If we don’t want to go to Hell in a plastic bag, we all need to be more environmentally conscious. It’s a fact. Aside from reducing our carbon footprint, reducing our waste and moving to more sustainable fuels, one of the easiest ways to ensure the longevity of our planet is to become more aware of our eating habits.

One of the most competitive debates of the 21st century is animal and plant nutrition. Which one is better for you It’s no secret that a lot of people choose plant-based products for ethical reasons, and that’s great, but the argument that “people aren’t made to eat meat” keeps coming up.

To resolve this aspect of the debate, nutrition trainer Max Lugavere recently posted a picture on his Instagram account showing that we are biologically omnivores.

Referring to several studies, Lugavere says that, for example, our stomachs are naturally more acidic than those of herbivores. The additional acid is said to help break down meat far more efficiently and to defend itself against pathogens (bacteria, viruses or other disease-causing microorganisms).

The study Lugavere referencesadds, “It is interesting to note that humans, unique among the primates considered so far, appear to have gastric pHs more similar to those of scavengers than those of most carnivores and omnivores.”

The researchers add that it is not clear when the acidity of the human stomach has evolved from that in carnivorous monkeys from the diet, because of its role in the prevention of pathogens. “

Another study shows that omnivores have a longer small intestine than their herbivores, which goes a long way towards increasing the essential nutrients – such as vitamin B12, which is found in larger amounts in animal foods -, minerals and calories that are ingested from food absorb.

However, it could be argued that since the small intestine primarily absorbs vitamins and minerals from all foods, it is just as capable of absorbing them from plant foods, which, as we recently examined, can still be used to increase muscle growth.

Further evidence that we can benefit from eating meat (even if it’s obviously not quite like a tiger) comes from a conversation Lugavere recently had with Gabrielle Lyon, a nutrition and protein expert who says we have to consume a lot. Quality protein to overcome anabolic resistance. She says we need to consume 30-50 grams of protein per meal for this to happen. Otherwise, we run the risk of becoming thin because we haven’t adapted to the changing hormones in our bodies.

“30 grams of protein in a chicken breast is roughly 115 grams, which is the equivalent of a vegetable protein, that is roughly 6 cups of quinoa, which is metabolically devastating.”

“The difference between animal proteins and their quality compared to vegetable proteins is that you have to consume about 35% more and it contains so many more carbohydrates.”

Lugavere steps in, saying, “60% of the food we already consume is from ultra-processed, low-protein foods.”

Dr. Lyon agrees and says: “We are already vegetable. The argument could be that we need better quality plants. But when it comes to protein, we can’t confuse a vegetable protein with a high quality one [animal-based] You just can’t go on a protein diet. “

Keeping in mind the need for adequate protein intake on a daily basis could help swing the omnivorous argument.

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