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  • zbacku 2012/03/16 20:58:40
    Yes, red meat is part of a balanced diet.
    zbacku
    +5
    If you mean, is the government's agenda of telling Americans what they can or cannot eat, then YES.

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  • JerryLA 2012/03/30 00:34:54
    No, there are healthier sources of protein.
    JerryLA
    Eat what you want to, just get your facts straight and then do what you want. Smokers know they have worse health and do it anyway. Theres a proven very high correlation between red meat and particularly processed meat and colon cancer. Your choice. Do note all the anti oxidant and anti cancer foods are plant foods.
  • Harry 2012/03/17 15:55:37
    Yes, red meat is part of a balanced diet.
    Harry
    It seems to me, the anti-red meat campaign is part of a doomed quasi-religious effort to prolong a person's earthly life forever.
  • Someone Else 2012/03/17 15:19:46
    Yes, red meat is part of a balanced diet.
    Someone Else
    And it leaves more for the rest of us
  • JanHopkins 2012/03/17 07:31:39
    Yes, red meat is part of a balanced diet.
    JanHopkins
    Someone needs to explain to my 85 year old mother that she is in serious danger of dying young from eating red meat.
  • Alvin 2012/03/17 00:13:28
    Yes, red meat is part of a balanced diet.
    Alvin
    I'd rather eat meat and die young than eat tofu and life forever.
  • 4dc 2012/03/16 23:51:24
    Yes, red meat is part of a balanced diet.
    4dc
    keep up the war on it and hopefully it'll get cheaper so i can afford more
  • George-2 2012/03/16 23:11:28
    Yes, red meat is part of a balanced diet.
    George-2
    But then, if one eats too much meat it's not going to be a "balanced diet". Meat is definitely a good source of nutrients.
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/03/16 22:44:37
    Yes, red meat is part of a balanced diet.
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +1
    And stupid, we are carnivores - we need the proteins to survive.
  • JerryLA Jackie ... 2012/03/30 00:44:27
    JerryLA
    +2
    If we were carnivores we'd have teeth like one, example dogs and lions and ... By the way, gorilla's, with 98% of our DNA. eat green leaves, fruit, bamboo shoots, and are by far stronger than any animal food eating human.
  • Jackie ... JerryLA 2012/03/30 00:46:17
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Stop eating all protein and your body will consume itself - We are carnivores
  • Anna 2012/03/16 22:27:26
    No, there are healthier sources of protein.
    Anna
    Both, and depends on what you mean by 'healthier.' Whey is fine if made right. Krill might become our next, because of astaxanthin, but red meat might have some amino acids nothing else has.
  • Hula girl - Friends not Fol... 2012/03/16 22:26:59
    Yes, red meat is part of a balanced diet.
    Hula girl - Friends not Followers
    +1
    Who listens to that Propaganda anyway? If you do then you are just part of the sheeple.

    I don't listen to what I can or can not eat. I will decide as part of my individual rights.
  • dave b 2012/03/16 21:49:39
    Yes, red meat is part of a balanced diet.
    dave b
    +1
    But what else can we expect from an agenda driven 'media' backed by a Nanny Government?

    I've got a couple of nice Porterhouse steaks in the fridge waiting to go over the coals in a little while....yummmmm.
  • brandi lynn 2012/03/16 21:33:28
    No, there are healthier sources of protein.
    brandi lynn
    huh, wtf?
  • lucythetooth 2012/03/16 21:28:45
    Yes, red meat is part of a balanced diet.
    lucythetooth
    +2
    I don't know about the whole 'balanced diet' bit, but it's damn tasty.

    zzz
  • kmay 2012/03/16 21:16:12 (edited)
    Yes, red meat is part of a balanced diet.
    kmay
    +1
    We need to get rid of faux foods, GMO's and processed beef from animals fed with chemicals and antibiotic feed!

    Grass fed beef, poultry and dairy is excellent for you!

    You can do something right now!

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  • none 2012/03/16 21:14:21
    Yes, red meat is part of a balanced diet.
    none
    +2
    I'll eat what I please like I always have, everything in moderation.
  • Herb 2012/03/16 21:05:20
    Yes, red meat is part of a balanced diet.
    Herb
    love my meat lol


    LONG-TERM BAD EFFECTS OF VEGETARIAN DIETS

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    MEAT EATERS LIVE JUST AS LONG AS VEGETARIANS; POSSIBLY LONGER THAN VEGANS ? ... ( NO DIFFERENCE IN HEART DISEASE, STROKE, CANCER) VEGETARIANS HAVE ... HEIDELBERG STUDY: VEGANS LOWEST LIFE SPAN, THEN VEGETARIANS AND MEAT EATERS LIVE LONGEST. ... ADVENTISTS: HIP FRACTURE DATA SHOWING TWICE THE HIP FRACTURE RATE.
    Whichever diet you have, if it is unbalanced, you are at risk of not consuming a sufficient amount of nutrients that your body needs to maintain proper health. An unbalanced vegetarian diet may be at risk for certain conditions. However, this is not to discourage you from being a vegetarian, because all of the potential bad effects are preventable. The American Dietetic Association strongly recommends a well-planned vegetarian diet for preventing diseases and optimal, overall health.
    Iron Deficiency Anemia
    Iron deficiency anemia is a common condition and results in a low amount of red blood cells in your blood. According to the MayoClinic.com, red blood cells provide oxygen to your body's tissues, which makes you energetic and your skin looks like its natural color. Some symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, pale skin, brittle nails, tongue inflammation, c...
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    love my meat lol


