I overheard a conversation at the store yesterday. A couple ahead of me in line were talking about the meatless “burgers” they were served at a cookout.
Not surprisingly, they didn’t like the plant-based fake-meat alternative. They wished there had been a real beef burger option. The husband even remarked that he was “dying” for a cheeseburger.
Everywhere you turn lately, you see these meatless meal options…in supermarket meat departments, on restaurant menus, and grilled at backyard barbeques.
Big Agra’s marketing campaign to convince people that their “fake foods” are a healthier option appears to be working.
The reality is fake meat is highly processed. It has to be – in order to Mimic the taste and texture of the real thing.
These meatless Frankenfoods contain harmful chemical additives that are linked to cancer, liver disease, and blindness in lab animals.
They also contain GMO-sourced ingredients – like gluten, soy, corn, legumes, and pea protein – that are inflammatory and harmful to your gut.
And they don’t give your body the high-quality essential nutrients it needs to thrive.
Vital nutrients can only be found in real animal protein.
I’ve treated many vegetarian patiEnts who are nutrient deficient. Almost all have low iron levels along with a lack of energy. Consuming fake meat only makes this problem worse.
Your body also becomes vulnerable to thyroid and hormonal problems, weight fluctuations, autoimmune diseases, and chronic inflammation.
Eating real grass-fed red meat keeps your body strong enough to fight off disease. You see, grass-fed red meat:
- Contains 17 grams of protein per ounce to build strong bones and muscles.
- Provides essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids – like B12, creatine, and carnitine – that you can’t get enough of from other foods.
- Supplies fatty acids like omega-3s and omega-6s in perfect proportion. Our ancestors had a perfect ratio of 1:1 in their diets. That means for every bit of omega-6 they consumed, they also ate the same amount of omega-3s. In our modern world, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats we eat has skyrocketed to as much as 20 to 1 – leading to a host of health problems.
- Is an excellent source of heme iron. You need this mineral to make the hemoglobin that provides oxygen from your lungs to your muscles. Iron also helps to strengthen your immune system, boost brain function and concentration, and increase energy. When iron levels are insufficient, you feel lightheaded, weak, and fatigued. Brittle dry nails and hair loss are also signs of an iron deficiency.
3 Red Meat Benefits You Won’t Get Anywhere Else
Grass-fed, pasture-raised red meat offers significant benefits you won’t find in Any other food source, including Big Agra’s fake meat:
Found throughout the bodies of animals, but it’s most concentrated in the muscles. It’s not present in plants, so vegetarians don’t receive l-carnosine from dietary sources. This peptide repairs tissues, removes toxins, and rejuvenates mitochondria.
But this protein building block also has proven anti-aging properties. It activates your body’s stem cells and preserves telomeres. L-carnosine has even been shown to halt Alzheimer’s disease in mice by preventing oxidating damage and cell death.
I recommend 1,000 mg of carnosine daily. A typical 3.5-ounce serving of grass-fed red meat has about 250 mg of carnosine. If you can’t get enough by eating red meat, I recommend you supplement with natural L-carnosine. Take 500 mg twice a day.
Lysine is an essential amino acid. Your body doesn’t make lysine, so it must be eaten in the diet and red meat is the best source.
Lysine produces carnitine, a nutrient responsible for converting fatty acids into energy. Carnitine carries long-chain fatTy acids into the mitochondria to produce energy and removes toxins from your cells. Lysine also helps you reduce stress and boost calcium absorption.
If you choose to supplement, I suggest taking 600 mg daily.
3. Vitamin A
Pre-formed vitamin A – the active form – is only available from animal fats or organ meat like liver. You need this form to lower your cancer risk, protect your eyes from night blindness, boost immunity, build strong bones, and hydrate your skin.
Sure, you can get beta-carotene from plants. But it’s not a substitute for vitamin A. You see, beta-carotene needs the presence of bile salts in your intestine before a conversion can take place. To get bile salts, you need the presence of animal fat. Also, your body doesn’t make the conversion efficiently. For every 6 units of beta-carotene, you only get 1 unit of vitamin A.
I recommend you get 5,000 IU of vitamin A daily.
As a regular reader, you know that most red meat is contaminated with antibiotics and growth hormones. It’s also sourced from cattle typically fed GMO-based grains and corn. Steer clear of grain-fed red meat.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
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