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The Meat Controversy

March 27, 2009

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Meat is one of those foods that cause a lot of controversy. For years many people chose to not eat meat for ethical reasons. Now it seems more people are abstaining from eating meat products because of the significant impacts it has on the environment and health reasons.

Meat does provide a lot of essential vitamins like zinc, iron and B12, but you can find these vitamins in other food sources like grains and leafy green vegetables. When you consume animal food it might make you feel more grounded than vegetables or fruit. Some people feel more powerful, have higher self-esteem and confidence. Do you notice how you feel after eating chicken or beef?

The decision about whether or not to eat meat is a personal one and one that might change several times over the course of your life. This is totally okay. You may decide to eat more meat during your younger years to have more energy and to feel more ground, but then later on decide that you want to consume a cleaner diet of just whole grains, vegetables and fruit.

If you choose that meat works for your body it is best to stick to small quantities of high-quality organic meat. It is also advised that you switch up the type of meat that you eat. Most Americans consume beef which is linked to many health related diseases. Try duck, chicken, lamb or fish.

Have you recently decided to incorporate meat into your diet or that meat really doesn’t make you feel good? Let us know!

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.