Many animal products, such as meat, dairy and eggs, have long been promoted as an essential part of the standard diet. The myths are that meat is the best source of protein to help with muscle building; dairy is said to be the best source of calcium for strong bones and teeth; and eggs are said to be a good source of protein as well as vitamins D and B12.
Although there is some truth to the above claims, new studies are coming out to prove that the above foods are NOT the best sources of nutrition for the human body. They may contain the highest amounts of the mentioned nutrients, but they also come with a lot of risks that often outweigh the benefits.
In moderation, and for someone with a healthy digestive tract, animal products might not pose a risk on health and may even be beneficial. However, for someone with an impaired digestive system or is in a state of poor health, animal products might not be such a good idea until the condition is resolved. Mentioned below are 10 reasons to avoid animal products either on a long-term or short-term basis.
1.) Improve Digestion
One of the main reasons to avoid animal products, including all meats, dairy and eggs, is to improve digestion. A healthy digestive system is very important because it can help to strengthen the immune system and thereby prevent a variety of diseases.
Numerous studies have shown that animal products are one of the worst offenders for slowing the digestive system down. One of the main reasons is that they do not contain any fiber, which is an essential substance that helps to keep the bowels moving. In addition, animal foods take a long time for the body to break down in order for it to use the nutrients. As a result, the food often becomes toxic and leaks into the bloodstream, which is very damaging to the overall health of the body.
2.) Control Body Odor
Another reason to avoid animal products is to reduce body odor naturally. Although it is common and controllable with personal care products, it nevertheless is a sign that things have become toxic on the inside.
3.) Reduce Mucus Formation
Animal products, dairy in particular, contribute to the formation of excess mucus. Mucus is beneficial for the body because it helps to trap toxins and other harmful substances that pose a threat to the immune system. In excess amounts, however, it can become quite annoying when it works its way up into the throat or nasal passages.
4.) Reduce the Intake of Unhealthy Saturated Fats
All animal products contain high amounts of saturated fats and cholesterol. Both are beneficial when taken in small amounts, but in large amounts they become inflammatory to the body. In addition, too many saturated fats interfere with the absorption of the much needed and hard to find omega 3 fatty acids.
5.) Overcome Low Energy
Most people in the western countries have to deal with fatigue and low energy levels almost on a daily basis. This is largely caused by animal products and processed foods because both types of foods are very stressful on the digestive system. As a result of the stress, the production of both physical and mental energy is reduced.
6.) Maintain Bone Density
Dairy is primarily consumed because of its high calcium content, which is said to be good for building strong bones and teeth. Although calcium is a much needed mineral in order to form strong bones, it is not the only mineral needed. New evidence suggests that silica, a mineral found in cucumbers and other plant-based foods, helps to form calcium in the body, thus eliminating the need for dairy.
In addition, statistics show that dairy does not protect the bones and teeth. In fact, the results show higher occurrences of bone fractures and osteoporosis in countries where dairy is consumed on a regular basis than in countries where dairy is not consumed.
7.) Avoid the Intake of Hormones and other Drugs
Most conventionally grown cattle, poultry and other animals, are heavily treated with growth hormones, antibiotics and other drugs, in order to fatten them up as quick as possible. Many of those substances are harmful and can remain in the products even after they have been cooked.
Conventionally grown animals are also exposed to a lot of pesticides, which can also end up on the plate.
8.) Avoid the Risk of Serious Diseases
Animal products have been linked to a number of diseases. Red meat, for example, has been linked to cancer, high cholesterol and heart disease. Eggs are also high in cholesterol and can cause the total count to rise above normal levels. Dairy contains lactose, which is a sugar that is difficult to digest for most people, and it can lead to a variety of digestive problems. Furthermore, all animal products are very inflammatory for most individuals.
9.) Avoid Obesity
As already mentioned, animal products slow down the digestive tract and cause toxins to enter into the bloodstream. When that happens the body has to find a way to protect itself against the harmful intruders. One way that it does that is to trap the toxins in fat cells and store them away from the vital organs.
This is a very slow process, but overtime, those toxic fat cells accumulate and contribute to excess weight gain.
10.) Spare the Life of an Animal
Last but not least, by avoiding animal products we can help to save the lives of animals. I am not against killing an animal for food, however, I do not believe that animals should be abused, treated with harmful drugs or given foods designed to simply fatten them up.