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Eating Meat Doesn’t Make You “Manly, but It Will Make You Sick

A new article by Quartz highlights some of the serious consequences of our “real men eat meat mentality:
In the US, at least culturally speaking, we still seem to believe that men need meat. There’s just one problem: The close association between masculinity and meat is literally making men sick.
Meat consumption has been linked to many of today’s top killers, including cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. In fact, researchers at Loma Linda University discovered that vegetarians have a 53 percent reduced risk for diabetes, and an 11-year British study of 45,000 volunteers found that a vegetarian diet can cut one’s risk of heart disease by as much as 32 percent.

Many people, especially men, are led to believe that they need to eat meat in order to get enough protein, particularly if they’re athletes or looking to gain muscle.

But that just isn’t true.

According to U.S. dietary guidelines, “Some individuals, especially teen boys and adult men, also need to reduce overall intake of protein foods by decreasing intakes of meats, poultry, and eggs and increasing amounts of vegetables or other under-consumed food groups, the article explains.

More and more athletes are ditching meat. Just this week, a new piece in GQ showcased vegan bodybuilder Torre Washington’s diet plan, along with tips for getting “jacked. You can read the article here.

Vegan foods not only protect our health; they also have the potential to spare countless animals from a lifetime of suffering on modern farms where they are treated as mere meat, milk, and egg machines.

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