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5 Worst Excuses People Make for Still Eating Meat

5 Worst Excuses People Make for Still Eating Meat

If we look in the history books, it makes perfect sense why humans needed to kill animals for food to survive. Without transportation methods and phone lines and the Internet, humans hunted and gathered, being limited in their food choices. However, the world has come a long way. Foods that are native to certain countries can be shipped around the globe. Humans have created simpler solutions to eating, and the question isn’t “how will I eat?” but “what will I eat?” Plus, if you think about it, humans really aren’t suited to eat meat. We lack those animalistic instincts to hunt and kill with our bare hands. As Dr. Richard Leakey, a renowned anthropologist, said, “You can’t tear flesh by hand, you can’t tear hide by hand. Our anterior teeth are not suited for tearing flesh or hide. We don’t have large canine teeth, and we wouldn’t have been able to deal with food sources that require those large canines.” There, see?  So stop making these 5 excuses!

1. Meat is too delicious to give up

Vegan-only restaurants have popped up and caught on fire, trending in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, and other U.S. cities. Don’t think vegan food tastes good? Go take a took at some vegan menus and you’ll see mouth-watering creations that are fresh, healthy, delicious, and extremely satisfying. Come to Manhattan during lunchtime and ask that huge line of people snaking down the sidewalk why they’re willing to stand around for 20 minutes to get organic, vegan noms from the Cinnamon Snail food truck. Are they there because meat tastes too good? Quite the contrary. Try something new. The meal possibilities are endless with plant-based foods, and there are a lot more vegan chefs, recipes, cookbooks, and grocery items now than there were ten years ago.

2. I’m an athlete and need meat for strength

Of course athletes need strength, but who said meat is the only thing we can eat to bulk up? Clearly, the people who make this excuse have never heard of the great vegan athletes who push their body to the limit on plants. Scott Jurek is a fantastic ultramarathoner who is a proud vegetarian. The Washington Times named him one of the top runners of the decade. Ultrarunning Magazine named him Ultra-Runner of the Year — not once, but three times. As stated on his website, “In 2010, he set a new US all-surface record in the 24-Hour Run with 165.7 miles—6.5 marathons in one day—for which he was named USA Today’s Athlete of the Week.” The proof is in the peas; Jurek doesn’t need meat to set marathon records.

3. I would be unhealthy if I stopped eating meat

Yeah, if you decided to gorge on nothing but vegan cookies, chips, and processed foods, then sure, you’d be super unhealthy. Just remember our friend Jurek, who probably couldn’t run so fast and well if his vegan diet was unhealthy. The fact is that eating meat can put you at a higher risk for heart disease and high cholesterol levels. According to the Mayo Clinic, “a  National Cancer Institute study of 500,000 people found that those who ate 4 ounces (113 grams) of red meat or more daily were 30 percent more likely to have died of any cause during a 10-year period than were those who consumed less. Sausage, luncheon meats and other processed meats also increased the risk.” Switching out that steak for tofu is definitely healthy.

4. I’m too lazy to care why I shouldn’t eat it

Ignorance isn’t bliss when that ignorance affects the rest of the planet. There are some people who open a package of processed hot dogs and state that they simply don’t care what’s in it. These are the people who never look at ingredients labels and could care less about how their actions affect the rest of us. Despite all the evidence and truth about animal cruelty in the meat industry, they don’t want to learn why they should give it up. They live by the “ignorance is bliss” mentality. However,  living in the dark is dangerous in a modern society, so wake up and smell the cruelty and fat in that bacon.

5. I am an ethical meat eater

What’s with all this marketing jargon about free-range, cruelty-free, cage-free, grass-fed, and so on? How can any practice be cruelty-free when the end result is killing the animal for food?  Plus, those labels can be misleading and are tricks to make meat-eaters more at peace with the fact that they’re stuffing dead carcass in their face. A marketing label does not necessarily match up with the practices and actions of making that food. A chicken and egg packing plant that labels itself as “cage free” only means that the animals aren’t kept in cages. It does not ensure their welfare and it does not mean they’re clucking happily on lush, green farmland. Sorry to break it to you, but your meat probably did not come from a little old farmer with overalls and a tractor.

