Top Pro & Con Arguments


Eating meat, poultry, and fish is part of a healthful diet.

Lean red meat, eaten in moderation, can be a healthful part of a balanced diet. According to researchers at the British Nutrition Foundation, “there is no evidence” that moderate consumption of unprocessed lean red meat has any negative health effects. Poultry like chicken and turkey, unprocessed pork (e.g. pork loin, not bacon), and fish are considered healthy components in a diet. [50]

Meat is the most convenient protein source available. In one serving, meat provides all the essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein), as well as essential nutrients such as iron, zinc, and B vitamins. Most plant foods do not provide adequate levels of all the essential amino acids in a single serving. [3] [46] [47] [49] [61] [101] [133]

Meat is the best source of necessary saturated fats, vitamins, A, D, E, and K, good cholesterol, iron, zinc, and amino acids. And fish is the best source of omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which lower the risk of death from heart attacks and strokes. [3] [46] [47] [52] [53]

Vegetarians do not live longer. This myth stems from the fact that vegetarians tend to be more health conscious overall, eating a more balanced diet, exercising more, and smoking less than the general population. However, when compared to health conscious meat eaters, vegetarians do not live longer. [56]

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