Meaty Talk

It’s kinda like “Car Talk” if you ask me. Does meat consumption make you aggressive, lower your IQ, and identify your political orientation? Or does eating rice crackers and lettuce make you irritable and give you the right to be critical of others? Dietary choice is indeed a potentially meaty subject.

Debate has gone on for decades, if not centuries between vegetarians and those who include meat in their diets. More recently, this separation has become more dichotomous and heated, with vegans and carnivores hating on each other. Frankly, I believe we can keep our communication respectful. Dietary selection should be governed by personal choice that is influenced by research, tradition, taste, and many other factors.

Due to my understanding of nutritional biochemistry, human metabolism, and the rapidly-evolving science of food-related research, I am an advocate for what I call the Planet-Based Diet. I find the available data quite compelling to include both plant and animal products of the highest quality in our nutritional regimes. Of course this exact diet will vary from person to person as it should, driven by preferences and genetics. Because of all these things, I eat meat and recommend it for others who want to be optimally healthy.

I recently received some hate (e)mail for being pro-meat. Once I got over that disappointment, I was able to put my perspective in words. On this week’s podcast, I offered a few points that support meat consumption, but that also respect people as people, not just vegans or carnivores. And in this week’s YouTube video, I was thrilled to respond to audience inquiries regarding tips on how to cook a wild game steak.

Let’s work together to understand the science of health and nutrition. Let’s keep it civil. Let’s find a way, no matter how ostensibly challenging, to feed and support each other.

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