The age old question… Meat-eater or Vegetarian???

The Laser Lounge ladies are STILL buzzing from last weeks Rescu-Me Event held at the Hilton Sydney. One thing that really stood out to us was the Health and Wellbeing panel, in which naturopath, Anthia Koullouros, emphasised the need for red/white meats and meat-based proteins in our everyday diet. Anthia says, “We are all omnivores and designed to eat meat and vegetables”. So we get down to the nitty gritty of meat eating and whether it holds any extra benefits when it comes to health, fitness and GREAT skin.

Most red and white meats are argued to be a rich source of iron, zinc, B vitamins and omega-3. Whilst it is important to eat ALL THINGS in moderation, it can be said that the cooking style is most vital to obtaining benefits from eating meat! Steaming, baking, grilling or stir-frying your meat is great and allows for all the essential minerals and vitamins to be absorbed by the body. Apparently, Australian meat is said to be healthier, leaner and produced under better conditions than that of meat produced around the world…

Regarding skin focus concerns, do you want to know if red meat is good for your skin? The answer is YES! As previously mentioned, red meat is very high in zinc, which is essential for collagen formation. Meat lovers, you can take solace when biting into your steak, that you are contributing to your recommended zinc levels. Keep in mind; a diet that is lacking in zinc can lead to weak nails and dry skin!

In saying this, there are many arguments against eating meat. For example, PETA say that there is no nutritional need for humans to eat any animal products. In fact, they claim that the consumption of animal products has been conclusively linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and osteoporosis. Health experts may agree that humans can obtain the required amount of nutrients, without the need to eat meat.

We’d love to know what YOU think? Are meat products essential to our every day diets? Have you tried any specific vegan, vegetarian or meat-inclusive diets that have made a BIG difference to your health and lifestyle? We would love to know!!

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