Meat Lover?

Ever since I can remember, I have been made fun of for being a vegetarian. He eats herbs and leaves; I was mockingly told as though it somehow disqualified me for life. So what would happen to you if all you did was the reverse – eat meat that is?

There are plenty of people who subscribe to the view that to be active and agile; meat should form an integral part of your diet. Science tells us that the human race probably began to eat meat only about two and a half million years ago. Prior, we were herbivores eating fruits and vegetables and nuts and seeds. Over time, we developed the teeth and the digestive processes to be able to take in meat. However, even then, we are not designed to live on a “meat only” diet. To meet our energy needs, we convert food into energy. Our body finds it most natural to convert carbohydrates into energy. If your diet consists only of meat, your body will attempt to meet its energy needs by breaking down fat and amino acids into energy.

Creating glucose (energy) from protein occurs through a process known as gluconeogenesis. This process produces a nitrogen waste that is converted into urea which can become poisonous in the long run. The risk of protein poisoning does not even take into account the long-term damage that the absence of fiber or vitamins or minerals would cause. Unfortunately, for all the meat lovers out there, the amount of protein that you need is on average no more than 40-60 gms per person, man or woman. Therefore, if you make meat the focus of your diet, you are likely going to end up very sick. Instead, what you need is a balanced diet which includes sufficient protein, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, and vitamins. Do stop laughing at your vegetarian friends in the interim; they are probably eating a healthier diet.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.