Last Updated on August 26, 2020
The question we get from a lot of people, is eating meat necessary for good gut health? So we get this from a lot of our customers, people that work with us. This is a big question for many people that contact me, are vegan or vegetarian. And I like that because I think this is certainly one of the healthiest ways to eat food, I’m not vegan, I’m not vegetarian, and I’m not a meat eater. I’m the whole flipping lot. I eat everything, but all in moderation. Let me show you a picture here I just took before in our pantry, let’s see if I can get this cellphone to work. Here we go. So I’m going to hold this up to the screen. Now, that’s a selection… Is that right? Can you guys see that?
So these are the lentils that we’ve got. For example, you can see mung beans, brown lentils, red lentils, yellow lentils, moth lentils, the black ones, again, are called Urad Dal, black eyed peas, and we have black beans, Chinese black beans. We have got all sorts of different grains and legumes and many, many different things we eat. So I love eating lentils. I think lentils is superb protein, very high fiber, high protein, excellent food.
Do you eat meat? Many do. I eat meat, but I tend to prefer vegetarian sources of protein. But last night we had a beautiful Rogan Josh lamb curry, and it had everything in it. It had ground coriander, ground cumin. I put ground cardamon in there, ginger, garlic, of course, and ginger. What else did we put in there? Yogurt, tomatoes, a couple of cans of tomatoes go in there, so a superb curry, lots of flavors. But that curry could have easily been made also just using vegetables.
But is meat necessarily for gut health? That’s the question. It’s not necessary at all for gut health. I see meat, not less detrimental for gut health, but I don’t see it as advantageous as a non-meat protein diet. I find that people routinely, every time I’ve tested people’s stool, I’ve done bowel testing on meat eaters versus non-meat eaters. You can see a marked difference, particularly in the bowel flora, in the amounts of different types of beneficial flora they have. There’s no doubt about it. No doubt about it. Now, people over tend to eat more plant based foods tend to have a more favorable balance of beneficials balance. I’m not saying they’ve got more or less. Their balance is increased as opposed to just the carnivores or the meat eaters. They’ll still have beneficials, but not to the extent that the plant based diet people do have.
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I believe the best is in both camps. If you can eat some of this and some of that, not too much of this, not too much of that, that to me, it makes sense. It’s just like the best medicine is a combination of natural and science. If you say that’s crap, then you need to click off now, okay? If you just believe that science is all bogus and the natural medicine is the best, go away. And if you believe that science-based medicine is the best and natural’s crap, then go away too. The both combination intelligently well positioned, put together, gives you the advantage. Personally, I’m not speaking for you, I feel that the balance is intelligent approach to diet. Small amounts of meat, large amounts of plant based foods. Because you’re going to get a lot of iron in your diet and B12 and many other things in there as well.
A lot of fat soluble vitamins that are hard to get from a vegan diet. No doubt I’m going to get 65 million comments that you can get all these things from vegetarian diets. I’m not arguing that you can, but that Rogan Josh lamb curry I had last night was to die for and I really liked eating it and preferred that. Not just because it smells good, but it tastes amazing and it feels good to eat nice food like that. So the advantage of the meat, as I said, like fish meat in particular, and other animal meats, you’re going to get minerals and vitamins you will find you’re hard pressed to get from a purely a hundred percent vegetarian based diet. But for me, it’s about enjoyment. I really enjoy that curry. I think I enjoyed it more than if it was just a vegetable curry like that. But saying that, we’ve made Korma curries, and coconut vegetable curries that were very, very good.
So the advantage of meat, I don’t think so much for gut health, but I think it supplies nutrients that you can’t get from a purely vegetable based diet. Or you can, but very hard pressed to get them. But the vegetable diet again has got incredible amounts of protein too, and many minerals that are often quite difficult to get again from the meat based diet. So when you look at a Mediterranean diet, it involves small amounts of meat, for example, tomatoes, which today are like taboo, don’t eat them. You’ll die if you eat tomatoes or lectins now, if you still buying into that theory.
What was the question again? Getting old. Is meat necessarily for good gut health? No, it’s not, not at all. In fact, more people eat non-meat diets on this planet than people who do eat meat diets. And the day will come well into the future when all these cows walking on fields, and all these Amazonian things, it’ll all change. My son was telling me, who’s into tech, that they actually culture and grow meat in labs now. So that’s likely going to be the future when all the trees are gone or the land mass is gone, everything’s destroyed, they’ll probably just culture meat for people. And I won’t be here, but you guys may still be. So I hope that gives you a bit of info. Subscribe. And also if you do, you’re likely to get a 17 page candida crusher shopping list.