Subscribe now to Cow-Calf Weekly to get the latest industry research and information in your inbox every Friday! Benjamin Fearnow writes, “Vegetarians may have a lower BMI and drink alcohol sparingly, but vegetarian diets are tied to generally poorer health, poorer quality of life and a higher need for health care than their meat-eating counterparts.
There is no scientific evidence to support the claim that ground beef from grass-fed cattle is a healthier than ground beef from grain-fed cattle. Amanda, I agree that it doesn't make sense to look at protein content on a per calorie basis.
But as always when you start talking about nutrition, your arguments fall short of what the actual science shows.
First, it's not true that vegetable proteins are "incomplete." That's a perception that was shown to be false back in the 1990s. And it is very misleading to pull out one single study (and a cross-sectional study at that) to "prove" that vegan diets are unhealthy when there is so much research that shows otherwise.
You may have been iron deficient, but I doubt you were protein deficient, and you couldn't have been cholesterol deficient.
What about those poor, helpless, innocent PLANTS your are killing to keep yourself healthy? I would also like to add that most North Americans eat far too much protein, causing health problems likes kidney disease and kidney stones. This is an interesting article that goes against the popular theory that we would all live longer if we quit eating meat. Overall, vegetarians were found to be in a poorer state of health compared to other dietary groups. Subjects who consumed lower amounts of animal fat were also linked to poor health care practices, such as avoidance of vaccinations and a lack of preventive care.
You can take solace in the fact that you're being noticed by the foragers on the other side and that their comments are far kinder and more reasonable and civil than those out trolling the FB pages of politicians.
I am not saying the pictures above depict the only type of ground that cattle can be raised on, but if a person isn't eating beef because of cattle taking up valuable land, then I believe that argument is only partial truth. I can also tell you that land, if managed correctly and after animals have been on it, is far improved for vegetation whether it be grass or crops. The problem is that there have been too many people who didn't want to care for the land but just to use it until it was unusable.
My grandfather farmed, and his farming techniques did not use the chemicals used today instead of animal byproducts (manure).
My cows get minerals which helps to create a better balance in the soil than chemical fertilizer. I think that you forget that the american knowledge on beef is oversimplified.Ask anyone why they need meat and they'll say protein, but ask them why you protein and most will not know. I am not a nutritional expert so the only thing I have to go by is anecdotal evidence - But boy I have a bunch of it! Bea, I am curious to know what kind of meat were you eating, and what the animals that provided it had been fed. I eat some sort of meat three times a day and very often it is beef and I admit I do eat a bit to much as I am a little over weight but not a lot. As a vegan bodybuilder, I was surprised that you described beef as being a "high quality complete protein" and all plant-based options are not. I would hardly call soy beans and soy protein significantly lower quality compared to beef. Also, incomplete proteins combine with other incomplete proteins to form complete proteins. First if we were to stop all animal agriculture the world would be unable to supply sufficient protien to sustain the current population.
Second humans are in fact omnivores and animal sourced foods are a part of our natural diet. Fourth herbivores are always a food supply for carnivores as are they part of the omnivore's diet. We cattlemen should focus on the reality that cows are vegetarians that very efficiently turn low quality forages(vegetables) that humans can't digest, are highly unpalatable, and may even be toxic, into delicious beef. The science of my youth taught that there were 2 essential amino acids that humans could not obtain eating only vegetables, but I don't remember for certain which two and that may have been overturned by new veggies and new analysis. Accuracy beats propaganda, and tastes vary from person to person; that is what makes many markets.
Cows, lambs, horses and rabbits are vegetarian animals, that means they have an adapted digestive system. I have not had meat in years and am happy to report that I am happy and healthy - as is my growing strong as a whip 11 year old son!

