Why Eating Meat Is Better for You Than Being a Vegetarian

There’s a lot of misinformation out there about the health benefits of various diets. Recently, many people have suggested that cutting out meat entirely can be beneficial to your health. In fact, research suggests that eating meat can be healthier for you in a few important ways:

1) Eating meat can give you protein, vitamin B12, iron, and other essential nutrients.

Vegetarians and vegans do risk vitamin B12 deficiency, among other nutritional deficiencies. Even strong advocates of veganism admit that their diet does not always provide adequate B12, because they’re cutting out an entire food group. Meat is rich in nutrients, including iron and protein, which are both needed for a healthy body and for strength. In fact, meat can contain the following essential nutrients and antioxidants:

  • Omega-3
  • Carnosine
  • Creatine
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Iron

2) Eating meat keeps you satiated so you don’t overeat.

One of the problems with cutting out meat from your diet is that it can cause overeating. Doctors have noted for years that low-carb diets with plenty of meat help keep eaters satiated, so they eat more reasonable portions and lose weight.

But with obesity becoming a major health concern in this country, choosing lean sources of nutrients and advocating reasonable portion sizes is important. Meat and vegetables keep you full for longer, and a lean steak is packed with everything you need to keep your energy levels high.

3) Meat can help you avoid processed foods.

When you shop for vegan and vegetarian foods, you may find foods designed to look and taste like meat or dairy products. Often, these foods are filled with additives and preservatives and are highly processed — even though the World Health Organization (WHO) advocates strongly against the dangers of processed foods. A cut of meat — such as a steak or chicken breast — is unprocessed and contains nothing but meat. There is no salt added and no preservatives.

The Bottom Line: Why You Should Eat Meat

Meat has been part of the human diet for generations. Meat has allowed us to develop into the species we are today, and for generations it’s been a part of healthy eating in just about every culture on earth. Packed with nutrients, unprocessed meat gives you energy and helps you control portions so you can live your healthiest possible life.

At Arrowquip, we’re proud to help hard-working cattle farmers and livestock farms. We are happy to supply livestock handling solutions to the industry and understand how this industry supports our economy and our health.

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