Should we ban meat to make people healthier?

February 28, 2007 1:51am CST
In the UK the government is always trying to take over peoples lives and try to make them more healthy. If they are going to do this why not ban the practice or rearing animals for meat to make people eat a diet lower in saturated fat and thereofre make them at less risk of heart disease and cancer?
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@shambuca (2560)
• United States
28 Feb 07
the US i always trying to run our lives too- ban on hydrogynated oils- smoking- speech- music- having to wear a seat belt or get a ticket (if i have a ddeath wish thats my choice)- helmet for children riding a bike (i never wore one and I turned out okay- i don't remember kids getting in to massive bike accidents that this should be a law)- whatever - it should be our choice to do as we want make our own choices. As far as meat- I think people eat way to much of it, I don't think it's good for you personally but that's just my opinion. I hate that they keep those animals in small cages and pens to make them fat for us. i could live on pasta, rice and veggies but i know my husband couldn't.
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@redfang (969)
28 Feb 07
why on earth would you ban meat? it is a source of healthy vitamins, meat like steak contains something called carnatine carnatine is responsible for helping your muscles grow of which if they did not grow you would not be able to stand or use your arms or anything because there would not be enough strength there to do so. meat should not be banned.
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28 Feb 07
You can get all of those vitamins from a healthy diet of vegetable, pulses, nuts and seeds without all the unhealthy fats.
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• United States
28 Feb 07
Change your own diet, leave mine alone. What's with you people always wanting to take things away from my ability to choose? LET ME CHOOSE!!! Stinking control freaks!
28 Feb 07
Goodness me you guys are defensive, almost as if you feel guilty for something.
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@imadriscoll (2230)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I don't think that starting with banning of meat is the logical first place to start. I would think that one would want to start with junk food, such as foods high in transfat and sugar. I think that education on making better choices would also be a great place to start. Having a government that is going to decide what I can and cannot eat does not sound at all like a good idea. If they can take the steak off of my plate, they're going to put a lot of my neighbors out of work (I live in the Midwest in the United States) and they're going to make a lot of us meat eaters very cranky!
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@KaMlBob (786)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I guess that could be an option. I think before we ban meat, we need to educate people on how to get enough protein from legumes and rice and tofu. My son decided to become a vegetarian (not vegan, he said that would be too hard not eating cheese and drinking milk) when he was 16, he didn't and still doesn't eat properly I feel. I think he needs to not drink so much Dr. Pepper (I think soft drinks are so bad for us) He thinks he can live off frozen dinners and noodle-roni and Froot loops! So definitely, we need to educate people first. I am not a vegetarian; I eat little red meat and some chicken and seafood. I COULD be a vegetarian, but I think I may start to crave a big filet mignon. I would miss tacos and shrimp scampi too. My Aunt is a nutritionist and she has taught me so much about healthy living and eating, I think that is why everyone thinks I am 12 years younger than I am all the time!
28 Feb 07
Perhaps you should tell your son that the company who make Dr Pepper do some really horrible animal testing. Maybe that would help him give it up. It is great that you have such a healthy diet. I think a lot of people believe that meat gives them all the vitamins they need and don't bother to eat a good balance of fruit and vegetables to go with it.
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@KaMlBob (786)
• United States
3 Mar 07
I told my son about the animal testing and he was very silent, he just said "really?". Maybe he will stop drinking soda now! I really think soda is bad for us.
• Austria
13 Mar 07
I agree, also I read on some E numbers guide that most food colors shouldn't be eaten by kids because they cause temper tantrums. And what is fool of food color and high fructose corn syrup, which is just concentrated sugar and not good for you at all.
@dubaimt (273)
• United Arab Emirates
28 Feb 07
we cannot ban meat-eating as there will be health complications. there are some medical entities wherein the body may suffer because of lack of protein -- which is where meat comes in. lack of protein may make our muscles waste faster, making us weaker.
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28 Feb 07
There are plenty of non-meat sources of protein. Why would it be a problem if we were a bit weaker? We don't need to be excessively strong.
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• Austria
13 Mar 07
actually in a varied diet we get enough protein. People always assume we need to eat a pound of protein a day to be healthy, and that not so. A gram of protein per kilo body weight is plenty, I think. What vegans have an extra need for is Vitamin B12, and we can get that in a supplement.
@kaplya (1578)
• India
28 Feb 07
it sounds a harsh decision to ban meat but i agree with u!! if we see in long term meat is dangerous for health and all the vitamins which meat contains can be found in different types of vegetables also then why not ban meat and also rearing animals for meat's purpose? after all we r not living in a primitive era that we should need some extra strenght or power for our body to confront our enimies. one can live healthy on the vegetables and as we know,it is scientifically proved that such a diet prevents many types of diseases.
28 Feb 07
You are right here. We need to think further than our own selfish needs.
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@kaplya (1578)
• India
12 Mar 07
hi, wanted to thank u for selecting my reply for the best resonse!:) i really said what i feel!
