consume animal based foods to help them get enough calcium to strengthen their bones. Unfortunately, this high-protein diet could increase your risk of osteoporosis.
According to a study found in the Journal of Gerontology, overweight postmenopausal women on a weight-loss diet that ate meaty, protein-rich diets lost bone density a lot faster than those who consumed moderate-protein vegetarian diets.
According to T. Colin Campbell, when your body metabolizes high protein animal foods, they are broken down into sulfuric and organic acids that promote acid production, and that acid load can promote bone breakdown.
Chronic high levels of these acids may seriously strip our bones of crucial minerals like calcium, which can lead to brittle bones and osteoporosis. If you grind up different foods and evaluate their pH (acid-alkaline balance), you will discover that MEATS ARE VERY ACIDIC and fresh fruits and vegetables are alkaline.
Our body is slightly alkaline (pH of 7.35 to 7.45 – a pH of 7 is neutral). If your body is too acidic, you will feel fatigue, have skin problems, have dental problems, have weak bones, and more. Remember this: Many diseases thrive in an acidic environment.
Yes, calcium and protein are crucial to maintaining the strength of the skeletal muscle and regulating the delicate balance of acids and bases in the blood. You can eat a varied and balanced vegan diet to meet your requirements for other nutrients needed for bone health.
According to an article from the Vegan RD, here are some tips on how to protect bone health.
How to protect bone health?
- Get adequate calcium (chinese cabbage, broccoli, turnip greens, mustard greens, collards, calcium-set tofu and fortified plant milks)
- Eat enough protein (cooked dried beans, peanuts, tofu, tempeh, fortified soymilk, nuts, and whole grains)
- Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables (fruits and veggies contain vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and boron that are important for strong, healthy bones)
- Get enough vitamin D (get some sunshine, eat portobello, maitake, morel, button, and shiitake mushrooms, drink fortified soy milk and almond milk, or take plant-derived supplements to meet vitamin D needs)
- Ensure enough vitamin B12 (nutritional yeast grown on a B12-rich medium, fortified plant milk, and B12 supplements)
- Engage in weight-bearing exercise (Exercise that stresses your muscles or provides impact is best for keeping muscles strong and building muscle mass)
- Avoid alcohol & reduce salt intake (Too much salt and alcohol can lead to poor bone mineral density)
The Bottom Line: It is easy to keep your bones strong and healthy on a vegan diet.
4. Iron in meat is more easily absorbed and used by the body
The Truth: According to NutritionFacts.org, If we lack iron, we risk anemia, but if we have too much iron in our body, we may be increasing our risk of colorectal cancer, heart disease, infection, and inflammatory conditions.
We consume iron in two forms: heme iron, found in animal foods; and non-heme iron, found in plant foods. Yes, heme iron has higher absorption rates and bioavailability than non-heme iron.
However, according to an article from the website Vegan Motivation.com, if you just look at iron intake from meat, it is associated with higher risk for heart disease.
What is worse, heme iron also causes the formation of N-nitroso compounds (potent carcinogens) in our bodies. Nuts, chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, beans, whole grains and dark-green vegetables are healthy, excellent sources of iron, and there is a ton more!
As a matter of fact, Vitamin C found in plants even makes the plant-form of iron easily absorbed and utilized by the body.
Therefore, eating iron-rich foods and vitamin C-rich foods, such as citrus, tropical fruits, broccoli, and bell peppers at the same meal can improve plant iron absorption.
Moreover, eating mineral absorption enhancers, like garlic and onions, one can also improve the bioavailability of iron and zinc in plant foods.
The Bottom Line: A healthy plant-based diet provides a wealth of iron and is never the cause of iron deficiency. It is best to obtain iron from plant foods so that we can avoid so many negative health problems associated with heme iron from animal-based foods.
5. A serving of beef or lamb provides half a human’s daily selenium needs
The Truth: Selenium is a powerful antioxidant, which has been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. In addition, it plays an important role in our immune system, helps prevent damage to cells and tissues, and is also good for the thyroid.
