Most of us eat the way our parents did. Mostly, that means eating meat. For many years, the medical establishment told us that meat eaters aren’t as healthy and will not live as long as vegetarians. Some smart people of the Paleo persuasion are challenging this contention. Are they right? Do you care?
IT’S JUST after 10:30 on a Thursday night and I’m sitting on the couch in my mother’s home in Washington State wondering how I’m going to wrestle to the mat the lumbering hulk of controversy that I’ve chosen to write about here.
The other thing I’m doing on this couch without any conscious direction from myself is digesting a hunk of sirloin steak that good ole Ma made for dinner.
“Is it OK that we eat steak tonight”, Ma asked. “It’s grass fed and organic”, she added quickly observing my perplexing visage.
“Yeah, that’s fine”, I said, without conviction, and then I started thinking about what I really think about meat eating.
Four questions boomeranged around in my head about meat:
1. Just because we can, do we have the right to slaughter and eat other sentient beings? (I don’t ignite this powder keg here.)
2. Is it true that saturated fat consumption is no longer thought to promote heart disease? (I do deeply dive into this.)
3. Is it true that the creatine in meat creates TMAO by the digestive bacteria in our guts, which recent studies indicate can cause heart disease? (You can fill yourself to the brim with the info provided by the link.)
4. Should I be eating this steak or not? (I did eat Ma’s steak, an unusual event for me. It tasted OK, was grass-fed and humanely butchered, if that counts for something.)