Are vegetarians healthier than meat-eaters?

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I would have to say overall ‘Yes’, but that’s mainly due to eliminating dead processed foods and replacing them with fresh live foods.

Secondly, another huge health bonus for going vego’s is that most commercial meat that is sold is sub-standard, I’m talking about:

  1. Sauce-coated chickens – Drowning in BADS fats, sugar, preservatives & salt
  2. Supermarket Sausages – aka lips & anus’ (in other words old offcuts)
  3. Grain-fed meat – This is most beef products. A cow’s natural diet is grass, but cows are often stuffed with grains to fatten them up quickly. The same effect is achieved when humans consume too many grains.
  4. Packaged slice meats – These include chicken loaf, devon (or fritz), packet ham & bacon

It is for these reasons that meat got its BAD name, but this does not apply to the grass-fed meats that were the norm up until around 50 years ago.

In short, if you avoid the above tampered meats and only choose certified organic grass-fed meats from a farmers’ market or organic butcher, you can avoid the nasty nitrates, nitrites, sulphites and other artificial preservatives that make meat unhealthy. For more detail check out ‘Meat’ in your BBB comparison.

Tune in tomorrow to learn why it can be hard to digest red meat and how to make it easy as (sing the following) A, B, C… so simple as Do Re Mi…

Can you get all your protein from plant-based foods?

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The short answer is ‘Yes’. There are thousands of healthy vegans around the world who function very well from a vegan diet.

But before you go buying Kale sandwiches remember that while it is possible to get all your essential amino acids (that make up complete protein) from grasses, grains, nuts, seeds & cereals, you must eat a large variety of them in specific combinations each and everyday to get the mix just right.

Each person requires different types and levels of protein, some of the factors that affect protein needs include:

  1. Genetics – Depending on your background will affect both the type and amount of protein that you respond best to, some bodies respond very well to a steak for breakfast, for others a little yoghurt will be plenty.
  2. Muscle Mass – The more muscle you have the more protein is required to maintain it, this is one reason big men love their meat.
  3.  Exercise type & intensity – The more heavy resistance training you do the greater protein levels are required for growth & repair.

Learning to read your own body signs is one of BBB’s prime objectives and a key to permanent health and weight loss. When you learn all your body signs you know what type and how much protein to eat at every meal, no new diets needed…ever!

Bottom line: Whether you believe in eating animals or not the fact remains that it is far easier and more efficient to attain all your amino acids from meat, hence our meat-eating society.

Tune in tomorrow to find out how meat got its BAD name…

Are we meant to be vegetarian?

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Besides those blokes that wrote the Best-Seller ‘The Bible’ not many authors can say their book still sells almost 100 years after it was first published, Dr. Weston A. Price is one of those authors.

Dr. Weston A. Price who founded the American Dental Association wrote ‘Nutrition and Physical Degeneration’, he spent many years researching the beaming health of indigenous cultures from all 4 corners of the globe, through his extensive research Price found that not one of them was completely free from animal products.

There was a lot of variety in the amounts and types of meat consumed – from the Eskimos that lived on 90% animal meat such as seal and whale blubber, to the Indian cultures who consume buffalo and cow’s milk, but never the sacred cow.

Of all of the cultures the blubber-eating Eskimos actually had the lowest incidence of heart disease, that throws the age-old ‘Meat = heart attacks’ theory out the window.

However in recent times with the introduction of processed meats, in particular hot dogs (an Eskimo favourite), heart disease stats are on the increase in these indigenous cultures, are you beginning to join the dots yet?

Tune in tomorrow if you want to find out if you can actually get all your protein from plants…

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