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Are Vegetable Proteins Equal To The Protein In Beef?


Here's the facts: beef trumps broccoli in a side-by-side comparison of protein. Read more below to see the stats on protein in beef and vegetables.

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Do you really need meat to get protein? says no. The activist group posted this graphic in the Albany Times-Union stating that, “Beef has 6.4 grams of protein/100 calories” and “Broccoli has 11.1 grams of protein/100 calories,” but is that the whole story? 

Let’s look at it this way: one cup of broccoli contains 31 calories, which means you would have to eat more than 3 cups of broccoli to get 11.1 grams of protein. Moreover, underestimates the grams of protein in a serving of beef. A 3-oz. serving of beef provides 25 grams of protein. Active individuals, pregnant women and growing teens are encouraged to get 75-80 grams of protein/day, which would mean you would have to eat 24 cups of broccoli to reach that 80 grams of recommended protein vs. 9-10 oz. of protein (the size of a decent steak) to reach those protein recommendations.



Additionally, not all proteins are created equal. According to, “Not all foods contain the same type of protein. 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. Plant proteins such as grains, legumes, nuts and seeds are incomplete proteins in that they do not provide sufficient amounts of essential amino acids. In fact, research indicates that increasing consumption of high-quality complete proteins may optimize muscle strength and metabolism, and ultimately improve overall health.

“Lean meats contain heme iron, which is much more easily absorbed by the body than nonheme iron found in plant foods. Heme iron is an important dietary component for promoting cognitive health, including memory, ability to learn and reasoning. 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.


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“Unlike plant proteins, beef is the food supply’s most easily absorbed source of iron. In addition, beef is an excellent source of readily available zinc. The absorption of zinc from beef is about four times greater than that from a high-fiber breakfast cereal. As with iron, including meat in your diet also improves the absorption of zinc from other foods.”

A recent article in CBS Atlanta entitled, “Study: Vegetarians Less Healthy, Lower Quality Of Life Than Meat-Eaters,” further bolsters my point.

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. A new study from the Medical University of Graz in Austria finds that a vegetarian diet — characterized by a low consumption of saturated fats and cholesterol that includes increased intake of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain products — carries elevated risks of cancer, allergies and mental health disorders. Vegetarians were twice as likely to have allergies, a 50% increase in heart attacks, and a 50% increase in incidences of cancer.

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“Overall, vegetarians were found to be in a poorer state of health compared to other dietary groups. Vegetarians reported higher levels of impairment from disorders, chronic diseases, and suffer significantly more often from anxiety/depression. Chronic problems associated with vegetarians and people eating carnivorous diets rich in fruits and vegetables were linked to more frequent visits to doctors, which the study authors suggest requires public health programs to reduce the health risk due to their nutritional factors.”

What do you think about the above articles? How would you respond to the misinformation presented by Please spread the word to help counter the false information spread by this activist group.


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Discuss this Blog Entry 56

Ginny Messina (not verified)
on Apr 2, 2014

Amanda, I agree that it doesn't make sense to look at protein content on a per calorie basis. I've written on my own (vegan) blog about why it is misleading to do so.

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. Grains, beans, vegetables, nuts and seeds have all of the essential amino acids and can support protein needs.

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 can't just look at weak studies that you like and ignore the stronger ones that you don't.

The question is this: can people get adequate protein on an all-plant diet? The answer is yes. It would be pretty hard to get it all from broccoli, but I've never met a vegan who tried to do so. 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.

Bojangles (not verified)
on Nov 25, 2014

Well I'd point out that /vegan/ Peanut butter, Jelly and Bread is something a Vegan can eat but a lot of PB&J sandwiches are not Vegan Friendly.
Even some Tortillas aren't Vegan friendly.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 2, 2014

Well...I've been vegan for 30 years (I'm now 65) and I'm healthy, hearty and full of life! There's no such thing as protein deficiency in North America. However, there are thousands of healthy vegans, and veganism is now growing very quickly for many reasons, not only health.

Anonymous2 (not verified)
on Aug 12, 2014

Actually 20 years ago as a young adult I became a vegan. I was very athletic and competitive. After becoming vegan, I became very fatigued and my performance suffered. I in fact became protein deficient, iron and cholesterol deficient and my doctor said to eat eggs and meat.

