Carrie Rowland wrote:
> On Wed, 5 Apr 2000, Michael S. Lorrey wrote:
> > The only errors are by omission. The types of meat compared against are
> > typically corn-fed farm raised sources. I've found that no matter what the
> > animal, raising it on corn is going to turn it into a dietary killing machine
> You're right, where the meat comes from can be very important for what
> sort of nutritional value it will have. Free range is so much
> better...for the health, for the environment, and for the animals (if
> you care about those sorts of things).
As a lover of nature, I do. As a person who spends much time there (as
opposed to an ignorant city slicker who just talks the talk and goes to
PETA protests), I do. And, healthy animals make for healthy food. I'm
with the OTHER PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals....
> I'm vegetarian (for nearly nine years now) although I have tried going
> vegan without much success. I became vegetarian for mainly ethical reasons,
> but my take on the health side of things is that meat really doesn't do
> anything wonderful for you. Fat content aside, meat contains no fiber,
> and since the body can store only a certain amount of protein at a time,
> often the excess leads to calcium being depleted. I've seen statistics
> that vegetarians do indeed live longer and are slimmer than meat-eaters.
> I'm skeptical of any statistics, but nevertheless I have enjoyed good
> health being veggie.
I don't put value in being slim, and historically, slimmness has not
been a sign of fitness or health, even dating back into pre-history.
Anyone who thinks slimness is a virtue in and of itself has been
programmed by one too many popular culture magazines and commercials.
Looking at mortality stats, the fact is that thin people have a higher
mortality than normal or slightly heavy people (though obese people do
have the highest mortality). Get rid of your Ms. Magazines and start
living to be happy, not to meet some social standard.
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