Is eating meat occasionally actually healthier than being a strict vegetarian?

Friday,May 31, 2013 @ 17:52

Question by Jocelyn: Is eating meat occasionally actually healthier than being a strict vegetarian?
Meat lovers will always say you need to eat meat. Vegetarians will say you are better off without it entirely. I just want to know the unbiased truth though. Which would be better, eating a mostly vegetarian diet with lean meats (non-factory farmed) occasionally (about once or twice a month), or going completely vegetarian/vegan? If anyone has any websites with real facts to back them up that would be highly appreciated. Also, please don’t give me a lecture on how horrible it is to kill animals. This is strictly a health question.

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Answer by Lizzie
The unbiased truth is that every body is different – there are plenty of stories on the internet about former vegetarians or vegans who found that their bodies function better with small amounts of meat. There are also vegans who will occasionally eat meat, but don’t make it public knowledge as their choices on what to eat are judged every day anyway.

I am vegetarian, my husband is omni. After a few days at best of veggie food, his body craves meat. I don’t want to eat it ever, but his body really craves it. I think we both manage our health just fine.

I think going completely veg or eating meat occasionally are going to be just as healthy as each other, provided that the quality of diet is equal. A veg meal of chips, cookies, and chocolate soymilk is not going to be comparable to one of free-range pork with organically produced potatoes and a green salad, for example.

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