Anonymon (not verified)
on Dec 18, 2014

You may have been iron deficient, but I doubt you were protein deficient, and you couldn't have been cholesterol deficient. I don't know why a nutritionist would say that unless they took a blood sample.

Tracy Babiak (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

Hey, thanks for plugging our vegan ways. I would like to add that I am a very healthy vegan. I haven't eaten beef for over 25 years, I've lost track of the exact number, but it's about that. I can not justify killing innocent animals to sustain myself and I don't need to.

Hardrock (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

What about those poor, helpless, innocent PLANTS your are killing to keep yourself healthy? Don't they deserve to live just as much as a cow?

Anonymous (not verified)
on May 1, 2014

I dont know if you are trying to be funny or if you are serious. In any case, your "arguement" (if you can even call it that) is invalid and just plain stupid. Plants have no nervous system therefore cannot feel pain.

Anonymous (not verified)
on May 1, 2014
Anonymous412 (not verified)
on Sep 20, 2014

That is incorrect. Plants have emotions, feel pain and engage in symbiotic relationships with other ' living' species.

thisguyisdumb (not verified)
on Jul 4, 2014

Dude you are so wrong it is halarious. 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. last time I checked I didn't have to kill a apple tree to eat an apple. Dude you have been eating murdered flesh for so long all you can think about is murder. There is no reason to ever kill anything. and the bible even says god made plants and seeds for man to eat
. I rather eat something god designed for me then be a follower and eat meat because they say it tastes good tradition and convenience.

Grandpa_In_Disguise (not verified)
on May 29, 2014

but 100 calories of broccoli is way bigger than a piece of steak so if you compare them by size, steak wins by alot

Tracy Babiak (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

I would also like to add that most North Americans eat far too much protein, causing health problems likes kidney disease and kidney stones. 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.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

50% more likely to get cancer on a veggie diet? Seriously? Despite numerous studies tgat have found the opposite? Werebthe veggies in that study from Chenobyl or something? The way haem v non-haem iron is stored is different. Haem iron is stored byvthe body but not necessarily accessed adequately. Non haem iron is readily used but not stored so veggies need a steady supply from beans, wholegrains, some fruit and green veg.

Ray Moses (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

No, you don't need meat to get protein. 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. As a beef producer even I recognize the fact that beef really is luxory item and not a necessity. 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. Americans already consume lots of meat, we should be happy.

Calfdoc (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

If I may counter the seminar bloggers whose mission is to destroy animal ag.
Here is an interesting link:
I would ad:
This is an interesting article that goes against the popular theory that we would all live longer if we quit eating meat.
I think for a large part the study has some truth to it.

I would say the point of the study may not be your health is related to what you eat but what your level of common sense/intelligence level is:

Overall, vegetarians were found to be in a poorer state of health compared to other dietary groups. Vegetarians reported higher levels of impairment from disorders, chronic diseases, and “suffer significantly more often from anxiety/depression.”

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.

bob neese (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

Very interesting, Amanda. Yesterday, a friend of my wife who lives in AZ and has become vegan, posted the above photo on her page. She also posted a photo and story about starving children....why she can no longer bear to eat meat... because cattle are occupying "30% of the landmass on earth", and an extremely wasteful, inefficient, extravagant source of protein....while children starve.

Looks like you're out there on the cutting edge with your posts this week. And it's obvious who is watching.....and the first ones to get in their comments of refutation!
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.

TexasLadyinCA (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014 Go down to "Among the Rocks"

I've seen this latter desert type cattle operation. It isn't pretty to me at all. And I believe the reason that it exists is that nobody wants to live in 120 degree summers and -10 degree winters.

Many thousands of head of cattle live in areas that no human being would want to live. They raise calves which become protein for others (sometimes for wolves and coyotes and mountain lions).

Many of the areas where cows go are places where people are not going to go. They are dangerous (wolves, coyotes, mountain lion) areas where people would not live safely. They are high country like the pictures show, desert, or places so rocky that the only way a person could live there is in a single tent. They are not habitable areas.

But there area cattle in areas where people could live. Unfortunately our government is making it harder and harder to build in an area that might not be quite as habitable as others, in fact, they are so expensive to live in because of government regulations that few can choose to live in the areas. It is far easier to put animals on areas like that because the cost of building is prohibitive.

