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Meat Vs Vegetarian Diet

Posted by The New N Used Link Team on Saturday, March 29, 2014 Under: Health

 

People everywhere tend to be trying the vegetarian diet because of the importance of veggies over meat. If you listen to the radio or even turn on the TV, most commercials are focusing on weight loss through proper dieting and exercise but is there any weight to either of these eating ways? Is one better than the other? . 

 

All-meat pros 

Meat is the best source of protein, which the body needs to function optimally. Red meat is also a good source of iron, vitamin B, riboflavin, thiamin and niacin. 

 

All-meat cons 

Meats have high levels of saturated fat and can raise cholesterol, Because of it’s high-fat content, red meat has been linked to heart disease, cancer and diabetes. And processed meat is loaded with sodium, which can raise blood pressure. 

 

Although it’s often thought of as the healthier option, chicken and turkey have been found to be more strongly associated with weight gain than eating red or processed meat, a new study finds that If you’re just eating protein, you’re not getting carbohydrates, which you need for energy, so instead you’re burning fat. But that’s not as good as it sounds—this process is called ketosis and it can result in muscle and joint pain. High-protein diets can also result in a strain on your kidneys and dehydration. You’ll lose water from your muscles and lose muscle mass.Archaeobiologists have found remnants of date palms, seeds and legumes(including peas and beans) stuck in the teeth of people, who were once thought to be strictly meat-eating humans. 

 

All-vegetarian pros

Vegetarians generally have a lower risk of developing high blood pressure, several forms of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity because these diets are usually lower in fat and higher in fiber. Vegetarians as a group are often healthier, as they tend to be nonsmokers and drink less alcohol. 

 

All-vegetarian cons

A vegetarian diet will result in a quicker weight loss because it tends to be low in calories. You may lose weight but you also may lack energy.  You’ll get more vitamins, minerals and nutrients but you probably won’t get enough calcium (from dairy) or essential fatty acids (from fish) or folic acid (from grains). Also noticeably absent from most vegetarian menus: Protein, which protects your immune system and builds muscle mass. If you’re on a vegetarian diet long enough, you could suffer from malnutrition. That’s not to say that an all-vegetarian diet can’t be done—people clearly do it. You just need to work harder to make sure you’re getting a balance of all the necessary vitamins. The takeaway Both of these diets would be lacking nutrients, but the vegetarian diet would at least have a few more nutrients. Your body needs a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats. 

 

The American Cancer Society suggests that each of your meals be two-thirds plant-based. That means the bulk of breakfast, lunch and dinner should be made up of fruits, vegetables, beans or grains. The other one-third should be meat (about three ounces per meal and no more than 18 ounces each week). When picking meat, choose the leanest cuts of meat and opt for low-fat cooking methods (such as baking instead of frying), and keep processed meats at a minimum, as they’re high in sodium. When it comes to veggies, you want to eat about 2 ½ cups a day—or 17 ½ cups each week. For balance, eat 1 ½ cups of dark-green vegetables, 5 ½ cups of red and orange vegetables, 1 ½ cups of beans and peas, 5 ½ cups of starchy vegetables and 4 cups other types of vegetables in a week.

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