Why to eat meat?

Protein is a nutrient needed for the human body. It is recommended that 15 per cent of total energy intake per day come from protein. This is not that much, yet protein is an extremely essential nutrient. Protein must therefore be obtained from our daily diet, because the body appears routinely unable to synthetize it. The amount of protein present depends on biological value of a feed protein, its amino acid configuration. Protein structure depends on its amino acid sequence. In this respect, most of the consumed proteins should be of animal origin – eggs, dairy products, poultry, lean pork, mutton, beef, fish, etc., this provides necessary nutrients and requires a small proportion of the energy costs. They recommend that about 75% of daily intake is derived from foods of plant origin and 25% from products of animal origin.

In fact we are omnivores, capable of either eating meat or plant foods. Meat is considered to be essential, as it provides nutrients that are vital for health and maintenance of our body, muscles building and energy releasing. Meat is roughly composed of water (70-75%), protein (20 %), fat and minerals. When meat is high in fat, it is low in protein, and vice versa. Meat is an excellent source of protein with rich balanced amino acid content. Animal based proteins are digested and absorbed into the bloodstream more quickly. Meat is very little in carbs. It contains glycogen which is known as animal starch. Bush meat (game) is rich in glycogen. Moreover, meat contains a number of minerals that are mostly found in lean meat and in the red juice of the raw meat. Meat products are also an essential source of sodium, phosphor, potassium, magnesium, sulphur compounds and iron, which is especially valuable. Wholly absorbable heme iron which is found in the meat is essential for hemoglobin and healthy red blood cells manufacture. So it is considered necessary to eat red meat at least two or three times a week. A relatively small piece of meat (approximately 50 grams) is enough for required amount of iron to be absorbed. Meat contains B vitamins, B12 in particular, which is considered essential for proper red blood cell formation. Meat rich in fat also contains fat-soluble vitamin A.

According to nutrition specialists 100 g of meat or fish should be eaten on a daily basis, larger men should eat twice as much. A diet is to include meat products. Everyone can create tailor-made solutions to meet his/her own requirements.

Nutrition Specialist F.F. Preobrazhenskaya