In this list of fruits and vegetables, you can see how many health benefits of fruits and vegetables exist, and why you should eat as many as you can everyday. Fiber from fruits and vegetables helps fill you up so don't feel like eating more, and it also helps move the digestive process along.
Also, those people are less likely to need vitamins and supplements to have a healthy diet since the vegetables and fruits provide all the nutrition they need.The list of fruits and vegetables shows thephytochemicals, which are chemicals that come from plants and provide color to the food. Carotenoids are the powerful phytochemical in orange foods, and they are what give the foods their color.
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The blue, indigo, and violet list of fruits and vegetables are great for their anti-aging properties.
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Heme iron is an important dietary component for promoting cognitive health, including memory, ability to learn and reasoning.
Grains, beans, vegetables, nuts and seeds have all of the essential amino acids and can support protein needs. You can't just look at weak studies that you like and ignore the stronger ones that you don't.
In any case, your "arguement" (if you can even call it that) is invalid and just plain stupid. Plants have emotions, feel pain and engage in symbiotic relationships with other ' living' species. God made a cow to give milk so you dont have to kill it when you want its protein same with a chicken you dont have to kill it to eat its egg. I rather eat something god designed for me then be a follower and eat meat because they say it tastes good tradition and convenience. I make no effort to find protein, it's in all the vegan foods that I eat and I have never been deficient of anything, my doctor can attest.
It is almost impossible to be protein deficient with a typical American diet and most likely eating 3 or 4 times the amount of protein you need in a day.
I have an auto-immune disease and for three years suffered from debilitating and increasing pain and fatigue. According to the PD CAA score, soy protein has a better amino acid profile and digestibility than beef. In their vegetarian digestive tract there are especial structures that host several microorganism capable of sinthesize the amino acids they need. Fat is expensive to put into beef and most ends up as waste trimmed off in the cutting room.
Of course, these foods are also full of vitamins and minerals that provide your body with energy.Most people eat too few on this list of fruits and vegetables, both in quantity a day and in variety. There are more than12,000 phytochemicals in nature, and eating fruits and vegetables, rather than using supplements, is the best way to make sure you are getting enough of them in your diet. Since the same chemical gives the food its color, typically the foods of that color have many of the same healthful components.You will notice that some of the benefits and some of the colors overlap, so don't be too stringent on getting one of each color. Click here to purchase a 24 X 36 poster on Zazzle or click here to download the jpg file yourself.
Carotenoids repair DNA and help prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as strengthening our vision.These orange foods also give us the right amount of potassium and vitamin A, which keeps our eyes and skin healthy, and protects against infections. Vitamin C keeps our teeth and gums healthy, helps to heal cuts, improves the mucus membranes (like when we have colds), helps to absorb iron, prevents inflammation, improves circulation, and therefore prevents heart disease.
They are also good for the circulatory system and have good vitamin B and minerals.On this list of fruits and vegetables, the vitamin K in green foods also helps with vision, and with maintaining strong bones and teeth. Celery is often dubbed as a useless vegetable because it has no calories, but it does have minerals like good sodium that help keep the joints healthy.
It is my opinion and is not intended as medical advice.It is recommended that you consult with a qualified health care professional before making a diet change. Meat, eggs and dairy products are considered complete high-quality sources of protein that provide the full package of essential amino acids needed to stimulate muscle growth and improve weight management.
Heme iron is particularly beneficial for growing children because research indicates that some toddlers are at higher risk for iron deficiency, and childhood iron-deficiency anemia is associated with behavioral and cognitive delays.
Vegetarians were twice as likely to have allergies, a 50% increase in heart attacks, and a 50% increase in incidences of cancer.

Please spread the word to help counter the false information spread by this activist group. It would be pretty hard to get it all from broccoli, but I've never met a vegan who tried to do so. However, there are thousands of healthy vegans, and veganism is now growing very quickly for many reasons, not only health. I haven't eaten beef for over 25 years, I've lost track of the exact number, but it's about that. As a beef producer even I recognize the fact that beef really is luxory item and not a necessity. With people who consume large amount of animal protein have a high chance of developing heat disease and other complications.
About four months ago, I started eating only meat, veggies and fruits--basically Paleo with some allowances for anti-inflammatory.
As soon as you mix up your diet and include brocolli with rice, lentils, carrots, kale and peppers, etc., all of those incomplete proteins will come together and form complete proteins. If you are eating veggies for any of the other many false reasons mentioned that is called ignorance. Apparently, people buy more fruits and vegetables than they eat since the average household wastes [throws away] an average of $2000 of those items.
Lycopene helps reduce damage from free radicals in your body and it also prevents heart disease, cancer, prostrate problems, and reduces the skin damage from the sun. They are also known to boost the immune system because of the vitamin C content in many of them.
Some of the darker ones also cross over with the health benefits of orange foods.Learn more about the health benefits of bananas. Some blue and purple fruits and vegetables are also really high in vitamin C.Anything in this category will help improve circulation and prevent blood clots, so they are great for the heart and can help prevent heart disease. Plant proteins such as grains, legumes, nuts and seeds are incomplete proteins in that they do not provide sufficient amounts of essential amino acids. When you add in a few protein-rich plant foods--a bean burrito, a PB&J sandwich, and a handful of almonds, for example--it's very easy to meet protein needs on a vegan diet. We beef producers need to start putting consumers health over profits and stop picking on vegetarians and using mis-leading information to advertise our product. And gosh, when you bring up the subject of not eating animals (or reducing the quantity of creatures they consume) they get lividly hysterical. The people who eat the most vegetables and fruits in the USA have the lowest risk for chronic diseases. Some of these also cross over with the health benefits of the yellow foods below.Learn more about the amazing, packed with nutrients pumpkin nutrition and the health benefits of carrots. In fact, research indicates that increasing consumption of high-quality complete proteins may optimize muscle strength and metabolism, and ultimately improve overall health. Some people have health conditions that require them to eat meat, or in some instances you cant always get enough veggies to have a well balanced meal. I believe that my meat based diet is healing me and my disease is under better control than ever. I don't know how you would ever get a child to eat enough broccoli, nuts, grains or beans to equal the benefit of one serving of meat, eggs, cheese, or milk products. I think that this article is trying to tell you to stop eating meat, but that there are other options.
I hear so many people tell this same story about this type of diet and I talk to people all the time about how they need to give a meat based diet like Paleo a try. Maybe it is the gas from all of that broccoli and beans in those diets that makes the people so convinced that they are correct.
I think that you forget that when compare to other omnivores on the plant that we don't have they same types of teeth or digestive tracts that these animals do.
But compared to animals that eat a plant based diet like gorillas we and a lot more in common.
The only reason that we started eating meat we because after the agricultural boom and the population doubled and there was no longer enough food for everyone especially in the very cold winter where growing food would have been impossible. With the amount of food that we have available it makes more sense to cut back on the amount of animal product that we eat.

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