According to WebMD, the safe upper limit for selenium is 400 micrograms a day in adults. Anything above is considered to be an overdose.
Yes, red meat provides minerals like selenium, but according to Dr. Michael Greger, consuming red meat has been associated with an increased risk of total mortality, cardiovascular disease mortality, and cancer mortality.
Red meat has carnitine, which is involved in energy production and it can cause the buildup of trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO), a substance that promotes atherosclerotic plaque development.
With that being said, it is best to get selenium from plants, such as broccoli, cabbage, spinach, swiss chard, garlic, chia seeds, mustard seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, brazil nuts, brown rice, barley, asparagus, lima/pinto beans, and shiitake/white button mushrooms.
The Bottom Line: Plants can absolutely provide all the selenium we need and it is quite easy to get enough from plant-based foods.
6. Lean meat protein could help keep healthy heart function and a high protein and low carbohydrate diet could also help control blood sugars
The Truth: According to an article from Newsweek.com, eating meat on a regular basis is associated with a 60 percent INCREASE in the risk of HEART DISEASE, while plant-based proteins have been found to benefit the organ.
If there is too much cholesterol in your blood, it builds up in the walls of your arteries, resulting in a process called atherosclerosis, which is a form of heart disease.
Cholesterol is found in all animal foods, so it is best to avoid eating them. Plus, our body makes plenty of cholesterol for our needs, so we do not need to add any in our diet.
One study published in the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, eating plant-based sources like nuts, seeds, soy, pulses, beans, and peas can aid in preventing risk for cardiovascular disease, including blood pressure, triglycerides and inflammation.
According to Dr. Neal Barnard, there are five ways to prevent and reverse heart disease.
- Move plant-based foods to the center of your plate
- Minimize refined grains, added salts, and sweeteners
- Include nuts and seeds; avoid oils
- Avoid saturated and trans fat
- Supplement with vitamin B12
As for keeping blood sugar more balanced, a high protein and a low carb diet is NOT the solution.
Instead, fuel your body with complex carbohydrates (starches) like barley, buckwheat, corn, millet, rice, wild rice, rye, sorghum, wheat, beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, lentils, peas, oats, carrots, and winter squashes that digest more slowly and in turn offer your body the important glucose it needs in a more even manner.
As an added bonus, our body can efficiently regulate the use of the carbohydrates we obtain from starch, so even if we eat them in excess, the body will burn them off as heat and energy rather than store them as fat. In a nutshell, starches will not promote excess weight gain.
The Bottom Line: Vegan protein is better for heart health than meat, so fuel your body with nutrient-dense plant-based foods to protect your heart. Additionally, plant-based diets are very helpful in reducing our fat levels and keeping our blood sugar levels stable.
Bonus: For those who are interested in adopting more of a plant-based lifestyle check out the video below.
Why You Should NOT Eat Meat?
Have you ever seen someone sickened by eating whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits? Unless the foods are contaminated, or they trigger an unusual allergy or food sensitivity, then NO!
When cancer researchers began to search for links between diet and cancer, one of the most noticeable findings was that those who avoided meat were much less likely to develop the disease.
All animal foods are made up of large amounts of protein, fat, and cholesterol with very high levels of the sulfur-containing amino acid methionine and dietary acids. That is why there are serious diseases stemming from eating animal products, such as heart attacks, cancer, strokes, arthritis, osteoporosis, and type 2 diabetes.
The truth is that our body can not handle so much protein, fat, cholesterol, sulfur-containing amino acids, and dietary acids. Therefore, if you take in more than the body can utilize, metabolize, neutralize, or eliminate, those excess amounts will be poisonous.
Top 10 Reasons Why Meat Is Bad For You
1. There Is NO Natural Fiber In Meat
There are two types of fiber: Soluble and insoluble. You can find soluble fiber in oats, beans and other legumes, and some fruits and vegetables. Insoluble fiber is found in whole grains, bran, kidney beans, fruits and vegetables. Soluble fiber lowers cholesterol levels while insoluble fiber cleans your digestive tract.