We built our home in an area that has ground water 8' from the top. As a result, we were required to put in a $50,000 septic system that is government monitored. Government regulations for building have become so invasive that a permit costs thousands of dollars where we live, and permits to build sustainable housing is impossible.

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. If you would do a bit of a study, you would see how improved the ground is by cattle on it.

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. We have learned from those errors now, and we know we must care for the land to be able to sustain our use of it. We must, for sustainability, use it as the land must be used to continue to have the use of it.

My grandfather farmed, and his farming techniques did not use the chemicals used today instead of animal byproducts (manure). His fields were beautiful and far better than many I see today. I do not believe that chemicals that are used for fertilizer to grow crops are any where near as good as manure--but that's my belief and the belief of some people who live on the land. We are working our farm toward being natural so that we leave it better than it was when we purchased it and trying to follow the ideas of those who have been successful in doing so.

My cows get minerals which helps to create a better balance in the soil than chemical fertilizer. I know that my soil for growing crops is far improved and healthier than it would be if I used chemicals. But this takes time. Cows, and other farm animals, improve the soil and ground. And they make it better for growing crops for everyone.

W.E. (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

This vegan ad is gross oversimplification and misleading information at its worse. Nutrient density is extremely important in the diets of many classes of people, and giving too much credence to the idea of "protein per calorie" really could actually starve far too many children, depriving them of the high quality nutrient-dense food they need to develop healthy brains and bodies. Can you imagine trying to feed a six year old enough broccoli to get sufficient protein to substitute for one hamburger? As hunter-gatherers, people evolved over many thousands of years to eat diets high in proteins from meat, eggs, nuts, and seeds, along with green plants, fruits and vegetables. A balanced diet of natural foods, including beef and mutton, has always been our best bet since we began being agriculturists. When we (and our domesticated livestock animals) eat highly processed foods, an overabundance of grains and preservatives, we are doing a great disservice to the natural sources of food that helped our ancestors to survive. A better target for the vegans would be over-processed foods. If people were to avoid foods that have more than three to five ingredients, especially those with chemical additives of multiple syllables, we would all be far healthier and better able to avoid deficiencies and obesity.

on Mar 9, 2016

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. Plant based protein of course isnt perfect but protein form meat isnt any better. With people who consume large amount of animal protein have a high chance of developing heat disease and other complications. I am not saying that everyone should stop eating meat. 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 think that this article is trying to tell you to stop eating meat, but that there are other options. That you dont have to eat a huge slab of meat to get protein. And as far as your argument that eating meat is who we are. 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.

Bea Elliott (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

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! My own health has greatly improved since I've eliminated animal products from my diet. My weight stabilized. My digestion improved. And my life-long bouts with depression and anxiety disappeared. I've really never felt physically or emotionally better!

Now I observe this next to my friends, neighbors and family members... All my counterparts are on some medication or another. All but a few are at an acceptable weight. And gosh, when you bring up the subject of not eating animals (or reducing the quantity of creatures they consume) they get lividly hysterical. Talk about emotional instability!

My smart money is on fruits, vegetables, beans, seeds and nuts. It's the best decision I've ever made. The saying is true: My only regret is that I didn't do this decades sooner! Peace out & please be kind to animals. We don't need to harm them to be happy and healthy! ;)

W.E. (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

Bea, I am curious to know what kind of meat were you eating, and what the animals that provided it had been fed. Also, have you ever raised any kind of livestock animal, or has all of your animal experience been with pets?

Ruhlie (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

I find this comment interesting. I have an auto-immune disease and for three years suffered from debilitating and increasing pain and fatigue. About four months ago, I started eating only meat, veggies and fruits--basically Paleo with some allowances for anti-inflammatory. I have eliminated one medication and feel so much better--much decreased pain and fatigue. I believe that my meat based diet is healing me and my disease is under better control than ever. 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. So everyone has different experiences with food.

MM (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

I am not an expert. I used to eat all kinds of meat, particularly beef. I was taking six different prescription drugs and several vitamin supplements. After becoming vegan for two years, I do not take any of it. I am perfectly healthy and goes to the doctor only once a year just do my annual physical.

