Meat or not? – Who’s the judge?
Well, let’s take this topic to another level. There are probably as many opinions on eating meat, as there are humans on earth. Everybody thinks a bit different and has his own ideas. Some eat daily meat and are happy doing so. Others eat also lots of meat, but aren’t as happy about it and they wished that they would be vegetarians or eat less meat.
Some say they don’t eat meat because it is unhealthy and others don’t eat meat because they don’t want to support the modern meat market. Again others are worried about antibiotics or other chemical contaminations of the meat.
And there are also many reasonable people who criticize the huge amount of pollution caused by the meat industry (1 kg of meat pollutes our planet as much as 1600km!!!! car driving with an average fuel burning car)
And there are even others, who swear that a meat based diet is the most suiting for them.
So, what does Ayurveda say about eating meat?
Ayurveda is not about believe. Ayurveda is based on research, observation and cultivation.
So now: It is true that Ayurveda can recommend eating meat or fish in certain cases. For example a Vata imbalance the juice of a chicken soup can be very beneficial. In other cases it makes sense to eat sweet-water fish.
Especially if somebody ate all his Life a lot of meat and nearly no beans or lentils, it can even be a problem for the body to receive certain proteins and minerals. So there are some factors, that promote meat in the diet.
Now, let’s have a closer look at our human body.
Our gall bladder is very important for our digestion. It doesn’t create bile by itself but it receives bile from our liver which it stores. The bile from the liver becomes concentrated and around 12-15 times stronger in the gall bladder. This strong bile juice is than being released, when we eat meat, or greasy foods.
In the past humans where not eating as much meat as we are doing today. The gall bladder is prove of this. If we humans eat a purely plant based diet throughout the year, our gal bladder then has time to create the gall juice. This takes time to be produced.
Now if we eat some meat during winter times for example, then this will stimulate our gall bladder and force it to release the bile. Well this is even healthy, as it prevents from gall stones.
Alone in the US there are around 750.000 gall bladder removal surgeries (cholecystectomies) taking place per year (around 2000 gall bladders taken out per day! Only in the US!!). Mainly woman are affected.
The bad news: This number is increasing per year by about 15%. Not only in the US but also in all other westernized countries.
Well, as I explained you before, our gall bladder is not made to deal with this amount of saturated fats. Once a year a meat dish can be very good for you, but the more often you eat meat, the harder it becomes for your gall bladder to keep up with the work.
Our modern food habits are a catastrophe for the health of our gall bladder. One reason is the overconsumption of meat, animal products and other saturated fats (for example high in Omega 6 fatty acids corn or soy oil).
Many imbalances arise if your gall bladder is not working properly. One of the functions of the gall bile is to save your stomach from its own high acidity. If your gall bladder can’t produce enough bile to balance the acidity in your stomach that your body needs to digest your meal, then what happens is that your stomach will decrease the production of the stomach acid (hydrochloride acid). And well, this leads to a whole lot of problems from indigestion, acid reflux to even more severe conditions.
There are many more indicators that show on a physical level, that our body was not meant to eat daily meat. Our whole physiology speaks against it. Especially pork is not recommended in Ayurveda. White meat like chicken, turkey or fish can be eaten in moderation.
People with a Kapha (earth and water) constitution should be vegetarians. Beans and lentils should be the main source of protein.
Pitta people (fire element) do best if they eat white meat only in a loving, familiar atmosphere, where they feel well and enjoy their meal. Not daily.
People dominated by the Vata Dosha (air and space element) benefit a lot from light, warm chicken soups or turkey, or a fresh bread with cheese as it is very nourishing. And well, also here: All in moderation.
Meat was once the food for the rich people. This has now changed. Meat is in most parts of the world cheaper than vegetables. You can buy a kilo of meat for a few Dollars and it will feed two families. While if you wish to feed your family with vegetables it will definitely be more expansive.
Also time plays an important role. It is much easier and quicker to fry a steak or a sausage in the pan, than to cook a wholesome vegetarian meal.
There are a few factors, that make it just so comfortable to eat meat.
The meat industry is doing a great job in promoting animals based foods:
You get a grill and some charcoal for extremely low money. The idea behind it is: You do a lot of BBQs!
During summer most supermarkets confront you with charcoal, grills, sauces and BBQ supply right on the entrance. For no-money!
Now, Ayurveda doesn’t say anything about meat from the super market. Just a hundred years ago, what we call now normal was unimaginable. The animals that we eat have never see green food.
95% of all industrial grown animals are fed only on genetic manipulated corn and soy from Monsanto. Highly carcinogen. All their Life only this corn and soy! All day every day!
This is the reason why meat cows get slaughtered after 4-5 years of their Life. They are full of diseases and they would get terribly sick very soon and then die miserably, if they would not be slaughtered at this time.
I say this, because I think it is important to know that the meat we eat nowadays is very different to the meat our grandparents ate 60 years ago.
You should consider this when you eat a lot of meat, cheese, egs or drink milk.