Sustainable Gastronomy Day

In defence of meat

Vegetarianism is often promoted as a healthy way of living, with people believing that is both healthier and more eco-friendly to do away with meat. However, meat is an essential ingredient in our diet.

Meat plays an important role in compensating and restoring damaged cells and improving digestive, blood and brain functions in the body. It is full of proteins and vitamins necessary for the human body, including Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Vitamin B. It is also a source of essential minerals such as zinc, iron, selenium, and magnesium, which are all nutrients that contribute to maintaining different health and functions of the human body. 

Meat enhances the body immunity because it possesses antioxidant properties and has a role in creating and forming antibodies to fight and resist free radicals that cause many chronic health problems and diseases. According to a study published in 2012 in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, eating enough protein in meat can help increase muscle strength and mass, since meat is a wonderful food to help strengthen muscles, in the absence of adequate protein in stores. The body will begin to break down if the muscles can’t obtain the protein needed for vital and other processes, which will lead to a gradual loss of muscle strength. 

Chicken meat, in particular, is one of the best and most important sources of nutrition for the body. Chicken meat is low-fat and high-protein. It also contributes to lowering blood. A preliminary study of mice published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2008 indicated that collagen extracted from chicken legs, which was analyzed through a group of angiotensin-converting enzymes and enzymes, reduced blood pressure within a few hours of consumption. 

Additionally, chicken meat has the potential to reduce the risk of degenerative disease. A review article published in the Journal of Food and Nutrition Research in 2015 indicated that consumption of chicken meat as part of a diet rich in vegetables is linked to a reduced risk of developing degenerative diseases such as diabetes.A moderate intake could also reduce the risk of cancer. Chicken meat contains some mineral salts, including phosphorus, which is important in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Besides vitamin D, phosphorus plays an important role in building strong bones and teeth and therefore must be eaten. 

German nutrition expert Zielcke Restmayer said that eating meat has many benefits for health, but it is not without risks in the event of excessive consumption. Eating meat is not dangerous; on the contrary, it is beneficial to our health. Nevertheless,  Restmayer advises eating meat at a rate ranging between 300 and 600 grams per week at most, taking into account the selection of low-fat items and preparing them in a healthy way such as barbecue and steaming or in the oven. 

It is important that we eat meat in our lives, even if it is one dish per week, to maintain our health. While steps could be taken to improve the way meat is farmed and produced, cutting it out from diets completely could create more problems than it would solve.

Vegetarianism is often promoted as a healthy way of living, with people believing that is both healthier and more eco-friendly to do away with meat. However, meat is an essential ingredient in our diet.

Meat plays an important role in compensating and restoring damaged cells and improving digestive, blood and brain functions in the body. It is full of proteins and vitamins necessary for the human body, including Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Vitamin B. It is also a source of essential minerals such as zinc, iron, selenium, and magnesium, which are all nutrients that contribute to maintaining different health and functions of the human body. 

Meat enhances the body immunity because it possesses antioxidant properties and has a role in creating and forming antibodies to fight and resist free radicals that cause many chronic health problems and diseases. According to a study published in 2012 in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, eating enough protein in meat can help increase muscle strength and mass, since meat is a wonderful food to help strengthen muscles, in the absence of adequate protein in stores. The body will begin to break down if the muscles can’t obtain the protein needed for vital and other processes, which will lead to a gradual loss of muscle strength. 

Chicken meat, in particular, is one of the best and most important sources of nutrition for the body. Chicken meat is low-fat and high-protein. It also contributes to lowering blood. A preliminary study of mice published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2008 indicated that collagen extracted from chicken legs, which was analyzed through a group of angiotensin-converting enzymes and enzymes, reduced blood pressure within a few hours of consumption. 

Additionally, chicken meat has the potential to reduce the risk of degenerative disease. A review article published in the Journal of Food and Nutrition Research in 2015 indicated that consumption of chicken meat as part of a diet rich in vegetables is linked to a reduced risk of developing degenerative diseases such as diabetes.A moderate intake could also reduce the risk of cancer. Chicken meat contains some mineral salts, including phosphorus, which is important in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Besides vitamin D, phosphorus plays an important role in building strong bones and teeth and therefore must be eaten. 

German nutrition expert Zielcke Restmayer said that eating meat has many benefits for health, but it is not without risks in the event of excessive consumption. Eating meat is not dangerous; on the contrary, it is beneficial to our health. Nevertheless,  Restmayer advises eating meat at a rate ranging between 300 and 600 grams per week at most, taking into account the selection of low-fat items and preparing them in a healthy way such as barbecue and steaming or in the oven. 

It is important that we eat meat in our lives, even if it is one dish per week, to maintain our health. While steps could be taken to improve the way meat is farmed and produced, cutting it out from diets completely could create more problems than it would solve.

Article by Sarah Hamid

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