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Should You Be Eating Meat?

By Genevieve Cunningham

The debate over whether or not to eat meat has been a hot one for decades. But recently, the debate seems to be a little hotter -- sizzling, even. With the recent releases of various Netflix documentaries about healthy eating, more and more people are opting out of the carnivorous lifestyle. But should they be? Or is it all hype? If you've been wondering what kinds of foods should be included in your diet, take a look at this guide to help you figure it out.

The Claims

The arguments against eating meat are surprisingly powerful. Most doctors agree that meat and meat byproducts are responsible for causing plaque to form in the arteries. This can eventually lead to heart disease, and if total blockage occurs, it can lead to a heart attack. Meat has also been accused of leading to weight gain because of its varying fat content. Some argue that without meat, our bodies wouldn't get enough protein, but recent research suggests that most of our protein can be achieved through a variety of vegetables in our diet. 

The Cultural Push

While there is certainly science behind going vegetarian, some people do it because of the cultural aspect. Eating meat is still acceptable, but in certain circles, it's frowned upon. The more people shy away from animal products, the more stigma builds around consuming meat. The important thing to remember is that societal pressure shouldn't make your decision either way. Only you -- and your healthcare professionals -- know what's right for your body and health.

Get Advice

If you're on the fence, don't be afraid to reach out to your personal healthcare professionals. They can guide you with years of knowledge and experience. If you decide to go vegetarian, discuss how to get proper nutrients with your doctor. If you decide to eat meat, discuss how to do so in the healthiest way. Should you eat meat? It's up to you and your team of healthcare professionals -- and no one else. 

Eating meat is a personal choice. It's not one that your family, friends, or society can make for you. In the long run, you have to do what's best for your body. Do your research, ask all the questions, and determine the best diet for your health, wellness, and long-term goals moving forward.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Van Nuys, Calif.

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