Of course it does, meat provided optimal nutrition for our ancestors and continues to provide optimal nutrition now.
Published in the International Journal of General Medicine today, the study examined the overall health effects of total meat consumption in 170+ countries around the world. Researchers found that the consumption of energy from carbohydrate crops (grains and tubers) does not lead to greater life expectancy, and that total meat consumption correlates to greater life expectancy, independent of the competing effects of total calories intake, economic affluence, urban advantages, and obesity.
Meat has been unfairly demonised for a long time, I have been talking about this for years, this is a blog post from 2019!
It is marvellous what a difference it makes when scientists are looking for facts and not looking for something that supports a particular narrative. Individuals are welcome to choose to eat meat, or not, for their own personal reasons. It is important however that it is understood that from a scientific point of view meat is a superior form of nutrition. Without meat and animal products, it is much harder to get adequate nutrition. It is impossible to get all of your nutritional needs on a vegan diet without supplementation.
The “meat is bad” studies are generally correlation studies, you may also find that people with brown dogs die earlier than people with white dogs, this is correlation not causation! These flawed studies also fail to differentiate between eating good quality meat with vegetables in a relaxed way with your family in the dining room and downing something you picked up in the servo or drive through on the way home with your big gulp and fries! The quality of what you eat matters, as does how you eat it.
The protein available in meat provides the amino acids your brain uses to make neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and melatonin, for balanced mood and healthy sleep. Protein is required to make every structure in the body including skin, muscle, gut lining and strong bones. Protein is essential for life and meat provides it with all essential amino acids.
As I said before, make your own choices based on what works for you. If you do eat meat, choose quality meat that is free range and ethically sourced and eat it in a balanced way that works for your individual needs. If you choose not to eat meat, don’t do it in the mistaken belief that is is bad for you.
You W, Henneberg R, Saniotis A, Ge Y, Henneberg M. Total Meat Intake is Associated with Life Expectancy: A Cross-Sectional Data Analysis of 175 Contemporary Populations. Int J Gen Med. 2022;15:1833-1851