We are constantly being told what we should and should not be eating. Foods that were once considered healthy are now seen as harmful and the advice always seems to be changing. One of the biggest debates is whether or not we should be eating meat and dairy.
Humans eat more meat than any other primate, and it is widely considered to have supported the evolution of our large brains. Meat is a good source of essential nutrients, protein, and fats. But while our ancestors had to hunt for their food, ours is delivered in cellophane wrapping. A lot of the meat we eat today has also been highly processed, to make it easier to digest.
In addition to more meat being available, we now have plenty of other ways to access essential nutrients. A Gallup poll in 2018 found that 5 percent of Americans identified as being vegetarian, with a further 3 percent identifying as vegan. For many, this dietary choice is based on concerns over animal welfare and the environment. But increasingly, people are turning away from meat for their health.
Numerous studies have been conducted on how eating animal products can affect a person’s health, but the results have been inconsistent. So what does eating meat and dairy really do to our bodies?
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