I have at least caught your attention by announcing that I certainly do not discourage eating meat. To be even more accurate, I actually encourage eating animals and animal by-products when the source of the animal in question has met some standards to allow it to qualify as healthy.

 

Just as you have been shown that you can have a healthy diet by eating organic fruits and vegetables, you can do the same when it comes to meat consumption—eat organic. Federal regulation for organic livestock certification requires the following:
  • The animal must be raised on certified organic land.
  • The animal must be fed organic feed free from antibiotics, growth hormones, animal by-products, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers.
  • No antibiotics or growth hormone can be administered. 
  • The animal must have outdoor access.
You do not and should not have to avoid meat. Let me go one step further by suggesting that organically raised, free-range, grass-fed livestock, particularly beef livestock, can actually qualify as a health food.
 
We will start that explanation by first discussing human anatomy. A human being has one stomach, and the digestive process essentially begins within it. The fruits and vegetables in our diet contain varying amounts of fiber, which is quite difficult or almost impossible to digest. Because of that difficulty, they leave the stomach virtually unaltered.
Much of the vitamin and mineral content of these fruits and vegetables reside within the fiber component of the product and pass through the entire digestive system virtually untouched whereupon they are presented to the colon for elimination.
 
It is a fact that we select vegetables based on their fiber content to assist in promoting elimination, especially in those who may suffer from constipation. It cannot be ignored, however, that because of the fact that vitamins and minerals contained in fruits and vegetables leave the body untouched, the nutritional benefit from them is, at best, minimal due to their fiber content.
 
In the animal world, beef livestock anatomically possess four stomachs, which contribute to an extremely long digestive transit time. Along that journey, full digestion of all fiber-containing vegetable products is complete. As a result, the full nutrient content of whatever was consumed by the animal is made available throughout the entire carcass of the animal.
 
It is because of this anatomical and physiological fact that eating beef, and in particular organic beef, is one of the few ways to obtain an abundance of naturally derived, fully assimilable vitamins and minerals through eating meat. It is for this reason that I often refer to a cow or steer as a walking salad bar. If you want to improve your retina health, try adding organic beef to your diet.

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