Fiber boosts digestion, aids in weight loss, prevents cancer, reduces the incidence of heart disease, lowers cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose levels, and inflammation. Best of all, it even increases lifespan.
Meats like beef, pork, poultry and fish are all zero-fiber foods. Eggs, milk, yogurt, all kinds of cheese and other dairy products do not have fiber, either. Simply put, all animal-based foods are free of fiber.
Since meat has no dietary fiber, people who are on high meat diets are usually constipated. According to a newsletter published by Dr. John McDougall, seventy percent of people following the nearly all-meat Atkins diet complain of constipation Sadly, chronic constipation causes problems, such as, hemorrhoids and varicose veins.
Here are some other signs your body does not have enough fiber:
- You feel hungry all the time
- You may gain weight
- Your cholesterol levels skyrocket
- You may increase your risk of stroke and heart disease
- You may develop diabetes
- You become deficient in other health-protective nutrients
- You always feel lethargic
In fact, adding more fiber to your diet is very simple. Let me share with you what I eat to get a variety of fiber.
- I eat fiber-packed whole grains, such as, Ezekiel Bread, brown rice, and quinoa
- I add fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to my every single meal and snack
- I consume the skins of organic fruits and veggies like potatoes, pears and apples
- I eat beans, lentils, and chickpeas
- I eat oatmeal
- I eat seeds and nuts
All in all, make sure to get fiber from whole fruits, vegetables, and grains.
2. Meat Has No Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are a chief source of energy for all body functions and muscular exertion. They are our body’s preferred energy supply and they help satisfy the hunger drive and regulate the body’s intake of food. You feel fatigue when your body runs out of carbohydrates.
But, not all carbohydrates are created equal. Refined and highly processed foods like sugar, high fructose corn syrup, white flour and polished grains should definitely be avoided. It is because these types of carbs are empty calories (low in fiber, very few nutrients) and can lead to weight gain and many health problems.
On the other hand, the complex carbohydrates found in whole plant foods like potatoes, rice, asparagus, oranges, seeds, nuts and whole grains are highly beneficial and healthiest. Moreover, they provide at least 100,000 protective substances like phytochemicals, bioflavonoids, carotenoids, and so many more to protect us from health problems like heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.
Research shows that populations that eat carbohydrate-rich, plant heavy diets are slimmer and fitter, live longer and have much lower rates of chronic disease than populations whose diets are rich in animal foods, high in protein and fat.
If you keep consuming meat and other animal products, you are not able to benefit from any of great health-promoting nutrients from whole plant foods and your health is more likely to suffer.
3. Meat Contains ZERO Vitamin C
Vitamin C, reduces blood pressure, improves the health of blood vessels, fights against age-related mental decline, helps the absorption of iron, is crucial for bone health, heals wounds and forms scar tissue, maintains connective tissue, and more. Additionally, Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals and prevent them from existing.
If you are running low on vitamin C, you may have symptoms, including anemia, bleeding gums, loose teeth, swollen and painful joints, weak bones, dry skin and hair, poor immunity, and many more.
Our body is incapable of making vitamin C on its own and does not store it because it is a water-soluble vitamin that ends up leaving the body through the urine. With that said, we definitely need an ongoing supply of such vitamins in our diet.
Since meat has no vitamin C, it is important for us to get it from fruits (cantaloupe, orange, grapefruit, kiwi, papaya, mango, pineapple, a variety of berries, and watermelon), and vegetables (broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, green and red peppers, spinach, cabbage, leafy greens, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and winter squash).
And of course you can also obtain Vitamin C from some fortified foods, like cereals or supplements. The good thing is that plant foods provide plenty of vitamin C, so supplementation is usually unnecessary.
In a nutshell, a diet centered around whole grains and legumes with added fruits and vegetables is how we provide our body with Vitamin A and C.
