Here’s the lead for a pro-vegetarian website reporting on a recent study from an international consortium of vascular researchers participating in the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study: “If you’ve been following our website, you know that too many helpings of red meat, processed foods and dairy products are really bad for your health, and that red meat can kill you.”
Of course, the source for that information isn’t the REGARDS study but the Harvard University “Healthy Eating Plate” concept (see diagram), an “alternative” to USDA’s MyPyramid dietary guidelines. To refresh everyone’s memory, and in case anyone’s doubts its anti-animal foods bias, the Healthy Eating Plate features four main food groups—“Vegetables, Whole Grains, Healthy Protein, and Fruits;” provides graphics for “Healthy Oils” and “Water;” mentions 24 separate food and beverages; and uses more than 125 words to reinforce its dietary game plan.
Amidst all that, there is exactly one single mention of “meat,” and that’s the phrase “limit red meat.”
This is the vegetarian agenda writ large, without any pretense of acknowledging humanity’s historical diet that sustained Homo sapiens for, oh, approximately 250,000 years, give or take a couple dozen millennia.
The Healthy Eating Plate (HEP), departs from logic in two critical ways. First, the idea that it makes sense to “avoid bacon, cold cuts and processed meats” (because of the poisonous presence of saturated fat).
As if the Harvard experts can pretend that producers should raise livestock (“naturally” on pristine outdoor pastures only, of course—and by the way, pigs and poultry don’t do too well if left “grazing” out in a field), and then after the animals are humanely dispatched, then . . . what? Discard the organ meats? Trim off the fat and feed it to our pets (who actually need it to thrive, as any vet will tell you)? Take the trimmings and toss them into a rendering tank?
It’s the height of arrogance to smugly recommend a dietary strategy regarding animal foods that is inherently wasteful, inefficient and economically and environmentally unsustainable—then pretend that it’s sound, healthful advice.
Second, Vegetables and Fruits in HEP comprise fully one-half of the daily diet, at least visually. That’s 100% contrary to the dietary choices that people have had available throughout the eons during which human physiology developed—which by the way, hasn’t changed in the last 30 years as vegetarianism became the vogue. Even in tropical climates, it’s not possible to obtain half of one’s calories from fruits and vegetables, certainly not all year long.