Reasons Why You Don’t Want to be a Vegetarian
Meat is Your ONLY Source of
These Must-Have Nutrients
By Dr Alan Sears
When I ask my
university students if they’re vegetarians or meat eaters at least
two-thirds of the class claims to be vegetarians. But most of them
admit to eating fish, poultry and dairy products.
thinking is common to vegetarians. Even nutrition students are
misinformed. Avoiding red meat doesn’t make you a vegetarian… and it
doesn’t make you any healthier.
bottom line: If you follow a true “vegetarian” no-meat diet, you may
be robbing yourself of three critical nutrients you need to stay
Today I’ll show
you how this happens and how you can avoid it. I’ll also give you
easy-to-follow guidelines for safely enjoying the kind of red meat
your ancestors thrived on.
Vegetarian Diet There’s a 93% Chance
You’re Not Getting Enough Zinc
beef, you are over 7 times more likely to suffer a zinc deficiency.
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And that’s bad
news. As a mineral, zinc is second only to iron in concentrations in
the body. It helps in the production of hundreds of enzymes that are
responsible for regulating your bodily functions.
The prostate has the highest concentration of zinc in the body. And
a deficiency has been linked to inflammation of the prostate known
Zinc also has many anti-aging benefits. It is essential for making
superoxide dismutase (SOD), the most potent antioxidant that
your body has. It also gives your skin a more youthful look. Zinc is
essential for your body to use collagen which makes your skin more
resilient and elastic – to fight off wrinkles and saggy skin.
Zinc also keeps your vision sharp by transporting vitamin A to the
retina, improving night vision. And it protects retinal cells from
free radical damage while helping to slow down the progression of
age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
The list of zinc’s crucial role in your health is long, including:
- Promote a
healthy immune system
- Growth of
acne and regulate the activity of oil glands
- Aid in
protein synthesis and collagen formation
reproduction and wound healing
of taste and smell
the liver from chemical damage
both vitamin E and vitamin A in the blood
the amount of copper absorbed
is just the start of “veggie-only” dangers. There are two other
critical nutrients you only get from red meat…
Beef Robs You of Energy …
You’ve heard me
talk about it before: CoQ10 is vital to your heart’s survival.
in your body uses CoQ10
for high-octane energy. And your heart needs massive amounts
of energy to pump blood… around the clock… every day.
I hope you’re
paying attention, vegetarians, because red meat is the ONLY dietary
source of heart-critical CoQ10.
In my own
practice I see it all the time… vegetarians with critically low
levels of this vital nutrient.
CoQ10 is not
only vital to your heart’s ability to pump blood, it’s essential to
life itself. That’s because every single organ in your
body uses CoQ10 to get the energy they need to function. And if
you don’t eat red meat, you’re not getting enough from your food.
third critical nutrient missing from vegetarian diets: Vitamin B12.
The body uses
B12 to create red blood cells. It also helps maintain the nervous
system, and is critical for brain health. B12 forms a protective
layer around the nerve cells in your brain. Without that protective
layer your brain can’t function properly.
cause memory loss, “brain fog” or worse… not to mention anemia and
neuropathy where the degeneration of nerve fibers causes
irreversible neurological damage.
vegetarians admit you can’t get reliable dietary sources of B12 from
anything but animal sources like liver, fish, eggs and meat.
versus Real Science
ideas are not backed by real science. Many are simply myths or urban
legends. And some of them are dangerous.
Here are a few
cause heart disease –
Studies have shown that the plaque in arteries that causes heart
disease is mostly made of unsaturated fats, especially
polyunsaturated ones (in vegetable oil), not the saturated
fat of animals like vegetarians believe.2
In fact, the
body needs saturated fats to be able to use other key nutrients,
like fatty-acids and fat-soluble vitamins.
live longer and have more energy –
This one is misleading… The reports
of vegetarians living longer are likely due to the fact that most of
them also choose to exercise, eat less junk food, and not smoke.
study on heart disease by Russell Smith, PhD. showed that when the
consumption of animal products increased, mortality rates decreased!3
study by Burr and Sweetnam in 1982, revealed that, although
vegetarians did have a slightly lower (0.11%) rate of heart disease
than meat eaters (again, probably due to other healthy choices), the
overall death rate was much higher for vegetarians!4
In spite of the
evidence, religious and politically correct groups continue to
perpetuate the myth that meat-eating peoples have shorter life
evolved as vegetarians –
Think so? Here’s a fact: There are NO native vegetarians.
Every native culture known to man – both past and present – has
prized meat above all else.
You can start
by looking at the modern equivalents to our ancestors. There are
many native people today who live in a fashion similar to our cave
man ancestors, and they have much lower rates of heart disease and
other degenerative conditions than we do. What are they
eating? Lots of animal fats.
- Take the
Aborigines of Australia. They eat a diet rich in animal
products, and are renowned for their longevity (at least before
Western diets entered the picture).5
report remarkably old ages among the Eskimos or Inuit (again,
before western influence) who eat large quantities of whale and
- How about
the Russians of the Caucasus mountains? They live to great ages
eating fatty pork and whole raw milk products.
