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Government recommends less meat consumption

Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 12:06 pm

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Many Americans have their reasons for being upset at the U.S. government.
Some women want a better wage equality. Some members in the LGBT community want to be more accepted. Some people want the immigration system fixed so folks can have a easier and quicker path to becoming U.S. citizens. And the list goes on…
The latest group under attack is the “meat-eaters” who live in our country. I know this is a silly comparison but obviously this group makes up nearly the entire U.S. population.
You know who you are? The person who likes a good hamburger every once in a while. The person who likes to get a nice steak when eating out at a restaurant. The person who buys ground beef in order to make tacos or taco salad for your big family.
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) released a report this week for the USDA Department of Health & Human Services.
One of the report’s findings includes a recommendation from the DGAC for the new American diet to be “lower in red and processed meat.” Reading further in the report makes you wonder if they almost want Americans to eliminate meat completely from their daily diets. What’s crazy is their definition doesn’t include just red meats. They define “total meat” consumption as “meat, sausage, fish, eggs, red meat, processed meat, and poultry.”
So even the chicken is getting thrown under the bus. This isn’t pointed out in many of the articles I’ve read since the release of this report.
Instead of meat, the DGAC suggests Americans eat more seafood and legumes.
Dr. Richard Thorpe, a Texas physician and rancher, went on record with to express his frustration with the report.
“Legumes should be a mainstay of an American diet?” Thorpe said in an interview. He added that it would take a “wheelbarrow full of spinach” to meet the same amount of iron in a serving of beef.
He added that iron found in beef is not equal to iron in spinach, and that beef’s iron is more absorbable.
While admittedly many Americans might want to reconsider a diet full of McDonald’s hamburgers, it’s also important to remember that there are nutrients in meat that we really can’t find elsewhere.
It’s very hard to duplicate the protein benefits of meat by eating more legumes or nuts.
Another crazy spin on this report is a tie in to the environmental effect of “meat-eaters.”
A June 2014 study in the “Climate Change” journal found the average meat-eater in the U.S. is responsible for almost twice as much global warming as the average vegetarian and almost triple of an average vegan.
A separate Oxford study went so far as to say cutting a person’s meat intake could cut a person’s “carbon footprint” by 35%.
When you’re studying the environmental impact of meat-eaters against vegetarians, I think it’s obvious our government officials are going overboard.
I think it’s time for them to stop pushing these agendas down our throats.
And now they literally want to take my meat off my fork.
I don’t get the opportunity to eat steak much.
It is only on special occasions that my wife and I go out to eat and I can’t wait to get myself a steak.
I will duke it out with the government if they come and try to take my piece of steak off my fork. It might get ugly…
What’s also scary about the government’s attack on the meat industry is the DGAC’s recommendations are used to formulate school menus for our kids.
It will be very interesting to see just how much meat our kids will be eating at school in the next five years due to this report.
In fairness to the DGAC they are trying to formulate recommendations to attack some big problems.
They cite that about half of all American adults—117 million individuals—have one or more preventable, chronic diseases that are related to poor quality dietary patterns and physical inactivity, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes.
More than two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and youth are overweight or obese, further exacerbating poor health profiles and increasing risks for chronic diseases.
It is important for all of us to change our diets.
We all need to be eating more fruits and vegetables while cutting down on sugary sodas and salty, fatty snack foods.
While we should be cautious on what I might call unusual amounts of meat consumption, meat has and always should be an important part of our diet.
God gave man dominion over the animals and one of the blessings we get from this relationship is the opportunity to survive physically through our consumption of meat.
While we need to take a better inventory of what we put in our bodies on a daily basis, we should also remember to get the important nutrients our body needs every day, like proteins.