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, 22 Feb. 2013
This review is from: The Meat Fix: How A Lifetime of Healthy Eating Nearly Killed Me (Paperback)
Oh dear, how poor is this book. At best it's anecdotel.I've been a meat eater all my life but have recently questioned this since the horsemeat scandal. Feel free to research what else goes on where meat production is concerned. I have many vegan and vegetarian friends who have been so for longer than Nicholson and they seem perfectly healthy. I read this book because I wanted to research both sides. Unfortunately this book is worse than useless in that respect. If one day in the future I were to hear that this guy was paid by the meat industry to trump up this flimsy story I wouldn't be at all surprised. It really is that clumsely written. One or two of the reviewers are more than a little ill informed also. First of all we are not carnivores, we are omnivores. This basically means we can choose from a variety of food. So both a conventional western diet and a vegetarian diet fit in loosely with that defination (very little about or food is natural these days) where are all the pizza trees and custard lakes for example. Vegetarian isn't a biological term, it's a term used to descibe a moral or cultural point of view. Therefore only humans can be vegetarian.Herbivores simply eat a diet that is suitable for vegetarians. One reviewer stated we are born to eat meat and maybe a few berries. If we lived like that we would be very ill, even more so than Mr.Nicholson was (?) There is plenty of biological and historical evidence to suggest we shouldn't naturally eat a lot of meat or even any (again research this) Why for instance do we need to cook it / because it would make us very ill if we didn't. What did we eat before we discovered fire ? Many things lead to opposite conclusions than this book reaches. Meat is responsible for 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions ( more than all forms of transport put together) Secondly it takes 2400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat yet it only takes 25 gallons to produce 1 pound of wheat. In a world of over 7 billion ,1 billion go to sleep hungry and thirsty. How can we justify producing food in such a damaging and inefficient way.If there is any truth in Nicholson's story, it is probably that he had an unbalanced vegan diet full of stodge and that is why he got ill. Just as the guy in supersize me got ill on an inbalanced meat diet. Wake up people. World record beating athletes have competed on vegetarian and even vegan diets ; Ed Moses, Carl Lewis & Martina Navratilova to mention a few. So Clearly a balanced diet can be healthy whether vegan or containing animal products. The other question should be is it healthy for the planet and is it fair to future generations ?!
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