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111 comments on “5 Worst Excuses People Make for Still Eating Meat”

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Joy
1 Years Ago

Alexandra... You typed this sentence under reason number 4: These are the people who never look at ingredients labels and could care less about how their actions affect the rest of us, You need to change the word COULD to COULDN\'T. It\'s just the opposite of what you mean if you leave it as could. You have great reasons! Thanks for spreading the word about the importance of leaving animals out of our diet.


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impatientmiss
3 Years Ago

Why are you so Angry Paul. Go to another site and rant and rave about eating meat. Vegetarians and Vegans don't really care what you think


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Thomas H. Conrad
3 Years Ago

Vegans are morons


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Steph
01 Sep 2014

Wow! What an incredibly brilliant statement, Mr. Conrad. Tell me, genius, how many hours of sleep did it cost you to come up with that?

Matho Paul
3 Years Ago

Indian scientist Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose began to conduct experiments on plants in the year 1900. He found that every plant and every part of a plant appeared to have a sensitive nervous system and responded to shock by a spasm just as an animal muscle does. In addition Bose found that plants grew more quickly amidst pleasant music and more slowly amidst loud noise or harsh sounds. He also claimed that plants can "feel pain, understand affection etc.," from the analysis of the nature of variation of the cell membrane potential of plants under different circumstances. According to him, a plant treated with care and affection gives out a different vibration compared to a plant subjected to torture.


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Matho Paul
3 Years Ago

DALLAS--Research scientists at Baylor Medical Center have proven that plants, including vegetables, feel pain when subjected to trauma such as being yanked out of the ground, peeled, cooked, and eaten. "Veggies and plants initiate a massive hormone and chemical barrage internally when they suffer any kind of injury," says professor Barry Lindzer. "This response is akin to the nerve response and endorphin release when an animal is injured. We cannot ignore the similarities."


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nyla
17 Aug 2014

Matho Paul, Plants have no central nervous systems. Get a clue!

nyla
17 Aug 2014

Matho Paul,

Plants do NOT have CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEMS. Please educate yourself!

nyla
17 Aug 2014

Also, River water is hight in Vitamin B12 --Two pints equals the entire daily allowance of B12.

nyla
17 Aug 2014

Killing for palate pleasure exists nowhere in the natural food web. Humans are not obliged omnivores; bears are. Instead of copying and pasting antiquated articles funded by the meat, dairy, and egg industries, try turning your head towards nutritional science and anthropology instead. Get enlightened. Humans did not evolve to maintain an omnivorous "lifestyle". Our hunter gatherer ancestor\'s meat intake averaged out at approximately once a month. Please feel free to research any anthropological studies on the subject matter. They (hunter gatherers) resorted to hunting only as a last, survivalist, resort when the primary food source was threatened—during times of drought, migration, and extreme cold. Killing for palate pleasure does not exist anywhere on the food chain/web—that special perversion/gluttony belongs to humans, and humans alone. Natural omnivores kill with their mouths, just as obliged carnivores do. Technology can put a pig on an airplane, and argue that pigs evolved to fly, i.e., technology cannot change an animal\'s biology, human or non-human. We have the teeth of Frugivores—not omnivores, and certainly not that of obliged carnivores. If you want excuses to kill for pleasure, you\'ll find them everywhere; if you want the facts, all you have to do is look to anthropologists, and nutritional scientists as well. :)

Henry
02 Sep 2014

Matho Paul, that is actually excuse number 6. "Plants feel pain too...".

