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Originally posted by venom79x
To me, PETA is roughly translated to People Eating Tasty Animals. mmmm....steak.
Originally posted by venom79x
One way or the other, we are equipped to eat and digest meat.
Longevity & health: There's a direct correlation between the amount of meat you eat and the amount of illness you suffer. Meat is poison to us. It's the primary reason we get heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and every other major degenerative disease. If eating meat were natural, it wouldn't make us so sick.
John A. McDougall, M.D., perhaps the most knowledgeable expert on the relationship between diet and disease, asserts that our early ancestors from at least four million years ago followed diets almost exclusively of plant foods. Many other scientists believe that early humans were largely vegetarian. (See articles by David Popovich and Derek Wall.)
The 4.8 pounds of grain fed to cattle to produce one pound of beef for human beings represents a colossal waste of resources in a world still teeming with people who suffer from profound hunger and malnutrition...
...According to the British group Vegfam, a 10-acre farm can support 60 people growing soybeans, 24 people growing wheat, 10 people growing corn and only two producing cattle. Britain—with 56 million people—could support a population of 250 million on an all-vegetable diet. Because 90 percent of U.S. and European meat eaters’ grain consumption is indirect (first being fed to animals), westerners each consume 2,000 pounds of grain a year. Most grain in underdeveloped countries is consumed directly…
Energy-intensive U.S. factory farms generated 1.4 billion tons of animal waste in 1996, which, the Environmental Protection Agency reports, pollutes American waterways more than all other industrial sources combined. Meat production has also been linked to severe erosion of billions of acres of once-productive farmland and to the destruction of rainforests…
Vegetarianism is not a new phenomenon. The ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras was vegetarian, and until the mid-19th century, people who abstained from meat were known as “Pythagoreans.” Famous followers of Pythagoras’ diet included Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, George Bernard Shaw and Albert Einstein. The word “vegetarian” was coined in 1847 to give a name to what was then a tiny movement in England.
Originally posted by Thain Esh Kelch
We need a large supply of proteins, which veggies doesnt get I believe... I could be wrong though....
Two of the most pervasive myths about vegetarian diets concern
Myth 1: It is hard to get enough protein on a vegetarian diet
Myth 2: Plant protein does not contain all essential amino acids and
you have to carefully combine plant foods in your diet in order to get
the "right" protein...
Absolutely, it’s actually difficult to become protein deficient unless you quit eating all together. Just about all unrefined foods contain significant amounts of protein. Potatoes are 11% protein, oranges 8%, beans 26%, and tofu 34%. In fact, people have been known to grow at astounding rates (doubling their body size in only six months) on a diet of only 5% protein.
These people are infants and they do it during the first 6 months of life, fueled by breast milk, which contains just 5% protein. (2)
Myth #2: A Vegetarian Diet Will Lack Vitamin B12. (a protein)
B12 deficiencies are more likely to occur as a result of inadequate absorption rather than a lack of consumption; so meat eaters may be just as susceptible to B12 deficiencies as vegetarians.
Science Daily — MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL--Fire provided the "spark" for modern human evolution, but not because it allowed our ancestors to eat meat. Rather, it was the ability to cook tuberous roots akin to carrots, potatoes and beets that caused hominids to turn a major evolutionary corner about 1.9 million years ago, according to anthropologists Richard Wrangham of Harvard University, Gregory Laden of the University of Minnesota and Harvard colleagues David Pilbeam, Jamie Jones and NancyLou Conklin-Brittain. The researchers will publish their hypothesis in an upcoming issue of Current Anthropology.
Biologists will tell you we’re really not designed to eat meat, but we adapted to it. However, in the time line of human history, eating meat is a relatively recent evolutionary development.
...fat tissues -- whether in a cow or a human -- tend to concentrate whatever pollutants are found in the mainstay diet of the animal. A cow eats literally tons of grass in its lifetime, and in doing so, it collects and concentrates low-level pollutants found in its diet. For non-organic beef, it's quite common to find trace amounts of heavy metals (mercury, cadmium), pesticides, and even PCBs. That's because, for non-organic beef, feed practices are rather horrifying. You'd be shocked to learn what's perfectly legal to feed to cows intended for human consumption.
So while conventional doctors tend to put the health risk blame on the saturated fat found in meat products, I think it has a lot more to do with the toxic substances concentrated in those fat tissues. A cow is much like a land bottom-feeder, and eating meat from a non-organic cow is a lot like eating shrimp from the bottom of the ocean.
These toxins, when consumed, are clearly and unquestionably linked to cancers as well as nervous system disorders that can accelerate Alzheimer's disease and dementia. They also stress the liver and impair immune system function. The human body should never be exposed to mercury, PCBs or the rocket fuel chemicals that are now almost universally found in cows' milk products across the country (in a 2005 Texas Tech University study, perchlorate was detected in 46 of 47 store-bought samples of cows' milk across 11 states).
The second (and more important) reason processed meats are so strongly correlated with cancer is, I believe, the continued use of a cancer-promoting additive called sodium nitrite.
This ingredient, which sounds harmless, is actually highly carcinogenic once it enters the human digestive system. There, it forms a variety of nitrosamine compounds that enter the bloodstream and wreak havoc with a number of internal organs: the liver and pancreas in particular. Sodium nitrite is widely regarded as a toxic ingredient, and the USDA actually tried to ban this additive in the 1970's but was vetoed by food manufacturers who complained they had no alternative for preserving packaged meat products.
You can find sodium nitrite in nearly every packaged meat product imaginable. It's listed right on the label of products like bacon, breakfast sausage, beef jerky, pepperoni, sandwich meat, ham, hot dogs, and even the meats found in canned soups. If you and I walked into any grocery store in America, I could show you hundreds of products that contain this ingredient right now. And I believe this sodium nitrite is the primary cause of pancreatic cancer in humans who consume even moderate quantities of processed meats.
Originally posted by parry noid
I have eaten meat for over 20 years and haven't ever stopped to think about the animal that was slaughtered to make the steak, hamburger, pork chops, bacon, chicken wings, all white meat chicken breasts, or even the turkey I give thanks for.
I just think, I have to eat, these things not only taste good but fill me up good, and I love the grease that oozes out of a nice perfectly barbecued burger!
I just appreciate the fact that these animals gave their lives to taste good and end up as poop floating in a sewage system somewhere to join the environment as different matter.
I really don't think these animals thought they'd end up on my plate,
nor did I think I'd be eating a nice thick cut of butterfly pork chops last night.
But if we all spend all of our time thinking about those things then when will we have the time to think about more important things?
Do you think about what is going to happen to your corpse upon the aftermath of your death?
Life is too short to worry about whether to have the all veggie diet or the meat eaters combo.
Take this scenario for example, two different people, one vegan, the other hefty Meat eater, both lived their lives accordingly. One day whilst walking across the street, the vegan is struck by a city bus being driven by the Hefty man whilst sucking down a triple patty hamburger. The meat eater is fine, but the vegan is now dead.... after caring his whole life about saving animals he losses his life to the cause he was out to save. Is that irony or what?
Originally posted by Johnmike
As a side note, I notice that I get a slight headache shortly after eating a hamburger. Could it be the fat content, or something else?
Originally posted by thehumbleone
Have you noticed that most vegetarians look like scrawny weaklings?
Meat is good for you, it helps build muscle to make you strong.