The Misguided War On Meat

Updated: Jun 15, 2020

By Derek W. Gardiner

For several years we've been exposed to the narrative that meat is unhealthy and that we should eat our "five-a-day". In 2009 Paul McCartney launched the meat-free Monday campaign to "make a huge difference to the planet, our health and even our pockets." Last month American company WeWork announced that they would no longer reimburse their employees for meals that included meat. The main justification for this is that meat is bad for our health, it contains too much fat and is bad for the environment and causing "climate change". The establishment have, as usual, bought fully into this leftist vegan narrative, with calls from the hard left for a "meat tax". However, there is much evidence to suggest the opposite is true and that eating five portions of fruit and veg a day is actually worse for your health than eating meat.

In 1992, the US department of agriculture introduced the food pyramid. The pyramid put fat at the top and recommended that people avoid it like the plague. It recommends that between 50-65 % of a person's diet come from Carbohydrates, while only 10-15% come from protein. This is insane, is it any wonder that the USA has become the fattest nation in human history. However, the damage is not limited to the USA, the food pyramid has been taught and continues to be taught in schools around the world, including the UK, It has no doubt heavily contributed to the obesity epidemic by telling people that unlimited carbohydrates is OK.

The food pyramid recommends five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, however makes no distinction between say a banana, which is high in fructose and carbohydrate and contains 100 calories per serving and lettuce, which is low in carbohydrate and contains next to no calories per serving.

It recommends a dangerously high carbohydrate and very low fat diet, with carbohydrate servings recommended to be around 11 per day. This led to the 1990s "war on fat", encouraging low fat alternatives such as margarine or zero fat yoghurt (which is full of sugar). Nutrition expert Kris Gunners said that the "war" on fat was the biggest mistake in the history of nutrition, pointing out that since the 1990s we have seen a massive rise in obesity, metabolic syndrome and type two diabetes. A BBC documentary "fat vs sugar" conducted a study on two brothers for a month, one went on a low fat, high carb diet and one went on a low carb, high fat diet (cutting out even vegetables). The result was that the brother who went on the low carb diet lost 9lb (4kg) and the brother that went on the low fat diet only lost 2lb (1kg).

Also, the environmentalist case for not eating meat is flawed, there is currently far less cows (the largest greenhouse gas emitters) than there was 60 years ago, due to advances in technology allowing more meat to be extracted from livestock. In addition, the greatest emissions come from energy and it has been estimated that meatless Mondays would only reduce emissions by 0.3%.

In 2017 professor Jordan Peterson went on a carnivore diet, where at first, he only ate meat and greens but later cut out the greens. The results he saw were astonishing, he lost 7 pounds a month for 7 months, in addition to this his anxiety was reduced and he felt far more energetic while getting up  in the morning, his concentration improved and he was able to get more out of life. But all the more amazing is the effect the meat-only diet had on his daughter Mikhaila, who had previously suffered from a severe auto-immune disease, which included symptoms of arthritis and required her to undergo several joint replacements. Previously,  she had been unable to stay awake for more than 6 hours a day, she later refined her diet down to only chicken and broccoli and this resulted her being able to stay awake all day and many of her symptoms going into remission. In addition, the severe anxiety she had suffered was massively reduced.

In addition meat is very low in calories. 100g of chicken contains 145 calories, 100g of bacon (3 rashers) contains 287 calories, 100g of steak contains 191 calories and 100g of ham contains 115 calories. A very low calorie diet (ie. 800-1000 calories a day) has been proven to have massively positive effects, people on these diets have reported rapid weight loss (up to 15 pounds a month), ageing slowing down as well as their type two diabetes going into remission.

So don't believe the dietary and vegan establishments, when they tell you meat is bad for you and you should settle for only losing a pound a week, during periods of weight loss, much of their research is out of date and in some cases motivated by a radical environmentalist agenda. Meat is good for you and, as an increasing amount of evidence shows, is by far the best food for losing weight and keeping disease at bay.