4. Meat Has Almost NO Calcium
According to Dr. John McDougall, all minerals, including calcium, come originally from the ground and enter animals through plants. With that said, plants are packed with calcium, iron, zinc, copper, etc., and the more plants you consume the more minerals you acquire. Well, unless you eat animal bones, eating meat of any sort results in almost NO calcium intake.
The truth is that there has never been a case of dietary calcium deficiency ever reported. Luckily, we only need 150 to 200 mg of calcium every day and we can easily get it from plant foods, such as dark green leafy vegetables, tofu made with calcium sulfate, calcium-fortified soy milk, soybeans and soy nuts, bok choy, broccoli, collards, Chinese cabbage, kale, mustard greens, and okra.
A lot of people falsely believe that animal foods provide them with plenty of calcium and without them, their bones would weaken and they could possibly break a hip. In fact, bone loss is because of the excess protein and acid in the animal foods, in place of any deficiency of calcium.
Calcium helps form and maintain healthy bones and teeth, release hormones and other chemicals, form blood clots, send and receive nerve signals, squeeze and relax muscles, and more. Again, there are plenty of plant-based sources of calcium that benefit our body.
5. Cooking Meat Produces Carcinogens
According to NutritionFacts.org, when animal foods are cooked at any high temperatures or under normal grilling, frying, or oven-broiling, carcinogenic chemicals called heterocyclic amines are created that may increase the risk of breast, colon, lung, pancreatic, and prostate cancer. The longer and hotter the meat is cooked, the more carcinogens form.
6. Meat Is Filled With Contaminants
Hormones, stimulants, and antibiotics are constantly being used by farmers to speed growth, fatten animals up, and fight contagious diseases in crowded conditions. These chemicals can seriously damage the nervous system leading to a decrease in mental function and neurologic diseases. As a matter of fact, many major cancers are started and promoted by these harmful chemicals.
In order to avoid all these toxins, eating a healthy diet loaded with delicious plant foods helps you become super cleaned out.
7. Meat Is High In Cholesterol
As mentioned earlier, we produce all the cholesterol we need for our own uses, so there is no need to consume more of it from animal foods. It is difficult for our body to eliminate the excess and if we keep eating animal products, the excess will accumulate in our skin and tendons, as well as in the arteries where it is a main contributor to vascular diseases of the heart and brain.
Generally speaking, cholesterol in found in all animal foods, which may cause heart attacks, strokes, and even facilitate cancer development.
8. Meat Is High In Dietary Acid
Meat is very acidic and every time we eat it, our bones release alkaline materials to neutralize the acid. Over time, this process dissolves the bones, leading to osteoporosis.
What is worse, the acid also raises body levels of the steroid cortisol, which triggers bone loss. If your body is too acidic, chances are you will get sick very easily. Dr. Otto Warburg, 1931 Nobel Prize winner for cancer recovery said, “ No Disease, including cancer can live in an alkaline environment.”
9. Meat Is Excessively High In Protein
If we keep eating protein after we have met our daily requirement, our body will eliminate the excess through liver and kidneys. However, the amount of high-meat protein consumed on the Western diet overwork these organs and cause them to wear out prematurely. For those with poor functions of livers and kidneys, excess protein speeds up the processes that ultimately lead to organ failure.
The truth is that animal protein is much more damaging to the body than is an equal amount of vegetable-derived protein.
Excess animal protein takes its toll, even when you are strong and healthy. Protein overload causes the body to lose calcium, harms the bones, escalates our risk for osteoporosis and kidney stones, and stimulates the growth of a large number of common cancers, like breast, prostate, colon and lung cancer.
10. Meat Is High In Fat & Calories
According to nbcnews.com, a troubling report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that almost 40 percent of American adults and nearly 20 percent of adolescents are obese — the highest rates ever recorded for the U.S.
Fat is very high in energy. Energy in excess of need promotes obesity. Our hunger drive is very insensitive to the fat we eat, so fatty foods are very easy to over-consume. Eating too many fatty foods provide excess calories and fat itself directly promotes cancer growth. Consuming calories in excess of need also promotes the growth of cancer.
