Myth No. 1: You Should Eat Meat Every Day

Should we stop eating meat?

Humans always ate meat and as we know from the history, meat was not only an essential meal, it was closely associated with mythological and religious perception of ancient people. There are still some peoples for whom meat has a deep mythological sense.

However, it is a myth that humans are naturally meant to eat meat. Avoiding meat for a long period of time is not only acceptable, it is beneficial for our health. In many cultures, we may see a significant reduction in meat-eating.

While people today try to avoid eating meat for religious reasons, this tradition is actually very old. Humans stopped eating meat when they did not have any religions. Then what did cause them to avoid meat? Some scientists believe that humans imitated the behavior of animals. It is surprising how predators, even domestic predators, sometimes refuse to eat meat and start eating plants which is contrary to their nature.

A diet which is primarily based on animal meat disrupts the intestinal microflora. This is true for both humans and animals. But the consequences for carnivore diet are much worse for the humans because unlike predators we have a very long intestinal tract and food remnants tend to remain there and rot.

Putrefactive bacteria are generated during decomposition of animal protein and they drive out useful bifido- and lactobacteria which reside in a healthy colon. These useful bacteria are essential for a healthy immune system and they have an anti-tumor effect. What is more important, putrefactive bacteria by-products are toxic for the human body and cause many diseases. Some scientists believe that these bacteria reduce the life span of a human being. The World Health Organisation (WHS) recently declared that meat might cause cancer and putrefactive microflora triggers its carcinogenic potential. This news caused quite a stir to the world.

Eating a lot of meat and healthy intestinal microflora are two things incompatible. You make it even worse if you do not incorporate enough of fiber into your diet. In this case, you risk of developing colon cancer. Fiber is found in many fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and legumes. So make sure you have fiber in your everyday diet.

Fasting, or temporary abstinence from meat and following mainly a plant-based diet, is a good way to restore gut balance and improve digestive health. It is important not just to stop eating meat but start eating high-fiber plant foods. There is no sense in avoiding meat if you are going to substitute it with white bread, cookies, potatoes, and other fiber-free foods. A low-fiber diet is not good for bifido- and lactobacteria. In this case, your meat avoidance will not help you to restore gut balance.

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