Captain Rex reporting. I have on question to ask? Why do vegans/vegetarians hate on meat so much? Why do they consider meat to be as terrible as drugs? I just don't get it. I just don't get why meat is so demonized. To me, the belief that all meat is unhealthy is just a myth. Meat is actually some of the most nutritionally dense foods in the world. We were biologically designed by Mother Nature to eat both plants and animals. Our digestive system is built like that of a typical carnivore and we have canine teeth which is used for tearing into chunks of flesh. There are also some vital nutrients found in animal products that can't be found in any plant-based food. B12 for instance, can only be found in animal products and it's involved in the development of red blood cells, maintenance of nerves, and keeping the brain functioning properly. The only way to be able to obtain B12 from a vegan diet would have to be either consuming products fortified with the vitamin or taking supplements. Alsp, if you take a look at the Okinawans in Japan for example, they live in an isolated island chain off the coast of Japan. So it makes sense that they would eat fish as a primary staple of their diet. But guess what? They are known for living extremely healthy lifestyles so it's not uncommon for individuals to exceed over a hundred years of age. Crazy, isn't it? If you take a good look at us Americans, it's the exact opposite. Words can't even describe how sad our nation has become in terms of health and diet. Now, one reason why I think vegans/vegetarians demonize meat so much has to do with those vague studies which link eating meat with an increased cancer risk. The problem with those studies is that their only observational. They can't actually prove the cause. They can only prove that there's a relationship involved. It largely depends on what type of meat you eat and how you cook it. For example, there's not enough evidence which proves that processed meat such as sausage and bacon actually causes cancer. Like I mentioned above, there's only a correlation, it doesn't necessarily mean that's the cause. There may be other factors as well. However, it is wise to either ditch processed meats for good or simply just limit consumption simply due to their high saturated fat and sodium content. They also contain sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite which aren't necessarily bad on it's own since they are mostly found in vegetables like lettuce and cabbage for example. However, nitrites combined with amino acids can form nitrosamines which is a carcinogen that occurs during high heat cooking. Nitrosamines are pretty much the reason why red and processed meats are often blamed for causing cancer. The best way to minimize nitrosamine exposure without giving up meat entirely would have to be cooking at a much lower temperature. Besides, burnt meat is the worst! Anyways, on to the meat (pun intended) of the topic: animal rights. By far the biggest reason why people would start going vegan has to be because they just don't like eating animals or anything that comes from an animal. I can totally see that. I love animals too but I wouldn't go as far as to give up animal products entirely and go plant-based. Instead, I would much rather buy ethically sourced animal products from local, humane farms instead of factory farmed products. Because yes, I am aware of the horrors that go on inside those factories. I do think that the way those animals are treated is just beyond cruel and it's just very heartbreaking. So I would always try to opt for Free-Range, Grass Fed, Organic, Hormone, and Anti-biotic Free. I know that if I really do love animals, then I should go plant-based, right? Actually no, I don't really think it's for me. I'm a growing adolescent and I am also a bodybuilder so I'm going to need to eat meat since those are a complete source of protein. Yes, I do know that beans, lentils, and nuts are a source of protein but plant-based proteins aren't actually complete. Unlike animal proteins, plant-based proteins don't have all the essential amino acids the body needs, therefore they're not actually complete. But despite this, it's definitely doable on a vegan/vegetarian diet. And now, on to the last argument: environmental health. I have to admit, veganism totally wins on this one. Unlike crop farming, agriculture is a lot more burdening to the planet. Not only does livestock production take up a lot more land and resources, but the methane released from cows also makes it one of the biggest contributors to global warming, along with fossil fuels and transport. But that doesn't necessarily mean that everyone should go plant-based though, at least not in my opinion anyways. Even just cutting back on meat by going "meatless" once a week can make a big difference, especially when more and more people do it. It's not as helpful to the environment as going plant-based, but it's still a step in the right direction to say the least. By the way, in case you're wondering, I'm a flexitarian. It's another form of omnivorism but it mainly focuses on cutting back on meat while emphasizing on fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, and whole grains. A flexitarian would also typically abstain from meat at least once a week or more. The reason I follow this diet is because to me, it's way less strict compared to say, going vegan or fruitarian which I find to be overly strict. You can also still reap the benefits from eating lots of veggies while also being able to enjoy meat as well! Anyways, this is the end of my discussion. I tried my best to do lots of research in order to back up my opinion so that I have weight in the argument. Let me know what your thoughts are about eating meat. Anyways, Captain Rex, out. P. S. this post took a damn long time to make. I had to do lots of research on this topic to make sure that I'm hopefully right about the points I was making. This is also probably one of the longest posts that I've ever made next to my first success story post.