Myths and Truths About Beef"Vegetarians never mention a study by Dr. Emmanuel Cheraskin who surveyed 1040 dentists and their wives. Those who had the fewest problems and diseases as measured by the Cornell Medical Index had the most protein in their diets."
Meat and Cancer, Disease, Mortality:
Healthfulness of Meat:
Above article in it's entirety found here (click link that says over the age of 30 then click on the article link at the bottom of that page) Excerpt from article: "Protein sources may also have different effects on bone
metabolism and BMD. Studies have observed that animal
protein intake (meat and dairy products) is associated
with higher BMD and also a better effect on bone and
calcium metabolism, while vegetable protein intake (soy
food) has not been linked with an effect on BMD."
Meat is believed to be acid producing because of the sulfer-containing amino acids. The myth is that the body has to buffer the acid by using calcium from bones. The flaw in this belief is that whole, unprocessed meat has cofactors in it which do the job of buffering the acid: Vitamin A & D and phosphorous (the fat contains the vitamins). Studies showing negative affects of protein use isolated or processed protein, rather than fresh meats.
Reasons for including meat in the diet:
-Most concentrated source of most bioavailable nutrients.
-Best source of iron and zinc
-Best source of B12
-Best source of creatine which is good for memory
-Best source of carnotine
-Good fats in the right ratio.
-Devoid of the many toxins and lectins that can be found in plant foods and to a lesser extent dairy.
-Best source of easily digestible protein (concentrated plant proteins like soy and beans contain protease inhibitors which impair protein digestion)
-Supplements should not be depended on for nutrition but rather used as a back up. It is best to get nutrients from food as they are in proper form and with all the needed cofactors to use them properly.
Studies done which set out to find a link between meat consumption and health problems (keep in mind here that real science sets out to disprove a hypothesis rather than prove it, which researches in the feild of nutrition fail to do-this makes for bad science, much bias, and misleading studies) ranging from obesity to cancer are always done on mixed diets (usually the standard american or wester diet) which include many other factors which are linked to health problems. These sorts of studies will never be enough to establish a causal effect of meat, especially unprocessed meat. Many times higher meat consumption is found right along with higher sugar and flour consumption-two things which are strongly implicated in many health problems. How much sense does it make to blame a tiny amount, literally one serving of meat a day, or scraps here and there in mixed ingredient foods like lasagna or pizza for all the health problems of a given population while ignorning the many other very likely factors present (such as refined flour, enormous amounts of sugar, processed vegetables oils, smoking, drinking and lack of exercise)? Casting further doubt is the fact that studies on low carb diets consistently show health improvements. But if that's not enough, consider that our species evolved eating meat, saturated fat, and cholesterol. Problems show up in populations that adopt an agricultural diet.