What if I only ate meat

How healthy is meat?

“The persistent meat consumer is the male proll” was the headline of “Welt-Online” recently. We find that very exaggerated and even discriminatory. Meat has been demonized in Germany since the Tönnies scandal, and not without good reason.

Under the unfriendly heading "The Germans have no food culture" has the "Time" magazine an interview with the nutritional psychologist Johann Christoph Klotter, Professor at the state-funded Fulda University of Applied Sciences, for meat consumption released.

Klotter says: “In France, as far as I know, around 30 percent of income is spent on food, in Germany it is 13 percent. The Germans have no food culture, he thinks "World Author" Don Alphonso for sheer nonsense and takes that Professor apart.

In fact, humans have been eating meat for around 2.5 million years. But does that have to be so much nowadays?

A total of around 750 million animals slaughtered: nearly 630 million chickens, 60 million pigs, 40 million turkeys, 25 million ducks and more than three million cattle.

At Statista you can look it up: In the year 2019 the human consumption of added up flesh on around 59.5 kilograms per head. The total consumption, which takes into account the consumption of animal feed, industrial recycling and product losses, added up to around 87.8 kilograms.

Germans eat too much meat on average

More precisely, every German citizen from toddlers to old men, consumed 5 kilograms of meat a month. The German Society for Nutrition (DGE) recommends meat moderately to eat a total of no more than 300-500 grams of meat and sausage per week for an adult. That would be a maximum of 1.2 to 2 kilograms per month.

For comparison: In Bangladesh, India and Burundi there are only 4 kg, 4.4 kg and 5.2 kg per person yearly eaten. Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and the United States are the countries in which, however, am most of the meat eaten becomes. According to FAO (Food and Agriculture Organizationof the United Nations), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, will global meat consumption will double to up to 465 million tons per year by 2050. That is a terrifying forecast.

Too much meat can make you sick

The daily consumption of meat however, it is not even in human nature. Many studies suggest that excessive meat consumption increases Risk of heart attack, high blood pressure and high cholesterol entails, but also Type 2 diabetes and even Colon cancer has been associated with frequent meat consumption.

But first and foremost, meat is a good supplier for high-quality biological nutrients. It contains protein, iron, zinc, selenium and B group vitamins such as vitamin B1 (thiamine, especially in pork), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B12 and is therefore a valuable food.

However, the Consumer advice center to the following: "There is no need to eat meat for a healthy dietbecause all the nutrients it contains are also found in other foods ”.

In the current situation, there is also the fact that many consumers are very insecure and wonder whether they could become infected with the corona virus after the incidents in the slaughterhouses in Tönnies and Wiesenhof through purchased meat and meat products. The Consumer advice center rates the risk as low and gives tips on how to handle meat properly.

  1. There is currently no scientific knowledge that people can become infected with the corona virus through contact with or consumption of contaminated food.
  2. For some packaged meat products, if you want to know which slaughterhouse your meat comes from, you can use the oval identity label on the packaging.
  3. With the 5-digit approval number you can determine the operation via a database of the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL).

The German Nutrition Society (DGE) recommends in their "10 rules" to eat and drink mainly plant-based foods for wholesome food and drink and sees animal foods - i.e. dairy products, meat, eggs and fish - only as a supplement to the selection. However, that does not mean that you have to do without meat completely, because the amount is decisive - in moderation, the consumption of meat is okay.

The World Health Organization (WHO) cancer researcher attribute a carcinogenic potential to certain types of meat, according to a statement published at the end of October 2015. This is especially true for processed meatsuch as sausage and ham. A high consumption of red meat is also associated with an increased risk of cancer, says the consumer advice center.

For a more detailed explanation: With processed meat is meant that which is made durable for example by salting, fermenting, smoking or curing - like Salami, ham or sausages. With these meat products, the scientists are certain that they can cause cancer and therefore classify them as the Group 1 "carcinogenic" to.

Unprocessed red meat (Muscle meat from beef, pork, sheep, horse or goat) the researchers in Group 2 A - "probably carcinogenic" - classified. But they also write that there is no need to unduly worry or panic because, as with almost everything, it does on the amount of.

Animal welfare also suffers

The discounters and supermarkets in Germany offer their customers at the ridiculous price of 5.70 euros one kilo of pork and a lot of it is eaten. The animals are only six months old, but could live up to ten years.

The legislature sees for a 100 kilos of pigs also have just 0.75 square meters of housing area. We should and agree on it - this is a unworthy and sad life for the animals. It no longer has anything to do with animal welfare.

More and more people are vegan

Away from the meat crisis is the motto now for not too few consumers. Vegan sausage instead of cheap steak is the new motto. More and more vegetarian and vegan meat substitute products are now coming onto the market: The health-conscious do not want to go any further from the wide range of industrial foods to be seduced and especially the vegans emphasize that animal welfare is important to them.

The Albert Schweizer Foundation writes: "The most common way to Veganism introduces the ethically motivated vegetarian nutrition: Vegetarians eat no meat and no fishbecause they do not want to be responsible for the killing / slaughter of animals ”.

In addition, vegans usually pay close attention to their health and attach great importance to exercise. Over a million people in Germany are now vegan and the number is steadily increasing.

Plant-based foods contain no cholesterol, no saturated fat, fewer calories and instead a lot of fiber, vitamins and other substances such as the antioxidant and cancer-inhibiting polyphenols, emphasized Markus Keller, who graduated from the Fachhochschule des Mittelstandes in 2018 first professor of vegan nutrition was called. “But with certain Nutrients there may be an unsatisfactory supply, ”warns Markus Keller.

Due to the total renouncement of animal products, there are no Vegans not infrequently protein, vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and minerals that cannot be produced by the body itself. These are mainly found in foods of animal origin.

It is also important to note: Also in the vegan segment Flavor additives, flavor enhancers such as glutamate, around Meat flavor to pretend to be used - one should know that. Nevertheless, the trend towards vegan nutrition will continue and it is only just beginning. The Scientific Research has shown that the health benefits increase when the amount of animal-based foods in the diet is reduced, what makes the vegan diet the healthiest overall. The vegan business magazine reports on the running meter about the latest developments on the vegan market.

Meat from the printer

A company from Israel has developed a 3D printer for steaks that can be used to make steaks from vegetable material consist. The steaks should look, feel and taste like an original. The vegan meat will soon be tested in restaurants. Cheers.

And so it goes on: The starts with a two-stage, Europe-wide study on the acceptance and distribution of plant-based foods University of Hohenheim from the EIT (European Institute of Innovation & Technology) funded communication project.

Stay healthy, eat healthy, and all in moderation!