@cdparazo (5768)
• Philippines
1 Mar 07
I think all aspects in life has its own risks...advantages and disadvantages. What could God be thinking when he created those animals if not for food? I believe that food should be taken in moderation to stay healthy. I know there are a lot of meat substitutes but I would still prefer meat because I want to enjoy my food and because I choose it to be so. My grandmothers lived up to their 80's and 90's and they are both meat eaters but they had a healthy and balanced lifestyle that enabled them to live their lives to the fullest.
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• Netherlands
1 Mar 07
The meat in the western is filled with hormones. Also the conditions in which the animals are farmed influence the meat. Meat from calves that have been raised in boxes has become less nutricious than those raised in free stables and meadows. That's why it's not healthy if the meat does not come from hormone free cruelty free farming. Moderating your meat intake has nothing to do with it. Probably your grandmothers ate healthy meat.
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• Australia
4 Mar 07
I think its about time the governments started looking at statistics and not listening to the greenies. If people didnt want to eat meat, they wouldnt go and buy it. If people didnt buy it, farmers would go out of business or they would invest in crops not animals. Im sick and tired of the Governments telling us when, where and what we can and cant do. They are employed by us to make good choices not bad ones. Scientific proof shows that meat has vitamins and minerals that other foods do not have, therefore we need meat, jsut like chocolate. Governments already tax us everytime we go to the toilet, isnt that enough. Leave the poor farmers alone, leave my diet alone. Its my choice what I can eat, and the last thing i want to be eating is tofu and beans. I bet they are sitting down to a nice $50 piece of rump steak tonight, so why cant we have our $5 worth of mince that feeds the whole family?
@bluewings (3857)
4 Mar 07
I think it's great that your government is so health conscious.But,wouldn't you say there are areas that should be left to individual choice and not be open to government intervention.I am afraid if government penetrates so deep into how we choose to live our life then the democracy might take a step backwards.I was reading the other day that Chinese government had plans of treating internet addicts with shock treatment coz too much of internet is harmful for their health.But, who would decide how much is too much? Now,personally,I'd be very upset if my government tries to regulate my internet or fooding habits.So,though I appreciate your concern,I think letting government ban meat altogether might be a baby step towards deciding every small day to day issue for us.
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• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
1 Mar 07
ban meat? no way!! i do claim my right to eat meat if i want to, it's my responsability to carry a healthy life or not, and nobody has the right to tell me what to eat...
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@mobyfriend (1019)
• Netherlands
1 Mar 07
I think you should take babysteps in controlling the meatproduction. It's not possible for the moment to ban meat entirely since people are addicted. But the government could do I guess reduce the production of meat in favour of alternative food. Maybe a sort of quota system, no more mass production.
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• United States
1 Mar 07
That's just going to far. I know some foods should be regulated but banning people from eating meat? That's just wrong and silly. Think of how many people would be affected by that. The farmes, the truckers, the stores, and I'm sure I'm missing a few people in there.
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@sweetlady10 (3619)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I don't think this is a good thing to do. People should have their own choice reagarding what they will eat, no body should force someone. If you really think about health issue, there are lots of things what can make health worse. If you don't eat meat but drink and smoke a lot or eat other faty food a lot, you would have to suffer stil. So, it very much depends on person taht how he/she will take care of their health. To ban any food will not work for this.
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
28 Feb 07
No I do not think that we need to ban meat, I do not eat that much meat. Oh it is not just meat that is causing cancer what about all the chemicals they put into the vegetables to grow them I believe that this has a lot to do with causing cancer it is best to eat organic foods.
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@Fishish (697)
• India
28 Feb 07
you can not force people to eat what they dont want to and vice versa. remember u can take a horse to a river but you cant make him drink. it is not so bad to eat meat but if you dont exercise regularly you will surely land in trouble. moreover you should try to convince people around, start a trend adn people will follow...:)
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@rosie_123 (6118)
28 Feb 07
Well you know me Michelle, - as a vegetarian, I think it is a very wise idea, but I also now it wil never happen. Apart from the public outcry that would make the Government more unpopular (even more so than they are already!), there are also all the vested interests from the wealthy farmers, and landowners that the Government would not want to lose.
• United States
28 Feb 07
i don't know about that. meat eaters would rebel big time. however, introducing products like quorn at substansually lower prices into the society will probably wean people off the meat products. banning products or talking of banning products will only cause resentment among the population and introduce black markets.
• Indonesia
1 Mar 07
our body need a protein as much as non protein. I agree with balancing our meal.
@kmdvmd (357)
• India
1 Mar 07
In this world no food can be baned.By one or the other way they are going to eat that food because they like to eat it.We have to educate people who are eating meat,suddenly nobody can change their food habits.
@toonatoons (3740)
• Philippines
1 Mar 07
red meat itself is not unhealthy. to be healthy, in my opinion,is to have a bit of red meat in the diet because this contains a good amount of iron and B vitamins. also, i think, what we need to be concerned more is the manner of cooking the red meat, whether it is fried or not.