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Vegetarians are unhealthier, more mentally disturbed than meat-lovers

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Anyone who eats meat already knows this.

It’s no secret that many vegetarians are also radical environmentalists and climate alarmists who are obsessed and hysterical about the planet burning up. Perhaps the University of Graz in Austria has discovered one reason why: their “unhealthy” diet.

A new University of Graz study concludes that vegetarians are more often ill and have a lower quality of living than meat-eaters. According to the German press release, vegetarians “have cancer and heart attacks more often”. The release also says that they show more psychological disorders than meat eaters. Consequently, the report writes, they are a greater burden on the health care system.   Read more »

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So, who’s up for veganuary?

We have Movember, and Dry July and a numerous other month-long campaigns…now there is Veganuary…which sounds positively awful.

Some have resolved to lose weight, others to stay off booze, while for many “eating more healthily” is a catch-all New Year’s resolution.

But thousands of people have now pledged to go one step further, and abandon all animal food products for at least a month.

At least 20,000 people have put their names to a campaign aimed at encouraging people to go vegan for the month of January.

Veganuary is aimed at persuading people to try to live without meat, fish and other animal based food, such as dairy products, for a substantial period of time.

What is left is a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes, and good quality fats, such as those contained in nuts, seeds, avocados, and olive oil.    Read more »

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Home made biltong

Biltong-machine-bbFor Christmas I was given a Biltong machine.

They are pretty simple, and you can make one yourself if you are so inclined, but this one is easy to assemble and works like a charm. It features:

  • Built in Extractor Fan
  • Stainless Steel Food Grade Diffuser (Heat Pad Air Flow Regulator)
  • Brass bulb holder
  • Aluminium Hanging Rods x 3
  • Food grade plastic hanging hooks x 6
  • 60 Watt light bulb (an old-fashioned proper light bulb, not a gay energy-efficient one)
  • Assembly Instructions and Recipes
  • Marinade Bag
  • Measurements: 58cm x 31cm x 31cm. Weight 3.6Kg

You need more meat hooks than that, but supermarkets and hardware stores have small meat hooks for bugger all.

You can try your local South African shop or buy online.

So what is a man to do with such a contraption?

Well, use it of course.   Read more »

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SOLVED: The whole meat gives you cancer thingy…

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The Economist reports on the solution to the whole meat gives you cancer palaver…add beer.

GRILLING meat gives it great flavour. This taste, though, comes at a price, since the process creates molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which damage DNA and thus increase the eater’s chances of developing colon cancer. For those who think barbecues one of summer’s great delights, that is a shame. But a group of researchers led by Isabel Ferreira of the University of Porto, in Portugal, think they have found a way around the problem. When barbecuing meat, they suggest, you should add beer.   Read more »

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This woman says that people who eat meat “must die”

This militant psychopath tart wants to kill meat eaters.

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Are Vegan diets “natural”? Turns out no

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Vegans are to diet what fundamentalists are to religion.

They generally bang on about how evil leather is, and meat is killing us as they pull screaming vegetables from the ground.

But it turns out their claims of veganism as being “natural” eating are a bit…ok a lot…wonky.

Vegetarian, vegan and raw diets can be healthful, probably far more healthful than the typical American diet. But to call these diets “natural” for humans is a bit of a stretch in terms of evolution, according to two recent studies.

Eating meat and cooking food made us human, the studies suggest, enabling the brains of our prehuman ancestors to grow dramatically over a few million years.

Although this isn’t the first such assertion from archaeologists and evolutionary biologists, the new studies demonstrate that it would have been biologically implausible for humans to evolve such a large brain on a raw, vegan diet and that meat-eating was a crucial element of human evolution at least a million years before the dawn of humankind.

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Processing Game Birds

Simon Lusk with Bruce, Mabo and Dave and his might Isuzu D-Max

Simon Lusk with Bruce, Mabo and Dave and his might Isuzu D-Max

by Simon Lusk

Game Birds can be tough. They spend most of their life on the move, unlike battery chickens, so have far denser and tougher meat than farm raised birds.

The single most important part of processing game birds is to allow them to rest and allow the proteins in the meat that make it tough break down. This will turn a tough bird into something far more palatable.

To overcome the toughness the simplest approach is to leave the birds in the fridge for at least two weeks before processing them. One week doesn’t seem to be enough, with birds still coming out of the oven tough. After two weeks you will notice a real change in the composition of the flesh. It will become softer to the touch.    Read more »

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It’s ok, eating red meat is good for you

The wowsers out there won’t like this new study that shows that contrary to their demands, eating red meat is actually good for you.

If I wanted to cherry-pick studies myself, I might point you to this 2013 study that used the same Nhanes data to conclude that meat consumption is not associated with mortality at all.

Let’s avoid cherry-picking, though. A 2013 meta-analysis of meat-diet studies, including those above, found that people in the highest consumption group of all red meat had a 29 percent relative increase in all-cause mortality compared with those in the lowest consumption group. But most of this was driven by processed red meats, like bacon, sausage or salami.

Epidemiologic evidence can take us only so far. As I’ve written before, those types of studies can be flawed. Nothing illustrates this better than aclassic 2012 systematic review that pretty much showed that everything we eat is associated with both higher and lower rates of cancer.

We really do need randomized controlled trials to answer these questions. They do exist, but with respect to effects on lipid levels such as cholesteroland triglycerides. A meta-analysis examining eight trials found that beef versus poultry and fish consumption didn’t change cholesterol or triglyceride levels significantly.    Read more »

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A good teacher

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It isn’t often I speak highly of a teachers, but I have to comment on this upstanding example of teaching.

Of course some wowser has found their little pool of outrage and complained.

An Idaho biology teacher is facing possible disciplinary action after killing and skinning a rabbit in class to show students where their food comes from.

Nampa School District spokeswoman Allison Westfall says the teacher killed the rabbit in front of 16 students by snapping its neck on Nov. 6 at Columbia High School.

The rabbit was then skinned and cut up in front of the 10th graders.

Westfall says the demonstration isn’t part of the biology curriculum.

She says students who didn’t want to view the lesson were allowed to leave ahead of time.

The teacher’s name hasn’t been released.

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Richard Branson hands in his man card to become a fussy eater

Richard Branson has decided that he won’t eat meat anymore.

Richard Branson gave up beef earlier this year.

“More and more people recognise that conventional meat production can have truly devastating environmental impacts,” he wrote in a blog about producing food for future generations as part of World Food Day on Thursday.

“It’s one of the reasons I gave up eating beef earlier this year, and it looks like I am not the only one. Surprisingly, for myself, I haven’t missed it at all.

“If we could get many other people to do the same, we would be healthier, and we would help sustain the beautiful biodiversity we are losing in the rainforests.”

Branson is referring to the increasing demand for meat as the world’s population of  7 billion grows and the impact this has on the environment.   Read more »