Randall N. (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

Beef is a tasty, nutrient rich source of protein. Beef production is largley from areas not suited for other food production areas. Beef is also very important to the livelyhood of many of your loyal readers and advertisers. Do you consider how much coverage/outreach you are providing to those who are daily working against us?... I get it you have more responses and interest in these type articles so it goes in the world of mass media. I however, do get worn out with providing a platform for the haters.

on Apr 3, 2014

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. But I am happy I go to the Doc. when my D.O.T. health card runs out and honestly we are were made to eat both meat and vegges. And if animals were not meant to be eaten they wouldn't taste so good.

Samantha (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

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.

Well, soy (a bean) is a complete protein. According to the PD CAA score, soy protein has a better amino acid profile and digestibility than beef. Soy beans fall just 0.1 points shy of beef.

I would hardly call soy beans and soy protein significantly lower quality compared to beef.

Other plants with complete proteins include quinoa, saviseed and amaranth.

Also, incomplete proteins combine with other incomplete proteins to form complete proteins. If you eat brocolli, and only brocolli, complete proteins will not form. 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.

Also, some other plant-based sources are considered "high quality". They are more easily digested and the protein absorbs more easily than in beef. Vegetables also pack a ton of fibre, which beef doesn't have.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

If you want to eat only veggies, good for you. If you think your'e healthier and happier for it good for you. If you are eating veggies for any of the other many false reasons mentioned that is called ignorance.
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.
Third we are a part of the food chain just like every other being in nature.
Fourth herbivores are always a food supply for carnivores as are they part of the omnivore's diet.

Sarah W. (not verified)
on May 1, 2014

You are just wrong in everything that you said. So so wrong. Read a book or two, it might help.

wynne (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

If an individual wants to be a meat eater or vegan, that is an individual's choice. I don't try to influence people to eat a particular diet and I resent when someone wants to foster his/her way for eating on me. Apparently, people buy more fruits and vegetables than they eat since the average household wastes [throws away] an average of $2000 of those items. By government estimates, there is very little meat wasted by families. 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. 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. And they talk about the about of gas from cows. WOW! This is America, eat what you want and leave the rest of us alone.

John R. Dykers, Jr (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

Start with "Vegetarians reported higher levels of impairment from disorders". "Disorders" is a meaningless word and there is no scientific measure for 'no disorders' for comparison. So I must consider the 'CBS Atlanta' article as hokum.
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. Kath Voth at has even trained cows to eat weeds as additional protein source.
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. Plants have protein or cows would not be able to have any in their diets!
"Beef" protein per calorie and even per gram depends also on how much fat is in the serving of beef. CharLean filet mignon grain fed on pasture grown fast and slaughtered at 11 mos old surprised us by having 1/100 of the fat of an Omaha Steaks Prime filet mignon (which makes no pretense of being lean) and the protein/calorie and protein/gram ratio would be much higher because of the greater calories in fat grams.
Accuracy beats propaganda, and tastes vary from person to person; that is what makes many markets.

Camilla (not verified)
on Apr 4, 2014

Let me correct this: "Plants have protein or cows would not be able to have any in their diets!"

Cows, lambs, horses and rabbits are vegetarian animals, that means they have an adapted digestive system. In their vegetarian digestive tract there are especial structures that host several microorganism capable of sinthesize the amino acids they need.

Human beings are omnivorous and do not have such expansions in the digestive tract.

John R. Dykers, Jr (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

forgot to mention that the lower fat content of CharLean is not just the relative absence of marbling but also the absence of intramuscular fat that has not been deposited in a still growing animal. Fat is expensive to put into beef and most ends up as waste trimmed off in the cutting room.

Chris (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

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! You CAN get plenty of protein iron and a balanced HEALTHY diet without eating beef!!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

20 years not eating beef! Yahooo!! Don't miss it one bit. I'm healthy, slim, strong, and heal sports injuries faster than meat-eater friends :)

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

Wow Amanda, who has an agenda! I'm in awe of how many vegetarians have left comments! To be honest, I would never even read a vegan blog or article. They have their beliefs and I have mine, but I'm not out there telling them "HOW MUCH BETTER I AM", because of what I eat or believe. It"s kind of a sickness in itself to be monitoring what everyone else believes and trying to condemn others for there way of life.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

