The Tug of War Over Meat: “Over 700 Pounds of Beef and Pork Recalled Due to Possible Blood Contamination”

The above news article posted by AFC BULL MARKET TEST KITCHEN reminded me that animal meat consumption is not only harmful to animals (!) and the environment, it is also very harmful to human health.

But there is currently a Tug of War going on between animal meat proponents and Physicians and nutritionists who say that consuming animal meat is toxic and unhealthy. Much of this disagreement centers on the “How Much Undigested Red Meat Sits in the Colon?” question which started making the rounds about 20 years ago. Since then many “experts” have come forward to ‘debunk’ what they say are false statements about the undigestibility of animal meat.

Back in the 1990’s a statement was made that up to 10 pounds of undigested meat can stay in the colon (for life). Current meat proponents dispute this statement saying that only a few pounds of meat can be stored in the colon and that studies have proven this storage to be harmless. Big Agriculture, of course is cutting the checks and supplying the “studies” in most all of these cases.

It may be true that the human colon can store only a few pounds of undigested meat but it is certainly not true that this isn’t toxic and harmful to human health. Following is a quote from a recent article in NutritionFacts.org: What Animal Protein can do to Your Colon” by Dr. Michael Greger:

” It’s been estimated that with a typical Western diet, up to 12 grams of [meat] protein can escape digestion, and when it reaches the colon, it can be turned into toxic substances like ammonia. This degradation of undigested protein in the colon is called putrefaction; so, a little meat can actually end up putrefying in our colon. The problem is that some of the by-products of this putrefaction process can be toxic.”

Dr. Greger then makes the argument that because of the need for something called “resistant starches” (and high protein) that it is far better to eat ” beans, split peas, chickpeas, lentils, raw oatmeal” and even cold pasta salads. (Only these plant based sources can provide the healthful “resistant starches.”)

Wow! ” Beans, Split Peas, Chickpeas, Lentils, Raw Oatmeal” and even cold pasta salads…! That sounds like a wonderful taste and nutrition adventure as opposed to the dismal and literal dead end of meat. It is only a wonder to me that anyone needs any more proof than that plants and plant based foods are the only way to go.

Not only can you eat most of these items by themselves with just a little cooking and seasoning, but there are thousands of recipes that blend these terrific sources of protein into an endless array of soups, stews, salads, casseroles, sandwiches, and even deserts, cookies, cakes and pies. The glories of Hummus (chickpeas combined with Tahini) and Boston Baked Beans are enough to keep me a legume fan for life!

But what I really want to tell you about is … Beans! They not only blow meat out of the water in terms of protein, micronutrients, and fiber, they are the main legume that many cultures have relied on for protein for many centuries. The wonderful world of beans are going to be the subject of my next post. Stay Tuned!

Beans and legumes are where it’s at….

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