Healthier to eat no meat at all?

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dragnlaw

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Use cronometer.com it is a free website application where you can enter in the foods you eat and it tells you the fat/carbs/protein, vitamins, minerals you are getting and in what amounts you are getting them. This is also an app for smart phones. It's free and you'll be more well informed.
But you still need to know what YOUR body needs.
 

Sir_Loin_of_Beef

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I am assuming you are a human being, or a reasonable facsimile thereof. Humans are designed to be omnivores. Humans have four types of teeth: incisors, canines, premolars, and molars, which each having a specific function. The incisors cut the food, the canines tear the food and the molars and premolars crush the food.

I have seen a lot of diets come ands go, but the best one I have found is the Zone Diet, which is also known as the 40-30-30 plan, because there are no restrictions, no cutting out one food group and it is very easy to follow. Simply ensure all of your meals consist of 40% MOSTLY COMPLEX carbohydrates, 30% LEAN protein, and 30% mostly MONOunsaturated and POLYunsaturated fats, a very limited amount of SATURATED fats, and NO trans fats. Your daily calorie intake should be commensurate with your activity level, from as low as 1200 for a sedentary lifestyle to 2500 for someone with a normal activity level. When I was a hockey goaltender with a hundred pounds of equipment strapped to my body three nights a week, or spending a couple of hours breaking a sweat in the gym every day, I could bring my calorie intake as high as 3800 and still maintain my normal weight. Going below 1200 calories a day is unhealthy and not recommended. BTW, I am a nutritionist. I know these things.
 

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Absolutely correct, blissful, I was (perhaps wrongly) assuming that he/she was reading labels that usually give the daily amounts recommended for an average human.
eg. this container's serving size contains
- Fat 7g - - ------- 9%
-Sat Fat 3.5g.=--- 18%
-Trans Fat 0g ----
-Cholest. 115mg...... 38%
Sodium 140mg..... 6%
etc.. blah blah blah

I'm seeing these labels on almost all foods. Those are your average adult. Take it from there. Each person will be slightly different somewhere. Going to a nutritionist/dietician can help the individual figure out what exactly is needed for that persons lifestyle, weight, age, etc....
 

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"....for an average human...."

and that is right there a problem.

teens to geezers all eat the stuff. the % data is essentially meaningless.
people with a sodium issue must pay attention to the mg
people with heart conditions must pay attention to the saturated fat grams.
(dietary) cholesterol in not related to serum cholesterol - so that's a red herring
people opting for a zero carb diet look at carb content.
people convinced that sugar is the devil's work should pay attention to . . .

and the normal non-obese active human just eats some of every/anything.....
thence transitioning to less active geezer - calories, fats, salts, et. al. assume more importance depending on the geezer's specific medical conditions . . . .
 

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Dis-agree with your "and that is right there a problem."

the rest of what you have said is IMO correct. But those charts are your 'base line' from which you figure out what you, in particular, need. Without that, how would you know where to start?
 

dcSaute

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go to the grocery store.
observe the super-obese picking&choosing over the high to highest fat frozen instant meals . .

that there is the problem.
people do not relate to the published data / advice / suggestions.... to their situations.

mothers, wider than the shopping cart, with pudgy+++ kids in tow, filling the cart with nothing-but-sugar cereals, snacks, super fat nuke&eat snacks, etc etc etc.

the choice is:
they cannot read
or
they can read and don't care.

either way, the end results are disastrous.
 
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