    LONG-TERM BAD EFFECTS OF VEGETARIAN DIETS

    WWW.GIVEITTOMERAW.COM/FORUM/T...
    MEAT EATERS LIVE JUST AS LONG AS VEGETARIANS; POSSIBLY LONGER THAN VEGANS ? ... ( NO DIFFERENCE IN HEART DISEASE, STROKE, CANCER) VEGETARIANS HAVE ... HEIDELBERG STUDY: VEGANS LOWEST LIFE SPAN, THEN VEGETARIANS AND MEAT EATERS LIVE LONGEST. ... ADVENTISTS: HIP FRACTURE DATA SHOWING TWICE THE HIP FRACTURE RATE.
    Whichever diet you have, if it is unbalanced, you are at risk of not consuming a sufficient amount of nutrients that your body needs to maintain proper health. An unbalanced vegetarian diet may be at risk for certain conditions. However, this is not to discourage you from being a vegetarian, because all of the potential bad effects are preventable. The American Dietetic Association strongly recommends a well-planned vegetarian diet for preventing diseases and optimal, overall health.
    Iron Deficiency Anemia
    Iron deficiency anemia is a common condition and results in a low amount of red blood cells in your blood. According to the MayoClinic.com, red blood cells provide oxygen to your body's tissues, which makes you energetic and your skin looks like its natural color. Some symptoms include fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, pale skin, brittle nails, tongue inflammation, cravings to eat dirt, starch or ice, irregular heartbeat and tingling legs. Dr. J.D. Decuypere, a chiropractic physician focusing on natural medicine, states that vegetarians should eat twice the amount of iron to compensate for not gaining it from meat, which equates to 30 mg for teenage and pre-menopausal females and 20 mg for males. In addition, dairy blocks the absorption of iron from 30 to 50 percent. You don't have to worry about iron deficiency anemia if you eat iron-rich meals without dairy and eat meals containing dairy a few hours apart from your meals with iron. If you do get an iron deficiency, you can eat cooked spinach for a quick dose of iron as it contains 15 mg of iron per 100 calories. It is important to periodically monitor the nutrients in your body by having a metabolic blood test.
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    Vitamin B-12 Deficiency Anemia
    This type of anemia is rare, but more likely in vegetarians. It is caused from a severe lack of vitamin B12, which is found in meat, eggs and milk. If you are a lacto-ovo vegetarian, you eat eggs and dairy, so you have a less likely chance of a vitamin B12 deficiency. If you are a vegan and do not eat eggs and dairy, you should consume vitamin B12 through fortified non-dairy milk, nutritional yeast, breakfast cereal or a "whole food" vitamin. Vitamin B12 anemia limits the production of red blood cells. Symptoms include sore tongue and mouth, pale or yellowish skin, diarrhea, weight loss, tingling hands and feet, muscle weakness and confusion or forgetfulness. MayoClinic.com states that you can usually correct this anemia with vitamin B12 supplements and incorporating more into your diet. According to the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, the recommended amount of vitamin B12 is 2.4 micrograms per day for adults.
    Zinc Deficiency
    Zinc is found in meat and non-meat sources, so a deficiency is preventable if you are a vegetarian. As noted by Dr. Decuypere, vegetarians need to consume twice as much zinc as non-vegetarians. Vegetarian sources of zinc are peas, nuts, beans and whole grains. Dr. Decuypere suggests a daily zinc intake of 24 mg if you are female and 30 mg if you are male. Only take zinc supplements under a health-care professional's recommendation. A long-term zinc deficiency could cause poor night vision, a reduction in your taste and smell functions, a decrease in immunity to infections, candida, slowed wound-healing and a poorly developed reproductive organs in babies and children.
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    References
    • American Dietetic Association: Vegetarian Diets
    • Mayoclinic.com: Iron Deficiency Anemia
    • Dr. Decuypere: Minerals Chart
    • MayoClinic.com: Vitamin Deficiency Anemia
    • Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine: Don't Vegetarians Have Trouble Getting Enough Vitamin B12?


