An ex-vegan is calling on people to cut out plant-based diets and eat more offal, arguing that meat is environmentally friendly, provided it is from sustainable sources.
Former U.S. research biochemist Robb Wolf, who co-authored the book Sacred Cow: The Case for (Better) Meat with dietitian Diana Rodgers, suffered from ulcerative colitis, a long-term condition in which the colon and rectum become inflamed while on a vegan diet to follow.
He had to have a bowel resection and was given statins, blood pressure medications and antidepressants, but then switched to a protein-rich paleo diet, which includes lean meats and fish, as well as fruits and vegetables, and his problems were resolved within months.
He and Diana, who also improved her digestive problems due to celiac disease by switching from gluten-free packaged foods to ‘whatever meat and vegetables I have in the house,’ claim that eating good meat can be good for you and the planet .
Robb Wolf, from the US, suffered from ulcerative colitis, a long-term condition in which the colon and rectum become inflamed while on a vegan diet
Speak to the Daily telegram, they explained, that people “have not evolved into vegan” and that animal proteins “are healthy and should be consumed.”
Our teeth can break down meat, while we also have smaller intestines – the part of the gut that breaks down fiber – than other primates.
Cutting meat from our diet can lead to iron deficiencies, with the pair pointing out that a woman should consume two whole cans of cooked chickpeas (510 g) per day to meet their RDA. On the other hand, they could only eat 80 g of pork liver.
In addition, the body absorbs up to 20 percent of the iron in red meat, compared to up to 4.7 percent in plants.
Robb had to have a bowel resection and was given statins, blood pressure medications and antidepressants, but then switched to a protein-rich paleo diet, which includes lean meats and fish, as well as fruits and vegetables, and his problems were solved within months
Dietitian Diana Rodgers says people have “ not evolved to be vegan, ” claiming animal proteins are healthy and “ should be consumed. ”
Robb and Diana also pointed out that plant foods don’t contain as much protein per calorie as meat, either; to get 30g of protein, you would have to consume 640 calories of beans compared to 137 calories of fish.
According to government guidelines, your protein consumption should be 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight. For an average sitting woman, this is about 46 g of protein per day (56 g for men).
Protein is essential for your body to maintain muscle mass, especially if you exercise regularly, and help keep your immune system, hormone production, hair and nails healthy.
Although Robb and Diana are deeply concerned about climate change, they believe that things like fast fashion and single-use culture are more to blame than well-designed meat consumption
While they recognize that going vegan can be good for some people’s diets, especially if they ate a lot of processed foods before, they advocate consuming sustainably sourced meat and suggest eating more offal, which is nutritious and cheap.
Robb and Diana’s book states that well-elevated meat is good for you
Both support traditional livestock farming when it comes to breeding animals such as pigs and livestock.
Diana applies ‘regenerative farming’ – farming and grazing practices that claim to reverse climate change by restoring soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – at her Massachusetts organic vegetable farm.
Urine and feces from grazing sheep, goats and chickens add nutrients and microbes to the soil and ‘fertility’ for plants such as kale, while also removing residues once the crops are harvested.
“Soil needs blood and guts,” she told the Daily Telegraph, adding that a return to using kitchen scraps to feed livestock would reduce the need for land to grow grain for this purpose.
The pair also highlighted a 2018 study that claimed that cows that spend their entire lives on pasture offset their CO2 emissions thanks to the carbon they help put in the soil.
Robb and Diana are deeply concerned about climate change, but they believe that things like fast fashion and single-use culture are more to blame than well-planned meat consumption.