Our body can store dietary fat quite easily as body fat. We also store surplus fat in our liver, heart, and muscles. Too much fat in these organs can lead to heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
The predominant kind of fat in meat is saturated that raises blood cholesterol and easily becomes oxidized fat, which destroys the arteries.
According to the American Heart Association, the sustained consumption of saturated fats makes it more likely you will suffer from a stroke or heart disease.
The good news is that a variety of plants contain monounsaturated fats, like almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, avocados, tahini that help reduce bad cholesterol and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
In addition, polyunsaturated fats found in flaxseed, chia seeds and green leafy vegetables, and walnuts are also good for your health. The polyunsaturated fats not only help lower your bad cholesterol and bring down your likelihood of developing heart disease, but they also provide essential nutrients that build and maintain your body’s cells.
BONUS: To learn about the benefits 0f going vegan check out the video below.
What Will Happen To Your Body When You Stop Eating Meat?
1. You Will Likely Shed Some Weight
Plants have a much lower caloric density and are more nutrient-dense. Moreover, plants are high-fiber foods and so filling, which can easily help you curb food cravings and calorie intake.
According to a study, women who ate more fruits and vegetables were at a 28 percent lower risk of gaining weight than women who did not eat as many fruits and vegetables.
Based on research done by Dr. Neal Barnard at George Washington University, the average person that switched to a plant-based diet under their project supervision lost about 10 pounds in the span of about 44 weeks.
The bottom line is that a plant-based diet does help you lose weight without constantly counting calories. Plus, if you incorporate exercise into your life and eat plant foods, you will surely get results quickly.
2. Significantly Improve Gut Health
Quite a few academic studies have shown that there are many positive effects linked with giving up the consumption of animal by-products, including a reduction of harmful pathogens (viruses that cause disease) and an increase in protective microorganisms.
Eating a plant-based diet makes it so much easier to get enough probiotics that sustain a healthy gut environment. Additionally, the good bacteria that constitute someone’s healthy microbiome (the totality of microorganisms) need fiber from plant foods in company with probiotics to thrive.
According to a report published in the journal Nutrients in 2014, “The vegan gut profile appears to be unique in several characteristics, including a reduced abundance of pathobionts and a greater abundance of protective species. Reduced levels of inflammation may be the key feature linking the vegan gut microbiota with protective health effects.”
As an added bonus, a high-fiber, plant-based diet easily cleans out your intestines, so you do not need to worry about getting constipated. Insoluble fiber holds more water that bulks up waste and helps bowel movements pass more smoothly.
3. Your Skin Will GLOW
Miami dermatologist S. Manjula Jegasothy, says, “The rates of hormonal acne I see have gone up so much. It’s all coming from the hormones that the animals we eat are being fed or injected with.”
Therefore, if you ditch meat and consume more nutritious fruits and vegetables loaded with vitamins A, C, and E, zinc, phosphorus, and folic acid, your skin will definitely begin to look a lot better. Besides, the vitamins, minerals, and plant chemicals in fruits and veggies are known to fight free radicals in the body, which are common causes of skin flaws.
Researchers studying indigenous populations in Papua New Guinea and Paraguay have discovered that people who eat traditional unprocessed, low-fat, plant-based diets have healthy, glowing skin.
Nina and Randa Nelson are YouTube Stars and actors that adopted an oil-free, plant-based diet to help cure their serious acne that nearly paralyzed their lives and their acting ambitions. The low-fat, plant-based eating plan detailed in their book, “The Clear Skin Diet,” helped clear up their skin within days.
In a nutshell, if you replace meat with plenty of fruits and vegetables, all toxins will all be flushed out, which affect your skin in a good way.
4. Minimize Your Chances Of Getting Type 2 Diabetes
According to forksoverknives.com, meat causes type 2 diabetes because of animal fat, animal-based (heme) iron, and nitrate preservatives in meat. These damage pancreatic cells, worsen inflammation, impair the way our insulin functions and more.
