We Evolved to Eat Meat but How Much Is Enough?Posted: June 26, 2012
NPR had an article today about eating meat and how much we should eat.
Good article but I disagree with the conclusion he reached; that it is best to only eat meat 2 to 3 times a week.
It IS better to limit meat consumption if you are going to consume feed lot meat because it is so toxic and contains unhealthy types of fat. But if you are going to eat grass fed organic meat then we should do so at every meal! The reason being if you remove the meat from each meal you are either replacing it with a lower quality protein, like tofu or other bean products. The other alternative is simply not eat much protein which puts most of your intake being carbohydrates, a prescription for weight gain, cardiovascular disease, cancer…and will leave you craving sugars and/or fats. I’m not saying fats are bad, 50% of our caloric intake should be from fats but it should be only from organic sources and from grass fed meat so that the fats contain the amounts of nutrients we need. That is not possible from corn fed animals.
It is vitally important for your health, especially your immune system, that you do not get more that 25% of your calories from carbs. ALL you have to choose from is carbs, proteins and fats. If you get too many carbs your body will not be satiated as you are missing nutrients, the brain tells you to keep eating. THAT is why we overeat.
50% of our calories should come from fats, healthy organic saturated fats. 30% from high quality proteins and 20% of carbs. ALL of those carbs should be from low glycemic vegetables and a small amount from fruit.
Here is a copy of the glycemic table to help you.