Matho Paul
3 Years Ago

A number of studies have shown that plants feel pain, and vegetables are picked and often eaten while still alive. Animal rights activists are often in the news, but has anyone ever protested for vegetable rights? Phil Cohen, Sydney, Australia


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Deyan C
08 May 2015

We should. Over 70% of our crops go to feeding slaughter animals. 1lb of red meat uses up over 11lbs of plants and over 20,000lbs of water. Thats alot of waste and plant killing not to mention other things.

Matho Paul
3 Years Ago

Fucken hypocrites. Aren't plants a living thing? Don't they grow? It's been proven that plants can feel. Again........fucken hypocrites.


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Anna
01 Sep 2014

A) "As far as I know no reputable study has ever shown that plants can "feel pain". They lack the nervous system and brain necessary for this to happen. A plant can respond to stimuli, for example by turning towards the light or closing over a fly, but that is not the same thing."

B) If you truly care about the welfare of plants and vegetables and insist it is cruel to "kill" them do you mind specifying what exactly your diet consists of?

C) It\'s fucking, not fucken.

Steph
01 Sep 2014

Sign off and shut up. Whatever neighbourhood you reside in, you\'re lowering the IQ of the entire street. Plants do not have a central nervous system. They do not bleed. They do not cower when faced with death. They do not scream. They do not struggle. And they do not feel pain. This is nothing more than your own non-vegan attempt to claim us vegans are no better than the one butchering cattle. As a vegan, I personally would sooner starve myself to death before ending the life of another being. I have no right to kill for my dinner and neither do you or anyone else.

Henry
02 Sep 2014

You need to look in the mirror to see a real "Fucken" hypocrite. You\'re trying to equate eating plants to the mass killing of animals just to make you feel better about yourself. It\'s not working. There\'s no comparison.

Matho Paul
3 Years Ago


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Matho Paul
3 Years Ago

These are all facts. I could copy and paste till the cows come home.