Omnivores have double the rate of diabetes compared with vegans, even accounting for differences in body weight.
According to Dr. Neal Barnard, carbohydrates (sugar and starch) do NOT cause diabetes. The truth is HEALTHY COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES HELP PREVENT IT. Of all plant foods, whole grains are particularly protective against type 2 diabetes.
A plant-based diet will absolutely improve how your body responds to insulin and even reverse the defining symptoms of diabetes.
5. Reduce Inflammation In The Body
“Plant-based diets have been proven time and again to be anti-inflammatory,” asserts Emily Bailey, RD, director of nutrition coaching, sports nutrition, eating disorders, and weight management at NutriFormance in St. Louis. Plant foods are high in fiber, antioxidants, and other phytonutrients and that is why they are naturally anti-inflammatory.
If you are eating meat, other animal-derived foods, and highly processed foods, you will have elevated levels of inflammation in your body. Chronic inflammation can eventually cause several diseases and conditions, including strokes, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, asthma, and other degenerative disorders.
Several studies have shown that people that adopt plant-based diets can dramatically lower their level of C-reactive protein (CRP), an indicator of inflammation in the body.
6. Your Blood Cholesterol Levels Will Drop
Plant-based foods provide essential nutrients that fight cholesterol. Many studies have shown that when people go plant based, their blood cholesterol levels dramatically drop by up to 35%.
Red meat, poultry, fish, chicken, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products contain high levels of saturated fat that cause your body to produce cholesterol. Therefore, if you keep consuming animal foods, your cholesterol levels will elevate and that is a key risk factor for heart disease and strokes.
Since plant foods are rich in fiber, they can greatly help reduce blood cholesterol levels. Oyster mushrooms, foods high in soluble fiber like oats, beans, and barley, soy, almonds and walnuts are also helpful in tackling cholesterol.
7. The Good Genes Will Work Better
Scientists discovered that environmental and lifestyle factors affect the work of our genes. The antioxidants and many other nutrients found in whole plant foods normalize the work of our body. Therefore, by transitioning to a plant-based lifestyle, along with other lifestyle changes, can help turn on good genes, keep our DNA stable, and even decrease the expression of cancer genes in men with low-risk prostate cancer.
However, if you keep eating meat-based diets, your bad genes will start working faster, causing the development of chronic diseases and obesity.
8. Reduce Your Risk Of Developing Cancer
Meat does not have fiber, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and other beneficial nutrients, and it only contains high concentrations of saturated fat and potentially carcinogenic compounds that may cause different types of cancer, such as breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers.
On the other hand, high-fiber plant foods like whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits provide a measure of protection that can effectively remove carcinogens. Since plant foods are low in fat and rich in antioxidants and other anticancer compounds, people that go plant based are at the lowest risk for cancer compared to meat-eaters.
9. You Will Have More Energy
Researchers asked 620 people to take a survey about their diets, mental health, and lifestyle. Then the participants were divided into vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore groups based on their diet responses. Vegans reported less anxiety and stress than omnivores.
I was a meat-eater before and I felt drowsy every time I finished eating because the foods were just too heavy. Now I am a vegan and I eat much lighter foods that really help prevent blood sugar spikes. I feel excited, invigorated, and amazing every day. Eating a plant-based diet energizes you and you will definitely feel a pep in your step all the time.
Do vegans eat meat you may ask. No! And now you know why. Meat is detrimental to your health and causes so many health problems.
High-quality nutrient dense whole plant foods provide huge benefits of plenty of enzymes, vitamins and minerals in your diet. In addition, they are very beneficial for improving energy levels, alkalizing your body, reversing certain types of disease and certain kinds of cancer.
You are what you eat and at the end of the day you are responsible for your health. With that said, wisely choose foods that will ultimately benefit your body so that you can enjoy a long, jubilant, life.
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