I eat meat and so does my whole family and we're all healthly. NO cancer,high bmi, heart attacks, high cholesterol, or high BP. We had one vegetarian in the family and sadly they now have diabetes and several other ailments, take it as you will but vegetarians don't seem any healthier than anyone else. Eat what you want but don't believe for a second going vegan is going to save the earth anytime soon. Tilling a field to plant crops isn't any better than letting a cow graze a permanent grass cover in a pasture not suited for cropping. We already have enough food to feed the world but 50% is wasted because of lack of proper storage and transportation. Even if we didn't waste a single bit of food the majority of the people who need it can't afford to buy it anyway. Work on the economics of helping the poor afford food before you debate on whats better for the Earth.

katie in montana (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned vitamin sources that are most absorbable are found in animal products. Low levels of B12 can cause health challenges as noted in this link.

Bob V (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

I'm sure there is much good with being a vegan. But, not for me...I love my grilled steak, a tender, juicy slow cooked pot roast., any meat item from Chipotle.

on Apr 3, 2014

We grow beans and peas as well as cattle. It takes a serving 2 1/2 times larger of either of these high quality vegetable proteins to match the protein in meats. The real question is whether you want desert with your diet? A well fed vegetarian simply has a full stomach before there is delight.

Emilie T (not verified)
on Apr 3, 2014

Reading through these comments is very interesting. I personally am not a vegan and actually work in the meat animal production industry. I see know problem with people choosing their own diets, meat or no meat. I do though, find it troubling that some individuals are drawing conclusions from their veganism and using those assumptions to influence others.

It is important to note that health is improved, and worsened, by many things. It is not fare to point to one's diet solely for health improvements. When people choose to make a lifestyle change and give up meat is it fare to assume that they would still practice other bad health habits? It is undoubtedly difficult to give up an entire food group, so if someone could do that, can we guess that they would be exercising and trying to improve their health as a whole?

Improving your health is great, no question in that, but just please recognize that not everyone can sustain themselves and the one's they love on that same diet. Remember, the production of meat animals is a livelihood as well. :)

Chuck68 (not verified)
on Apr 4, 2014

I enoy seeing the militant vegans claim their lifestyle is the best just as I enjoy seeing carnivores claim eating meat is the best.
I am one who subscribes to the notion that we each have to find out what works for our own bodies. I've tried increasing fruit/veggie intake and it did/does make a big difference in health. But I also believe we need to eat meat and be smart about it! Eating Fried chicken every day is crazy regardless of fruit/veggie intake. Eat meat, be smart about the fat content, eat much more fruits and veggies and exercise more.
If you want to be meat free, fine. But don't claim I am some kind on animal hating persons imply because I choose to eat meat. Remember, there is a place at the table for all of God's creatures. Right between the potatoes and corn.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Apr 6, 2014

I'm a healthy vegetarian for 15 plus years now….trying a vegan diet and I'm feeling healthier for it! This author lacks knowledge.

Tunde (not verified)
on Apr 7, 2014

Yeah thank you to all of these intelligent healthy vegans to debunk the propaganda of the meat industry saying you won't get enough protein - awesome- lets all get out of the caveman days and evolve

Schmidt (not verified)
on May 1, 2014

I was raised on a beef farm and really enjoy eating beef. Our entire family does and we have not had any health issues thus far. I agree and disagree with the article on certain points but more importantly to me is why would I care what anyone eats or doesn't eat! If you like meat then by all means eat it, if your vegan then don't. There is no need to go much further into the argument beyond that.

Gyula (not verified)
on Jun 30, 2014

Is it not simply the case that everybody is different and if they are that concerned about optimal health, then going to a professional to develop a specialized, individual diet would be best.
All this bickering is nonsense, veganism/vegetarianism may work for some but not for all. Same goes for being a "meat-eater".
Going to a nutritionist, naturpath, or a health practitioner of some sort may give you more insight to what is best suited for your particular body type and system.

THE MONK (not verified)
on Aug 7, 2014


Do you see buddhist monks being UNHEALTHY, WEAK and having LOW QUALITY OF LIFE by any means?

You don't need any case study or university research to observe this, it's just a matter of simple basic observation.

ReadiT (not verified)
on Sep 2, 2014

You get money from meat industry to lie the facts that is for sure

Sara (not verified)
on Sep 6, 2014

I have been a vegetarian my whole life! I look and feel way younger than any of my same age friends. I am super healty and full of energy, i hike, surf, bike, and ski frequently

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