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Matho Paul
3 Years Ago

7 Evidence-Based Health Reasons to Eat Meat October 8, 2013 | by Kris Gunnars | 8,877 views | 55 Comments In the past few decades, meat has been blamed for all sorts of Western diseases. But we’ve been eating meat for a long time and blaming new health problems on old foods doesn’t make much sense. The truth is… unprocessed, naturally fed meat is extremely healthy. Here are 7 evidence-based health reasons to eat meat (and be proud of it). 1. We Have Been Designed by Evolution to Eat Meat and Other Animal Foods Throughout evolution, humans and pre-humans have been eating meat (1, 2). Our digestive systems are well equipped to make full use of the healthy fats, proteins and nutrients found in animal foods. The truth is that humans are omnivores, despite what some vegan proponents would have you believe. We function best eating BOTH animals and plants (3). Humans have much shorter digestive systems than herbivores and don’t have the specialized organs to digest cellulose, the main fiber in plants. Humans also have canines, with big brains, opposing thumbs and the ability to make tools to hunt. Meat was one of the reasons humans were able to evolve such large, elaborate brains. Some of the earliest evidence shows that our pre-human ancestors were eating meat as early as 1.5 million years ago (4). Bottom Line: Humans and pre-humans have been designed by evolution to consume and make full use of the important nutrients found in animal foods. 2. Meat is Incredibly Nutritious High quality, unprocessed meat is among the most nutritious foods in the world. A 100 gram portion (3.5 ounces) of raw ground beef contains large amounts of Vitamin B12, B3 (Niacin), B6, Iron, Zinc, Selenium and plenty of other vitamins and minerals (5). Vitamin B12 is particularly important because it can not be gotten in ANY amount from plants. Studies show that out of vegans who don’t supplement with B12, 92% are deficient in this critical nutrient (6). Unprocessed meat is also loaded with healthy fats, but meat from grass-fed animals contains up to 5 times as much Omega-3 as meat from grain-fed animals (7, 8, 9). But the nutrient composition of meat goes way beyond all the macro- and micronutrients that we are all familiar with. There is also a plethora of important lesser-known nutrients in meat, that can not be gotten from plants. These nutrients are crucial for optimal function of the body: Creatine forms an energy reserve in the muscles and brain and is found only in animal foods. Vegetarians are deficient in creatine, leading to reduced physical and mental performance (10, 11, 12, 13). Carnosine functions as a powerful anti-oxidant and provides protection against many degenerative processes. Carnosine is only found in animal foods (14, 15, 16, 17). DHA and EPA are the active forms of Omega-3 in the human body and found primarily in animal foods. The body is inefficient at converting ALA (the plant form of Omega-3) to the active forms (18, 19, 20). This is really just the tip of the iceberg. There is an immense amount of important trace nutrients in both plants and animals, some of which science has yet to uncover. Bottom Line: Meat is highly nutritious and there are many nutrients in there that can not be gotten in any amount from plants. 3. Meat Doesn’t Raise Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease or Diabetes There are many claims about meat being able to contribute to serious diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The main reason for these claims is that meat is high in saturated fat. However, this myth has actually been debunked quite thoroughly in recent years. Studies now show that saturated fat in the diet doesn’t raise the “bad” cholesterol in the blood and is not in any way associated with heart disease (21, 22). In a massive study from Harvard that looked at data from 20 studies with a total of 1,218,380 individuals, they found no association between unprocessed red meat, cardiovascular disease and diabetes (23). The EPIC study from Europe didn’t find any association either and this study included almost 450 thousand people (24). However, both of these studies found a significantly increased risk for processed meat. If you want to avoid chronic disease, then it makes sense to avoid processed meat as much as possible. But unprocessed red meat is perfectly healthy. Bottom Line: There is no evidence that unprocessed meat contributes to cardiovascular disease or diabetes. 4. Meat Contains High Quality Protein, Which is Crucial For The Function of Muscles and Bones Proteins are like long strings of amino acids that are linked together and folded into complex shapes. There are about 9 amino acids that we can not produce and must get from the diet. In this regard, animal proteins are excellent… they contain all the amino acids that we need, while most plant proteins have a suboptimal amino acid profile (25). Not surprisingly, consumption of animal protein is associated with increased muscle mass and people who eat an omnivorous diet have more muscle than people eating a vegetarian diet (26, 27). Studies also show that vegetarians have much lower testosterone levels than their meat-eating counterparts. Low testosterone is associated with reduced strength, less muscle mass, more fat gain, depression and reduced self-esteem (28, 29). Another thing that protein is important for is bone health. The studies show that consumption of protein, especially animal protein, is associated with increased bone density in old age and a lower risk of fractures (30, 31, 32, 33). If you want to gain (or maintain) muscle, as well as prevent osteoporosis and fractures in old age, then animal protein should be a regular part of your diet. Bottom Line: Consumption of animal protein leads to increased muscle mass and bone density. Vegetarians have lower testosterone and less muscle mass than their meat-eating counterparts. 5. There is Only a Very Weak Correlation With Cancer, Which May be Due to Overcooking, NOT the Meat Itself There are some studies showing a link between red meat consumption and cancer (34). However, all of these studies are so-called observational studies, which tend to be unreliable. These studies often make the mistake of pooling together processed and unprocessed meats, which is unacceptable because the two have vastly different effects. While it is true that processed meat strongly correlates with increased cancer risk, the same is NOT true for unprocessed red meat. In so-called meta-analyses, which are studies that analyze the data from many studies at the same time, the link between red meat and cancer is found to be very weak (35). These studies only find a very small increase in risk for men, and zero increase for women (36). That being said, it is possible that the way meat is cooked can have an effect, because carcinogens can form when meat is cooked excessively (37). For this reason, it is important to use gentler cooking methods and cut away all burnt or charred pieces. Bottom Line: The association between unprocessed red meat and cancer has been vastly exaggerated, but overcooking meat may have adverse effects. 6. There Are No Proven Health Benefits to Avoiding Meat Despite all the propaganda, there is no actual evidence that avoiding meat leads to health benefits.


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