I admit I was pretty baffled when a “news story” went viral yesterday, referring to the new report that shows processed meats are linked to causing cancer.
Sorry, but I have to reference Mugatu from Zoolander on this one:
“Doesn’t anyone notice this? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!”
How is this a news story? How is it not common sense that eating processed meats leads to cancer?
It’s this simple: There is good fat and there is bad fat. Good fats prevents cancer, bad fats cause cancer.
(Your homework assignment is to watch Forks Over Knives, on Netflix; which is where I first learned this.)
Good fats come from plants, like cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, and coconuts. Good fats contain zero percentage of your daily cholesterol allowance. Good fats are good for you.
While there is a microscopic amount of cholesterol in good fats (plant fats), it’s impossible to reach even just 1% of your daily intake of cholesterol from those alone.
Meanwhile, bad fats come from animals. Animal fat contains a bare minimum of 1% of your daily cholesterol.
But it’s not just meat that’s the problem. One regular size chicken egg contains about 68% of your daily cholesterol allowance. And that’s just one egg. Nobody eats just one egg.
So imagine if you eat 2 eggs for breakfast, you’ve already more than maxed out on your cholesterol for the daily allowance, and that’s not even considering the cholesterol in any cheese or meats for the rest of the day.
Yes, I know… I’m the crazy vegan here. But I am really all that crazy?
At this point, people deflect by making a lousy and unscientific claim that vegans don’t get enough protein.
The thing is, when you nix animal products from your diet, you are forced to eat from six food groups: veggies, fruits, grains, seeds, nuts, and seeds.
They all contain protein.
And I am healthy, living proof that a human being can exist as a vegan (without the dependence on any animal products) for the past 2 and a half years; not to mention I have been a vegetarian for the past 4 years.
The best I can figure, we as a nation continue to consume meat (and all other animal products; including eggs and dairy) for these reasons:
1) It’s more convenient.
2) It’s the social norm.
3) We are emotional connected to consuming animal products.
4) We think it’s necessary for our nutrition.
5) We think it’s cheaper than eating “health food”.
6) We haven’t been properly educated on the subject.
7) We don’t know specifically what to eat instead.
Let me address those personally from my own journey…
1) To be fair, I agree that eating animal products and other processed foods is more convenient. But to me the convenience isn’t worth me being unhealthy again, like I used to be when I ate that way.
2) Being a vegan makes me a minority (only about 2.5% of the American population), but I never minded being “the weird one” in the group. My “alternative lifestyle” is not really socially acceptable, but that doesn’t change anything for me.
3) The emotional connection I had to eating animal products was the hardest part for me to psychologically overcome. But that’s all it is… just emotions. I am stronger than that. I control my emotions; they don’t control me.
4) I’m living proof that a vegan can easily be healthy, and my personal doctor agrees.
5) Is it cheaper to eat meat? Well, I save money by not buying meat or dairy or eggs, for one. Plus, I’m pretty much unable to eat out at restaurants, so that saves money. According to my wife, our grocery bill is about the same as when we did eat meat. Not to mention, I require no medications either.
6) Thanks to scientifically based documentaries like Forks Over Knives on Netflix, we all can learn the truth.
7) Read vegan recipe blogs like Oh She Glows to learn quick and easy vegan meals. That’s how our family got our recipe library.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I am here to enlighten anyone who is curious!