Why it is good to eat meat. 

Welcome to the first edition of The Why.

Everywhere you look the media is pushing you telling you who to follow, what to watch and when to watch it.   You’re even sometimes told how to do it all.  Truth is, here at American Live Wire we do a bit of that ourselves.  The big difference is we also tell you why.

You ask the questions.  We provide the answers.

Why it is good to eat meat:  There are enough people telling you why not to eat it that you may have forgotten why it’s good to eat meat.  Let’s focus on the facts that support the consumption of meat.

"Why it is good to eat meat?"

Eating meat is good for you.

Why it is good to eat meat: It’s good to eat meat—lean, unprocessed meat especially—because plants do not contain vitamin B-12.  Vitamin B-12 is a nutrient that keeps your blood and nerves cells working well and keeps your body anemia-free.  A deficiency of B-12 can imitate multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s.  It’s good to eat meat because you don’t have to stress over this deficiency.  You don’t have to be concerned that some recent research is correct and B-12 vitamins might be useless.

Why it is good to eat meat: It’s good to eat meat because there is a wealth of important less-publicized nutrients in meat, that can’t be found in plants.  These nutrients—which are essential for optimal body function include: Creatine which builds an energy reserve in the brain and muscles and Carnosine which prevents numerous degenerative processes and serves as a significant anti-oxidant.  2012 studies indicate meat also provides more zinc and potassium

Meat is also a good source of heme iron. Heme iron is a good type of iron and it only comes from creatures with hemoglobins.  Plants do not contain hemoglobins only meat, poultry and fish.  While Vegetarians say that too much iron might be bad for you the World Health Organization reports that more than 30 percent of the world’s population has an iron deficiency.

An iron deficiency can cause fatigue, reduced immune function, and what some refer to as “overall crankiness.”  Women especially require more iron in their diets due to menstruation.  Meat-eaters needn’t worry about any of this.

Why it is good to eat meat: Meat is a good source of protein which is essential for life.  Animal-derived protein supplies the body with the required amino acids that are essential to life.  While Vegetarians claim they get protein for such sources as beans and nuts, these are actually considered “incomplete proteins” because they lack at least one if not more of the essential amino acids.

Jillian Michaels, author of Master Your Metabolism and “Biggest Loser” strength trainer, states that meat contains an amino acid known as L-arginine, which “keeps a lid on your appetite and reduces body fat.”  She adds that “Leucine helps produce growth hormone and regulate blood sugar.”  Eating animal protein has other advantages as well.

Animal protein is known to be related to increased muscle mass.   It is also important to bone health.  Studies have demonstrated that animal protein is especially good for increased bone density as well as a lower risk of fractures.  It also helps prevent osteoporosis and maintain muscle.

Why it is good to eat meat: Research has also proven that eating meat results in higher testosterone levels.  Low testosterone is related to depression, increased fat gain, reduced strength and reduced self-esteem.  Carol O’Neil, PhD, a professor of human nutrition and food at Louisiana State University and coauthor of some of the above-mentioned reports said it is good to eat meat because “lean meat is a healthy thing.”

“Why is it good to eat meat?”  Now you know.

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About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.
  • Saddha

    Thank you. Don’t forget that seafood is also needed for omega 3. Also, for vegetarians to say you should take artificially created supplements to compensate for their resticted diets is ridiculous. Supplements are only used to help if your diet is not sufficient in providing the full nutrients. Human ability to eat anything allowed them to live anywhere on earth. To give up this flexibility is foolish. Meat eaters also realize that animals should be treated with dignity and love for the sake of the food as well as the animal.

    • Will Phoenix

      Thanks for your comment Saddha!
      I don’t claim to be an expert on this but I did do my homework! Someone wanted to know why they should eat meat so I dug up some positive points. getting me started on veganism is another article lol. Thanks for reading my stuff!

  • veggiedude

    B12 is produced by bacteria in the gut of the animal. It occurs in humans too, just not absorbed as well. So, a good source would be from yeast (many British love Marmite as a bread spread, which is a yeast extract – so they don’t have to worry as much). Latest research has shown that the gut bacteria in humans react to meat to produce TMAO, and is believed to be the leading cause of heart disease. As for Omega-3, it is plentiful from walnuts and flax seed. Our ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 should be at least 4:1. We our overdosing on Omega-6 (the average American is getting 12:1 ratio due to eating lots of processed foods, of which the manufacturers use cheaper oils that are plentiful in Omega-6).

    • Will Phoenix

      Hi veggiedude,
      I won’t ask for links to back up your statements because ALW software might boot them anyway. I am not debating here. I just answer the questions asked of me.using facts from experts. Yes, the folks who OK eating meat are definite about not eating processed foods and so forth. That was clear. Thanks for you comment and thanks for reading my stuff!

  • Will Phoenix

    Wow! Thanks Saddha!
    I am surprised ALW did not delete the links but that’s good because I hate it when people makes claims online and don’t back the up with evidence-lol.Thanks again and i hope you continue to read this series no matter what the specific question is!