Skooter reports 11/05/13
Like most North Americans, they love eating meat. The enticing sizzle of a steak on the barbeque gets your mouth salivating. The whiff of a steaming turkey roasting in the oven makes you shiver with thrill. The enormous-sized burger ad that you see on your way to your workplace every morning always makes you do a longing double-take. You be careful to go slow in how much meat you eat, and to balance your diet with vegetables, fish and whole grains, but there's no use to denying it –everyone of us get weak for meat.
And you’re not alone. Dr. Alwyn Wong, scientific advisor of Bel Marra Health admits he too is a meat lover. A majority of his patients are fellow meat-lovers, and just a few minutes of nutritional counseling quickly shows him that they be inclined to eat meat and animal products more regularly than any other food group in their daily diet. In reality, North Americans are guilty of eating more than double the amount of meat than the average person worldwide. And didn’t you know that North Americans communal carnivorous longings are already endemic. If you didn’t know this yet, over the past 40 years, world production of meat has tripled, and in the last 10 years, it has increased by 20 percent.
Lots of people argue that there's nothing wrong with meat. Indeed, says Joseph Ferraro, anthropologist from Baylor University, humans have been eating meat for two million years, and this is just about the same time that we started to see human brain size and body size increase, and when humans started to travel more extensively around the globe. "It's fair to say that meat eating is critical to our history," Ferraro argues.
Yet, meat was never the main part of our diet. It was only always a minor supplement that was not easy to hunt and rare to enjoy, completing our primarily vegetarian diets with an extra boost of thickly packed protein, fat and calories. From then on, recent technological breakthroughs in meat farming have totally changed this nutritional balance, leading modern people to eat meat like never before, in quantities never obtainable to our ancient Paleolithic ancestors. And the penalties of this diet swing are reflecting in the modern state of our health and in the modern state of our environment.
To be continued…
Tomorrow’s subject – Should Meat Take the Heat for Our Health and Environmental Problems?