If you are heavily into improving your health from the inside out, you know doubt have heard of Mark Hyman, M.D. He is the Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, the Founder of The Ultra Wellness Center, and a ten-time #1 New York Times Bestselling author. His latest book is “Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?” which is described as a ‘a comprehensive book that takes a close look at every category of food we eat and explains what we’ve gotten wrong, revealing which foods nurture our health, and which pose a threat. It literally answers the question, What the heck should I eat?’
Recently on Dr. Hyman’s blog, he shared some takeaways about meat that we thought you might find useful:
1. Meat is the single best source of protein. Legumes have a lot of protein, and they do—for plants. But they lack a number of critical amino acids. In order to get what you need daily you have to eat three cups of beans with 100 grams of carbs to equal 6 ounces of animal protein (that contains zero carbs). Hyman says animal protein is the best source and is especially important as we age, where muscle loss is the single biggest cause of rapid aging and disease.
2. Meat is a nutritional powerhouse. Animal protein is our only source of vitamin B12, which is essential for life itself. Meat also provides valuable minerals and other vitamins. Vegans often become deficient in B12, iron, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin D and more. Yes, plant foods contain many of these nutrients, but they are more bioavailable in meat.
3. Fill up with plants. At least three-quarters of your plate should be vegetables and the rest protein. Dr. Hyman like the term “condi-meat”—a small amount of meat added to meals that are mostly vegetables.
4. You can be a sickly, overweight vegan or a healthy, well-nourished carnivore. YIKES! What about the studies that show meat eaters are less healthy than vegetarians. Hyman says you have to look at the overall unhealthy habits of those studied. They typically weigh more, drink more, smoke more, eat less produce and fiber, and are more sedentary than those who consume less meat. So maybe it isn’t the meat that’s damaging carnivores’ health—maybe it’s everything else they are doing to damage their health. So it seem it’s not the meat, it’s what is contained in the rest of our diet.
For more tips on eating meat from Dr. Hyman visit his blog here:https://drhyman.com/blog/2018/02/22/7-takeaways-meat-book-food-heck-eat/