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    Disadvantages of Being a Vegetarian
    1) Decreased protein - meat provides us with adequate store of protein which our body needs to use for activities related to the repair, growth and maintenance of cells in our body. Protein gives us energy and helps our body fight against infections. There are other foods that give us protein such as eggs, milk, spinach, soybean, fish, whole grains, rice, beans, corn, oats, nuts, peas and peanut butter.
    2) Lack of food choices – some restaurants and grocery stores still do not offer a wide selection of vegetarian entrees to choose from. Also, when someone who is a vegetarian goes out to eat over at a friends house, there are not always vegetarian options available.
    3) Difficulty when with a crowd – it’s just easier to fix a meal for everyone then to fix two different alternatives. One meal for everyone else in your family who eats meat and then another meatless meal just for you.
    4) Decreased creatinine – creatinine, which comes from meat, helps our body build muscle mass, an essential function for every movement we make.
    5) Decreased vitamins and minerals – strict vegans who do not partake in the use of any animal products of any kind, have to be more conscious of getting vitamins B12 vitamin, Iron and Calcium. Fortunately, these deficits can be made up for and supplements can be taken.
    Whether you are a vegetarian for religious, health or moral reasons or if you are considering becoming a vegetarian, look at the list of disadvantages of becoming a vegetarian and think of ways to combat or anticipate each one. Also, people with a need for a larger body mass such as weight lifters may need to rethink their desire for a vegetarian diet as supplements may not give you adequate protein stores needed.
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    Unexpected Findings
    Vegetarians suffer fewer heart attacks than meat eaters.24-37 Interestingly, this benefit dissipates as vegetarians age. For instance, one study showed that vegetarians under the age of 65 were 45% less like to suffer a heart attack than were meat eaters. Once vegetarians reached the age of 80, however, their heart attack risk was only 8% lower than that of meat eaters.38

    Longevity studies of vegetarians produce conflicting data. Some studies do not show that vegetarians live significantly longer.25,29 Two studies of people who consumed very little meat showed an average life-span increase of 3.6 years.39 A huge study of Seventh Day Adventists who ate little or no meat showed longevity increases of 7.28 years in men and 4.42 years in women.40 These data are confounded by the fact that Seventh Day Adventists follow healthy lifestyles free of tobacco and alcohol.
    Studies suggest that the longevity benefits conferred by a vegetarian diet dissipate as humans enter their ninth decade.39 This implies that while vegetarian diets reduce disease risk, restricting one’s diet to only plant foods does not completely protect against the effects of aging.
    What’s Missing in Vegetarian Diets?
    Vegetarians are often deficient in vitamin B12, and those who avoid meat have long been advised to supplement with B12. While vegetarians are slightly more likely to suffer anemia than are meat eaters, this does not by itself explain why they do not enjoy greater longevity in their later years.
    A fascinating paper recently published in the journal Mechanisms of Aging and Development presents an entirely new theory to explain why vegetarians do not live longer.41 It turns out that those who avoid eating beef suffer a deficiency of a nutrient (carnosine) that is critical to preventing lethal glycation reactions in the body.
    For the benefit of new members, glycation can be defined as the toxic binding of glucose to the body’s proteins. Glycation alters the body’s proteins and renders them non-functional. While wrinkled skin is the first outward appearance of glycation, most degenerative diseases are affected in one way or another by pathological glycation reactions.
    Diabetics suffer from accelerated glycation that contributes to the secondary diseases that result in premature death.42,43 For instance, glycation’s destructive effect on the arterial system results in a loss of elasticity, hypertension, and atherosclerosis.44-47 Glycation is involved in disorders as diverse as cataract, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.48-57
    Unless aggressive steps are taken, many aging adults will suffer the devastating effects of glycation to proteins throughout their bodies. This fact was established recently when it was shown that even healthy people with slightly elevated glycation levels are at higher risk for heart attack.
    Vegetarians have higher levels of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in their blood compared to those who eat meat.58,59 This is because an exclusively vegetarian diet would lack carnosine, nature’s most potent anti-glycating agent.
    For vegetarians who fastidiously adhere to a diet devoid of meat, their “Achilles’ heel” may be lack of carnosine. This was confirmed in a paper published in October 2005 titled, “Glycation, ageing and carnosine: Are carnivorous diets beneficial?”41
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  • Drifter 2012/03/16 21:03:54
    Yes, red meat is part of a balanced diet.
    Drifter
    +1
    I'm gonna eat my steaks medium rare and my hamburgers well done. I'm gonna eat my red meat everyday.
  • Demonic Rat Hunter 2012/03/16 21:02:12
    Yes, red meat is part of a balanced diet.
    Demonic Rat Hunter
    +3
    And Screw the Government and any vegetarian/vegan that think they can tell me what to eat.
  • zbacku 2012/03/16 20:58:40
    Yes, red meat is part of a balanced diet.
    zbacku
    +5
    If you mean, is the government's agenda of telling Americans what they can or cannot eat, then YES.
  • JerryLA zbacku 2012/03/30 00:42:57
    JerryLA
    +2
    Hey, it's worldwide statistics - we're 40th on longevity. Areas that eat plant foods range up to 100 healthy and hale no dementia. Read "Healthy at 100" by John Robbins. Your choice of what to eat.
  • EliteAmongOutcasts 2012/03/16 20:54:54

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