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Faux Meat VS. Real Meat

You don’t need to be a vegetarian to understand that there is something that is fundamentally flawed with the current state of the meat industry in this country. Think of it like the real-world of The Matrix, but with animals instead of humans. It is no wonder some individuals feel the need to turn vegetarian, as it appears that there is no other choice, but to eat the garbage meat that is sold in most grocery stores. 
This is where meat substitutes, or “faux meat” comes in. It is my understanding that some vegetarians use these meat products as a way to either wean themselves off of their dependency of real meat, or as a way to satisfy their natural craving for animal flesh by eating something they consider to be more healthy. 
The issue that arises from this is the misconception that faux meats are healthier than animal flesh. Here is a snap shot of two vegetarian products from a leading food manufacturer, touted as “healthy & all natural”:
The first thing I notice when looking at these ingredient lists is the amount of corn, wheat, barley, soybeans, maltodextrin, and food coloring that in each list. I would like an explanation as to how these ingredients are superior to meat in regards to gut and heart health, especially to an individual is gluten intolerant.
Soy makes a big appearance on these lists, no doubt to its protein content. LBEB readers are too smart to fall for this claim, as we know the multitude of reasons that soy should be avoided, including the fact that over 90% of commercially raised soy is genetically modified and treated with gasoline byproducts.
One of the next big ingredients on the list is the variety of corn and its derivatives. Corn is becoming increasingly infamous for the harm it causes the flora and fauna of the planet, as well as the amount of gasoline used to grow a pound of corn: over a 2:1 ratio. The fact that no species is able to properly digest modern corn is something to consider as well. It’s important to note though, that most meat processed in the U.S. is fed a corn diet. Both corn and soybeans leave a fairly substantial carbon footprint as well, making their claims of superiority for the health of the planet in a questionable state.

You want food coloring? Vegetarian products have all you need! Most modern food coloring products are highly synthesized and processed with cancer-causing chemicals. No longer are food dyes made with natural colors found in nature,  instead we are left with a toxic dye grown in a lab, added to faux meat to make an otherwise white blob of ingredients look palatable.

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Another alternative to these faux meats would be (to me) the most obvious solution: getting your animal products from a grass-fed/pasture raised farm. Unless you are a vegan for moral reasons, in which case it is not even worth my time to argue with you. I won’t go the route of saying “You tell me not to eat meat, but you are eating a plant, which is also alive!” because that is a logical fallacy, and we don’t like those, do we?
If this was a perfect world, pasture raised meat would be affordable for everyone, but that simply isn’t the case. On the same token, however, some individuals complain that they have no money, when in fact they choose to spend their money on things like alcohol and eating out at restaurants.  If you really wanted to eat healthy, you set grass-fed meat higher on your list of priorities.  A whole or half cow that lived its entire life on a grassy farm can be purchased for as little as $5 a pound for ALL CUTS. That is cheaper than a crappy cut of corn fed steak from the grocery store. All it requires is a large freezer, a few hundred dollars, and a desire to choose a healthier source of protein.
A source of protein is not something to be emulated lightly, and if you don’t understand the source of your protein, you leave yourself in an ignorant position. Whether it is conventionally raised animals, or “beef crumbles” in the frozen aisle, understand that you literally are what you eat.

I wouldn’t want to become “beef crumbles”

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6 thoughts on “Faux Meat VS. Real Meat

  1. This is exactly why I prefer to cook my own food with fresh meats. Let’s grill it up! 🙂

  2. Link to finding grass fed farms in different regions would be helpful.

  3. I’m interested in your statement that no species is able to properly digest corn.
    I have recently found out that i am gluten intolerant. I thought that i was able to eat maize(corn) meal as maize does not contain gluten, but was feeling ill after eating it. After researching yesterday, i discovered that wheat is added to it to increase its binding properties, but wheat is not listed on the ingredients portion of the food label.
    I am currently aiming to obtain some wheat free maize meal, but just want to know about not being able to digest it properly and any negative effects.

  4. @Anonymous, just google it, they are out there!!

  5. You must have missed the link to “eatwild.com” in the first grass fed paragraph, read it again.

  6. Great post. The first time my eyes were really opened to the disgusting (and not to mention extremely unhealthy and environmentally disastrous) way that 99% of the beef in this country is raised was when I watched the documentary ‘Food, Inc.’ on Netflix a few years back. Wow. Cows packed shoulder-to-shoulder on feed lots fed corn mixed with chicken crap and candy factory waste and by the time they are slaughtered they are caked with their own shit. No thanks.
    I just came across this blog about a month ago and one of the first articles I read was the one partly about buying your meat in whole or sides from a grass-fed farm. I had thought of and wanted to do this for a long time but I had no idea how widespread the grass-fed farms had become. Through eatwild I found a ton here in Ohio and a great one about 30 minutes from my house. I’m buying a chest freezer soon and then getting at least a quarter of beef and a lamb to fill it up. Can’t wait to start eating grass-fed meat.

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