- Then there
are the Hunzas, who are legendary for their robust health and
longevity. They eat large portions of goat’s milk which has
higher saturated fat content than cow’s milk.7
Yet, the mostly
vegetarian Hindus of southern India have the shortest life spans in
the world! That’s partly because of a lack of food, but also because
of a distinct lack of animal protein in their diets.8
The bottom line: Vegetarians say that a diet of meat and animal fat
leads to a premature death. Anthropological data from primitive
societies do not support that claim.9
Here’s a common vegetarian misconception I would find laughable
if it weren’t for how tragic the results can be:
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You can get
what you need by substituting meat and dairy with soy –
Hello? Has anyone preaching the
“vegetarian gospel” even read the facts?
fermented soy foods like miso, tamari, tempeh and natto are
definitely healthful in certain amounts, but the super-processed soy
products that most vegetarians consume are not. This is because
unfermented soy is high in phytic acid.10
That’s an anti-nutrient that actually binds to minerals and
carries them out of your body!
known for their tendency to be mineral deficient. And the high grain
and legume-based diet, which are full of phytates, is to blame.11,
Just look at
the nutrition of soy. Like all legumes it’s low in cysteine,
methionine, and tryptophan, all vital amino acids. Worse, soybeans
contain no vitamin A or D, both of which are needed by the
body to absorb the beans’ proteins!13
Check this out.
Here are three key nutrients the body needs for optimal health. This
chart shows beef versus vegetarian sources. You be the judge.
Vegetarian Foods Contain ZERO B12 and CoQ10
Pinto Beans (1/2cup)
Black Beans (1/2cup)
Peanut Butter (2T)
Source: U.S. Department of
Agriculture; Iowa State University
Soy is no
substitute for meat. Not only does soy rob you of essential
nutrients, it can actually damage your health. Soy has high levels
of phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens feed tumors and can destroy your
cognitive function. And they can severely affect development in
children. Parents who feed their infants soy-based formula are
feeding them the hormonal equivalent of 5 birth-control pills a
Don’t Like to Admit It, but We Were All Born to Eat Meat
Simple fact is
our ancestors thrived on meat. It’s part of the metabolism that is
in your DNA. It’s perfectly natural to crave it, and to want to sink
your teeth into a juicy steak. Don’t let myths or political
correctness make you feel guilty about that.
Your body is
telling you what you need. But you need to get real meat, not
the poor excuse for meat that big corporations are shrink-wrapping
for your local grocers.
is a much better option… It has a potent nutritional value, and is
packed with CoQ10, zinc and vitamin B12 – and it has the proper
ratio of omega fatty-acids. Commercial grain-fed cattle is poisonous
5 Simple Guidelines for Finding High-Quality Beef
beef is growing in popularity so you may find it at one of your
local grocery stores. Places like Whole Foods usually have a
wide selection of grass-fed meats, and they are often locally
- The best
option I’ve found is
US Wellness Meats sells quality grassland meat products - Visit us Online! I’ve been buying from them for years and I know the
owner personally. Their quality is exceptional and they have a
number of other raw and grass-fed products on hand. Their
butters and cheeses are out-of-this-world delicious. By the way…
when you order on line, your order is shipped to you by
overnight mail – and your food is never compromised.
- If you
can’t get grass-fed, your best bet is beef raised without
hormones or antibiotics. This meat will most likely be grain-fed
but it’s widely available and clearly marked on the package.
Usually grocery stores will separate this meat from the rest. If
you’re unsure, just ask someone behind the meat counter and
they’ll point it out if they have it. And don’t be shy about
striking up a conversation… even if your grocery store doesn’t
sell grass-fed or hormone-free beef they can often tell you
where to find it.
- If you’re
not sure about the quality, here’s a simple rule of thumb: the
cheaper the meat, the more contaminated it’s likely to be. When
you see those super-saver sales… like the kind advertised on TV
or stuffed into your mailbox at home, you can assume that it’s
grain-fed and pumped full of every chemical and hormone known to
man. It doesn’t pay to eat cheap meat.
- Same rule
applies when you’re going out to eat… meat from fast food
restaurants is the worst. Especially those places offering you
an entire burger or sandwich for 79 cents or whatever their
offer of the moment happens to be. It’s poison.
If you’re still
not convinced that a vegetarian diet is a disaster waiting to
happen, you need to be vigilant about your supplements. You need a
full range of B vitamins, minerals and a powerful CoQ10 source –
preferably the reduced ubiquinol you find in my
This is critical… no exceptions.
I recommend a
homocysteine-reducing formula for your B vitamins, as they usually
have a powerful blend of the ones you need most. They’re easy to
find at your local vitamin store. For minerals – aside from zinc – I
recommend you take chromium, selenium and boron. You can find them
at vitamin or health food stores. Just follow the directions on the
For boron I
recommend taking 3 to 6 mg a day. Selenium you should get at least
55 micrograms a day, and for chromium, 100 to 200 micrograms a day.
vegetarians should have regular blood tests to protect against
deficiency – especially for CoQ10. Many of my vegetarian patients
have low CoQ10 levels, (1 mcg/ml or below). Try and at least double
that. And for therapeutic levels, shoot for 3 to 4 mcg/ml.
If your doctor
won’t order a test for CoQ10, you can go to Quest labs. You can find
a location near you by searching their website:
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