It is a pretty dispiriting time to be a meat lover. It seems impossible to open a newspaper or turn on the television without coming across some horrible expose of the evils of the meat industry or some health expert hectoring you about plant proteins and how these are preferable to those found in beef and pork. Fish was traditionally the healthy alternative for those who cannot give up eating animals, but now environmentalists warn about the plastic found in the ocean and how this can find its way inside the bodies of fish, which ultimately end up on your plate. However, despite all of this, it doesn’t seem likely that carnivores are going anywhere any time soon. Far too much of our food culture and much (in fast, most) of the best cuisine from across the world and throughout history includes meat.
New Trends in Meat Eating
But in world of increased health awareness that has seen all manner of innovative new health products and food alternatives pop-up, meat-eating habits have certainly not been immune to these prevailing trends. For example, it certainly improves the quality of meat when the animal has been raised in more natural conditions (rather than the factory farm hellscapes that many an anti-meat documentary has revealed), and we are typically more aware these days of the importance of eating lean meat and the dangers of processed meat.
So, in this brave new world of technologically advanced health products such as hydrogen water and companies, like Synergy Science, seeking to protect us against perils like EMF radiation, good old traditional meat still has its place. There is definitely such thing as healthy eating for meat lovers.
Healthy Meat-Eating Tips
So, what are the top tips for eating meat and doing so in a healthy and environmentally sustainable way? Here follows a few things to keep in mind:
Choose Less Fatty Cuts
This one is pretty obvious really. We all know the dangers of excess fat intake – we can all see the dangers of excess fat! But as well as piling on the pounds, you could also develop a range of other conditions if you become overweight. Accordingly, go for meat cuts labelled “lean”.
Cook it Differently
There are so many ways to cook a cut of meat and still have a top meal on your plate. To return to the point about fat, one of the ways you can cut this down (as well as the salt content) is to cook your meat by baking, braising, or stewing as opposed to roasting and frying. Doing so can significantly reduce the amount of fatty oil and salt in your meal.
Eat a Bit Less
Despite what some of the more politically motivated anti-meat activists might say, most health experts maintain that you can have a perfectly healthy diet that still includes meat. Nevertheless, they do also recommend that, to pull this off, you should eat a little less than is traditional – and then pick up the slack with plant-based food. As a rule of thumb, aim for your meat to take up around a quarter of your plate.
White Over Red
The dangers of red meat have been well-known for quite some time. The recommendation to focus more on chicken and rabbit instead of beef and pork has been a piece of advice that many of us are aware of. It still applies.
In conclusion, it should be stressed that, yes, it is perfectly possible to have a healthy diet that includes meat. Nonetheless, you might have to break a few old habits.