When I meet people and they discover that I’m into holistic health, they often assume I’m a vegetarian, or at least abstain from eating red meat.[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”not a vegetarian”]Image from Dollar Photo Club Created in Canva[/featured-image]
Science and the bible agree. Human beings are designed as omnivores, and should consume both animal, and plant-based products. There are a lot of reasons for this conclusion. Let me give you 5 reasons why I’m not a vegetarian…..
Animal products are complete protein sources. A complete protein source is one that contains all nine essential amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They are categorized as: essential and non-essential.
Essential amino acids are considered “essential” because our bodies cannot make them, and therefore need to be included in our diets. Non-essential amino acids are considered “non-essential” because the body can make them from the raw material supplied by the essential amino acids.
If you want a single food that always contains complete proteins with all nine of the essential amino acids, you must turn to animal products such as: meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy.
There is no single vegetable source of adequate amounts of the nine essential amino acids. The only way to get complete proteins from vegetable sources is to combine certain foods such as rice and beans, or beans and bread. This presents a challenge to getting our daily protein intake. The easier, and better way out, is to consume quality animal products.
Animal products have beneficial fats. Fat is an excellent energy source. It satiates hunger well. And, it supplies all kinds of micro-nutrients in the form of vitamins and minerals in an easy to assimilate form. I know we’ve all heard that saturated fat is bad for us. However, resent research is casting doubt on these claims. (more in this in future posts)
Most people are unaware that all fats from foods come in blends of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and saturated. It is impossible to consume one of the three without consuming the other two in the same food. (Source) In addition, meat, eggs and lard have more unsaturated fat than saturated. Who knew?…
God gave us animals for food. I know the bible says that plants were to be our food, or “meat” in some translations. (Genesis 1:29) But, if we keep reading a few chapters later in (Genesis 9:1-2) after the flood, we see God telling Noah to have dominion over the animal kingdom, and now animals are to be considered food.
Some may say: “What about Daniel and his friends that ate vegetables and were found stronger and healthier than those that ate the “rich” foods or meat.” (Daniel 1:12-15) This is descriptive not prescriptive. Besides, a ten day fast from “rich” foods can have it’s health benefits. However, we are not designed to live in a fasted state.
Vitamin B-12 is not found in plant-based sources. B-12 (cobalamin) is an important nutrient. It synthesizes with folate and assists with the production of DNA, and red blood cells. It also helps to make the myelin sheath that acts as an insulator around our nerves. It also helps with nerve impulses.
B-12 deficiency can lead to:
Human physiology. Our canines, the pointy teeth at the third location from the center of the mouth are ideal for tearing and shredding. As such, they are quite obviously designed for meat consumption.
Our digestive tracts are shorter than herbivore animals. Our stomachs are high in hydrochloric acid, making them efficient at digesting meat.
Our small intestines are very capable of absorbing the macro and micro-nutrients found in animal products. However, we do no possess the capability to digest fiber, the primary component of most plants.
Vegans and vegetarians are at risk of serious nutrient deficiencies. God not only allows us to consume animals, and animal products for food, but he has designed our bodies to thrive on them. Our design speaks to the fact that we should be eating both high quality meats, and plant-based products.
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