Afternoon gents! This is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and today I’d like to talk about something rather controversial: eating meat. Now, it should be no surprise to anyone that this overall idea has been hotly debated in recent years. The moral, environmental, and health consequences of eating meat and other animal products have come into quite a lot of debate, thanks mostly to the rise of the internet. So today, I’d like to take my stance on eating meat and animal products and why consuming such products can be beneficial, if done in moderation. And if any of you reading this happen to be vegetarians or vegans, please do not misinterpret this as attacking those groups or ideologies. I believe that there can be certain health benefits to only eating plants and grains and avoiding animal products. However, I do not believe that those benefits outweigh the benefits of including meat in your diet. But without further ado, let’s get to the rest of the post. Here are three (3) of the biggest reasons why I eat meat and how other gentlemen can benefit from it: there are certain vitamins and nutrients that only come from meat products. (And it’s not a double-entendre, it’s just a dietary preference. Perverts ;D)
1. There are vitamins and nutrients that can only be found in meat products
This is the possibly the biggest argument in support of animal products. There are a number of nutrients that can only be found in animal products. Among these nutrients are Vitamin B12, creatine, and Vitamin D3. Vitamin B12 is shown to be involved with the function of almost every cell in the human body, and is largely involved in the formation of blood and brain matter. Creatine is a sort of energy reserve for our cells, and while it is produced naturally by the liver, the amount produced by it isn’t sufficient enough to provide enough energy the body regularly needs. Vitamin D3 is a variant of Vitamin D found in meat and eggs. While Vitamin D can produced naturally by exposing our skin cells to sunlight, Vitamin D3 is a viable substitute in the event you don’t get enough sunlight. Also, while another variant, Vitamin D2 is found in plants, most doctors have found that D3 is more effective. And by now you may be asking, why not take supplements? While that is a good option, it’s my belief that these nutrients are better for you if they come from the meat products themselves. What many people don’t know is that many commercially sold vitamin supplements are produced artificially, and I practically live my life by the rule that natural is and always will be better than artificial. And all of this is really the only explanation I have as to how I and other men can benefit from eating meat. All the rest are just my personal reasons why I eat meat.
2. It’s perfectly fine in moderation and while remaining health conscious
There’s no denying it, it’s just a fact: some countries, particularly the United States and Australia consume way too much meat. Despite all the benefits that I just listed above, they will mean absolutely nothing if you don’t remain health conscious. The reason many vegans associate meat eaters with things like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and the like is because the only examples they look at are those people who almost exclusively eat meat or are not very health conscious. What a lot of vegans seem to overlook, however, is that there are many meat eaters who are just as health conscious, if not more so, than many vegans are. My dad for example, has been eating meat ever since he was a kid. He goes out mountain bike reading at least twice a week and it still working as fifty (50) years old, and he has one of the cleanest hearts his doctor has ever seen, and he is still in fantastic shape, being nowhere near overweight. Another thing people need to keep in mind is that moderation is everything. Admittedly, this is something I myself need to work on. While I don’t believe in cutting meat out of your diet entirely, eating it in moderation and balancing it with your consumption of plants and grains is just as important as the aforementioned vitamins and nutrients themselves. So, while the consumption of meat can be very beneficial, you just need to remember to remain health conscious and that moderation is everything.
3. Humans have evolved to eat meat
Despite what many vegans may argue, humans by their nature are omnivores (animals that ingest both meat and plants for food). The fact that the human stomach is able to dissolve meat and that our digestive tract can digest it should be enough evidence in and of itself, but there are other evolutionary traits that show it too. Humans have developed incisors and canines, teeth that are specifically designed for tearing through meat. However, this does not mean people should start swearing off meat, as there are other evolutionary traits, like molars in the back of our mouths, that allow us to grind up plant matter. There’s no arguing it, humans are meant to ingest both meat and plants.
So there it is! Three (3) reasons why I eat meat, and how other young men could benefit from eating meat (and animal products). With there being certain nutrients that can only be found in animal products, and that it’s fine in moderation, there are so many benefits that can come from eating meat. Again, if any of you reading this happen to be vegans or vegetarians, do not misinterpret any of this as hate or oppression towards your community or ideologies. If you genuinely believe that a diet devoid of meat and animal products is healthier, I have no problem with that. I’m just trying to outline why I’ve chosen to stick with the “social norm” of eating meat. But in any case, thank you for reading this post! I apologize for being absent for so long, I’m a young college student who was in the thick of finals in the past few weeks, but now that my semester is over, I should have a lot more time to post! With that in mind, be sure to follow the blog and make sure to follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!