– Am I the only one who didn’t realize that there’s still people out there that think vegetarianism is absolutely devastating to your health? Like, horrible, bad, you’re gonna die, you’re so unhealthy.
– Are you fucking kidding me? – Well, I’m gonna breakdown for you today, as a vegetarian for 21 years, whether or not it is healthier to be vegetarian or to eat meat.
What’s the healthiest lifestyle?
Alright, so this whole video started when I published a video, which I’ll put in there for ya, about what if your kid decides to go vegetarian and just some tips on how to deal with that and how to make it work for your family, and I had someone commenting our Facebook group, and I’m gonna read you part of the comment, ’cause I was blown away by how ignorant it is, how uninformed it is, in my opinion.
Let me read it to you.
Human bodies need meat proteins, especially during growing and developing years.
It is unhealthy to deprive the body of essential nutrients, and especially at a young age.
I would go as far as to say it should be considered child abuse to deprive a kid of this.
– Are you stupid or somethin’? – Vegetarian.
As an adult, if you wish to neglect your body, that’s fine, but to allow a child to make this choice, or to force this lifestyle on them is wrong.
If you’ve watched any of my videos, you know I don’t force anything on anyone.
Maybe we consume more red meat than we should, and probably should cut back on the consumption of it, the withdrawal of it completely is just not healthy.
Clearly, I’m dying, I’m unhealthy, I’m fallin’ over.
Okay, so I truly, truly appreciate it, I had people that stepped up in the group and said this is untrue, provide an example, what was super hilarious, the guy posted a link and the first point in the story was toddlers, as, is thought, do not actually suffer from anemia, and often have trouble chewing red meat, so I threw that back at him.
And then somebody said you’re stupid, which was really funny.
So, anyway, I appreciate people for stepping up and, setting the record straight, and I definitely encourage you to join our Facebook group and join the conversation, because I love to have feedback and have a community for people to talk about these things, so I’ll include the Facebook link in the description for you.
So what we’re gonna do today is I’m gonna take some health factors, six to be exact, and line ’em up and compare them based on vegetarians versus meat eaters.
I can do this in an unbiased way, because I, in no way, became a vegetarian to be healthier, that was not my aim, I actually became a vegetarian because I didn’t wanna eat animals, so I’m gonna go through the health factors, and we’re gonna see which one measures up, which one’s the healthiest lifestyle.
So the six categories where we’re gonna put carnivores and vegetarians head-to-head are, diabetes, cancer, cholesterol, iron, B12, and effect on sleep.
Now just a little disclaimer here, I’m not a doctor, I’m not a nutritionist, these are based on my own personal research findings as well as my own personal experience, and that’s how I’m gonna base these, I’m gonna put ’em head-to-head and see which one comes out on top.
Okay, first up is diabetes.
According to 2017 research by Duke, higher consumption of red meat and poultry significantly increases your risk of developing diabetes.
So, that’s one for vegetarianism and zero for carnivores.
Next up is cancer, and this one gets a little complex because there’s a lot of different kinds of cancer, and a lot of different kinds of factors.
According to the WorldCancer Research Fund, and the American Institute for Cancer Research, eating red meat increases your chance of developing colorectal cancer.
For me, this is really good news, and, like I said, that was not why I went vegetarian, but my aunt and my grandma both died of colon cancer, so for me, this is a really, really good thing, and it’s, I mean, who wouldn’t wanna lower risk of colon cancer, right? But, it’s not that simple, right? The research also shows that consuming dairy may lower your risk of this kind of cancers, however, it also said that eating fish can help reduce your risk of colon and liver cancer.
So if I’ve got any pescatarians watching’ right now, I know you’re sayin’, yeah, I’m right, I need to eat that fish.
So, I’m gonna call that one a tie, so we stay at one for vegetarians, and zero for the meat eaters.
Next up is cholesterol.
So, you probably know that there are two factors that affect your cholesterol.
The first one is genetics, and the second is what you eat.
And you really, as far as genetics, can’t change that with what you eat if you have bad genes for cholesterol, that’s how it’s gonna be and you just have to deal with that.
Now, as far as the diet part, this gets a little interesting.
So, every time I go into the doctor, and they see my cholesterol, they’re like, whoa, your cholesterol’s so low.
Now, part of that because I’m a vegetarian, and I think I honestly scored on the genetic side, I really have never had any problems, I don’t know anybody, my mom, or anybody that had cholesterol issues.
But when you look at it, the truth is, you can have high cholesterol whether you’re a vegetarian or not.
If you’re a vegetarian that’seating all sugary carbs and high-fat dairy, probably gonna have high cholesterol.
If you’re a meat eater that is eating fatty red meat all the time, then you’re probably gonna have high cholesterol.
Cholesterol only comes from animal sources, so vegans are probably gonna have low cholesterol, almost undoubtedly, unless they have major genetic issues.
But as far as looking vegetarians and meat eaters, we come out pretty even on this one.
So, the score’s still 1-0.
Alright, the next thing is iron, and that’s a major concern when you stop eating meat.
And I take supplements, I’ve taken supplements for a very long time, and I try to work in spinach and other iron-rich foods into my diet to account for this.
It’s interesting when you look at the research, because vegetarians if you’re eating a well-balanced diet, don’t have any higher risk of anemia or deficiency than meat eaters do.
So we’re still tied.
Vegetarians one, meat eaters zero.
You guys, I honestly had no idea it would be this close.
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Next up is B12, and I knew that B12 was an issue because you can only get it from primarily red meat sources, you can get it from nutritional yeast and supplements, but primarily it’s red meat.
But this one really shocked me.
The studies show that every two out of three vegetarians is deficient in B12, while only 5% of meat-eaters are.
So, meat eaters, this one’s on you.
We’re tied, we’re at 1-1.
So last up is sleep.
Now, there’s really no conclusive sleep, whether a vegetarian diet or a carnivore diet causes you to sleep better at night.
There are certain foods within each diet that can help you sleep better or maybe upset your sleep, but, overall, they’re even-steven, right? So, what we end up with is a tie.
(laughs) So, 1-1, out of six factors, and point being, a vegetarian lifestyle can be just as healthy as a meat-eating lifestyle.
It’s about how you do it, it’s about balance, it’s about paying attention, and it’s what I thought the result would be, I know, I didn’t think it would come back like, ugh, vegetarianism is so unhealthy, especially after doing it for 21 years, you would think I woulda had some major medical problems if that was the truth, but I’m happy to be able to, know, go over it with you today and show ya side-by-sideshow they stack up.
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