On National "Hug A Vegetarian Day", Business Insider published an article titled "7 Reasons Why I Refuse To Stop Eating Meat" which was filled with blatantly misleading and fabricated material. The Global Conservation Group (GCG) had their health officials and Senior Biologist Susana Paco take a look at the article and here is their response:
1. The first false statement in the article said you can only get good quality iron from meat. Iron can be obtained through a healthy way (vegan diet) or mixed with fats (meat diet). Non Heme iron (vegan) and Heme iron (meat) only differ in their absorption pathways. While Heme iron (the one found in animals) is easier to absorb, it has already been linked to colonrectal cancer. A vegan can easily obtain a sufficent amount of iron to sustain a healthy lifestyle. http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/59/22/5704.long
2. Ribs are delicious is the second point in the article. While this is purely an opinion, the fact is just as all meat, ribs are full of cholesterol and fats which lead to heart disease, cardiac arrest, cancer, and diabetes. Not to mention Morning Star Vegan Ribs taste almost identical, but are healthy and cruelty free.
3. The third false point they make is that "Vitamin B-12 only comes from animals". According to the GCG's Senior Biologist, Susana Paco, "Vegans have the lowest risk of vitamin B-12 deficiency because nearly all vegan foods are fortified with the vitamin. In addition, it can be found naturally in nutritional yeast among other vegan sources."
4. The fourth misleading statement they make is "eating meat made us smarter" when in fact that simply isn't the case. We are no longer in the paleolithic. The vegan and the vegetarian diet has been proven to increase the life span of our species. In fact, Loma Linda University found that vegans live an average of 15 years longer than people who consume animal products. Vegans also have a 30% lower chance of sustaining a heart attack and getting cancer.
5. "I don't want to feel left out on the holidays" was the fifth concern made in the article. The author clearly never heard of Tofurky! As a general fact, for every animal product, there is a vegan version so you will not feel left out on the holidays.
6. "You can still be an ethical meat eaters if you buy free range". Unfortunately the terms "free-range" "grass fed" and "cage-free" don't mean much. Those labels are rarely, if ever, monitored by the United States Department of Agriculture. The terms can also mean that the animals have one or two inches of outdoor space. Click Here for the exact definitions of the terms.
7. Lastly, they argue that "our digestive system makes us omnivores". Again, this couldn't be further from the truth. For example, take a look at our teeth. They are short and flattened (except for the incisors which are for eating fruits such as apples), while carnivores and omnivores have long sharp teeth. Carnivores/omnivores also have no digestive enzymes while plant-eating animals do, such as humans. Meat-eating animals have short intestines while plant-eating animals like humans have long ones. The livers of meat-eating animals can also detoxify Vitamin A, while herbivorous animals, such as humans, cannot. Finally, lets take a quick look at our nails. Carnivores and omnivores have long sharp nails while herbivores and humans do not.