Meat making a comeback in the center of the plate

by Kimberlie Clyma
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Meat is making its way back to the center of the plate with carnivorous diets.

KANSAS CITY — Jumpstarting the new year with a new diet or exercise program is nothing new. After celebrating on New Year’s Eve and capping off what is, for many, a months-long indulgent holiday season, many consumers annually vow to repent by frequenting the gym and committing to more waist-friendly eating habits. Many of these promises are thrown out before Valentine’s Day, and yet the annual tradition continues. 2018 will be no different. 

Deciding which diet plan to follow can be a daunting task and often means giving up many food favorites. But with many of today’s top diet and eating trends focusing on eating protein rather than avoiding it, meat no longer has to be sacrificed in the name of healthful eating.

Paleo, primal, ketogenic, Whole30 – all these eating plans have one thing in common: meat-based eating. While they aren’t meat-only diets or eating plans, each program allows and even encourages eating meat.

Paleo diet
The Paleo diet allows only for the consumption of foods that are assumed to have been around during the Paleolithic era.

The Paleo (or Paleolithic) diet – also referred to as the caveman or Stone Age diet – allows only for the consumption of foods that are assumed to have been around during the Paleolithic era. It includes vegetables, fruits, nuts, roots and, of course, meat. Those following the plan avoid dairy products, grains, sugar, legumes, processed oils, salt, alcohol, coffee and all processed foods.

The primal diet – often called the cousin of the Paleo diet – is very similar with its dos and don’ts. It, too, focuses on eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds and healthy fats, but it adds raw and fermented dairy products, such as raw cheese and kefir, to its permitted foods list. Natural sweeteners, such as raw honey and pure maple syrup, are also permitted. Wild game and venison, including deer and elk, are the preferred sources for meat because they are more like those that were consumed in the Stone Ages. The primal diet also encourages consumption of grass-fed and organically produced over conventional meats.

The ketogenic diet, originally developed to treat epilepsy in children, is a high-fat, moderate protein and low carbohydrate diet. Because of the low consumption of carbohydrates as a part of this eating plan, the body is forced to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. The liver will convert fat into fatty acids and ketones, which replace glucose as an energy source – a state called ketosis. When followed correctly, the body will ideally start burning more fat, which may lead to weight loss. Ketogenic friendly foods include meats and eggs, leafy greens, above-ground vegetables, high-fat dairy, nuts and seeds, avocados and berries, sweeteners such as stevia and erythritol and fats like coconut oil.

Ketogenic meal
The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, moderate protein and low carbohydrate diet.

Whole30 is different than a typical diet in that it is not intended to be followed on a long-term basis. It is considered a 30-day nutritional reset in which certain foods are eliminated from the diet for 30 days in an effort to help people identify food sensitivities and end the cravings of unhealthy foods like processed sugars.

The basics of the Whole30 program involve eating moderate portions of meat, seafood and eggs, lots of vegetables, some fruit and plenty of natural fats, herbs, spices and seasonings. No dairy, sugar (artificial or real), alcohol, grains, legumes, carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. The “whole” in Whole30 refers to eating non-processed foods. The program emphasizes eating foods with very few ingredients or better yet, no ingredients listed at all. After 30 days, people may reintroduce some of the forbidden foods back into the diet after hopefully eliminating the body’s former cravings for processed, unhealthy foods.

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By Daina 1/21/2018 10:19:53 AM
Why is this article suggesting that meat is a sustainable form of eating? It is scientifically proven that we must reduce our meat intake for environmental purposes. It is absolutely NOT the sustainable way of eating. It is an easy way of consuming protein without a varied diet of plant-based protein. Suggesting eating more meat is familiar to people who are defensive of their eating habits and unwilling to give up a staple of the American diet - animal products. Vitamin B12 is NOT the most deficient nutrient in the American diet. That is ridiculous - Americans eat FAR too many animal-based products. It is vegans/vegetarians who may be deficient in Vitamin B12 (and those who do their research will learn that it is the one supplement that must be taken. All other nutrients are abundant by eating a balanced plant-based diet). Obviously, this is "Food Business News" and the meat industry will continue to use their marketing budgets to push meat and try to keep having Americans consume unnecessary amounts. Very few can afford healthy, clean, organic, grass-fed meat - an article like this gives the Green Light for consumers to eat more meat, even if it's poor-quality products that lead to health issues.

By Cole Not Insane Snowflake 1/18/2018 11:47:59 AM
I’m not even going to dignify Miss Reynolds comment with a response as it was nothing more than incoherent drivel to say the least. Per the scientifically proven data from the insane pro-meat freaks at the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), “A complete protein (or whole protein) is a source of protein that contains an adequate proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for the dietary needs of humans. According to the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly called the Institute of Medicine (IoM), complete proteins are supplied by meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, quinoa, or soybean.” Of course, they are entirely driven by their asinine agenda of accurately informing the general public on nothing more than the scientific data (aka the facts) for pure the sake of allowing them to use said data to obtain a more complete and healthy diet which, as all non-ignorant humans know, is proven to be the most vital aspect in determining one’s life-little long health, happiness and overall quality of life. I’m with Miss Reynolds in wishing that we could live in a world where people/companies only put 100% legitimate and unbiased information out to the masses instead of spewing complete nonsense about how some density rich animal protein is healthy and not in some way blatantly blasphemous due to the countless lives being lost from the murder of millions of defenseless and sacred animals worldwide purely for selfish human consumption. Do we seriously need to consider jailing all of these murderous farmers and owners/employees of these corporations whom are nearly single-handily destroying the harmonious and delicate balance of nature?

By Daniel Reynolds 1/15/2018 9:14:15 AM
Meat is not healthy. There is no such thing as a "complete" protein. Google it, it is a myth. The people are obviously pushing a meat based agenda. Meat company's focus? Your focus should be on the lives of the animals arbitrarily slaughtered so these people can aquire capital. Your "business" isn't more important than an animals life. Please don't support animal abuse.