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Why do people still eat beef when we know it's terrible for Earth?
  • Because:

    • Ruminants like cows repair our depleating topsoil via regenerative farming (our current approach of using petroleum-based fertilisers is not sustainable)
    • A single cow's life can feed a human for 1 to 2 years, compared to the many incidentally killed animals (insects, rodents, frogs, birds, etc.) during the growing and harvesting of crops, plus the destruction of entire ecosystems to create the mono-crop farms in the first place
    • Humans need to eat lots of fat to be physically and mentally healthy, and beef provides lots of fat (the low-fat high-carbohydrate diets recommended by various agencies — starting with the US's department of agriculture in the late '70s via the food pyramid — are making us sick, with once-rare diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and dementia now commonplace)
  • What is the next "big thing"?
  • Addressing many common diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, PCOS, depression, anxiety, and ADHD. All of these are metabolic diseases that were rare in human populations around the world just 50 years ago.

    Contrary to what the US's department of agriculture says (that we should eat mostly plants via the Food Pyramid/MyPlate) starting in the late '70s, it turns out that the human species has evolved over >2 million years to hunt animals. Of the three macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats), we should be getting most of our calories from fats via fatty meats.

    The growing popularity and success of ketogenic diets (especially the carnivore diet) in reversing many metabolic diseases once thought to be incurable and attributed to age is a sign that humans have finally rediscovered our species-appropriate diet.

  • People who rarely get sick, what are your secrets?
    • Avoid drugs (e.g. marijuana, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine)
    • Get enough sleep (i.e. wake up naturally; no alarms)
    • Regular exercise (primarily playing sports)
    • Eat healthily (avoid sugar, avoid starchy food, eat lots of fatty meat and eggs)
  • The increasing distrust many Americans have in modern medical advances is probably mostly due to our failing Healthcare system.
  • From a non-American's perspective, I think part of the mistrust comes from Americans have been through high-profile lies perpetrated by government agencies.

    For example, a more recent one in the last few decades is the Food Pyramid/MyPlate that was/is promoted by the US government's agriculture department. This has led to Americans in the late '70s/early '80s to start a war on saturated fat and cholesterol, and the rapid adoption of carbohydrates in the average diet. What has happened in the decades following is a rapid increase in metabolic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and mental illnesses — all of which were rare in human history prior to the '70s. While I'm glad Americans are waking up to the realisation of the mass brainwashing of what constitutes "healthy" food, I'm still upset that — due to the influence of America on the global stage — my own country has followed suit in adopting the US's dietary guidelines to the detriment of our own health.

  • What's a bit of good advice that's really bad advice?
  • It's not just Americans — the world is becoming increasingly obese and sick — and I highly doubt it's because humanity has collectively lost our willpower and health-consiousness within 50 years.

    Saturated fat has become so demonised that people can't comprehend how I've lost so much body fat by eating mostly fat while doing minimal exercise. My mental clarity, focus, and energy have also noticeably improved by eating a mostly fatty-meat diet.

  • What's a bit of good advice that's really bad advice?
  • What's your basis of conceiving of humans as apex predators?

    Going off memory:

    • Archeology tells us that human sites were littered with the bones of large and medium-sized animals
    • Archeology also suggests that our diets were very meat-heavy from looking at stable isotopes in the bones of ancient humans
    • Biology tells us that the sounds of human voices instill more fear in animals than even the sounds of lions
    • Biology tells us that we once had the ability to break down fiber, but we have lost that ability after switching to an animal-heavy diet for more than 2-million years
    • Anatomy tells us that we have many adaptations to hunt and consume meat, such as: our skeletal structure allows for precise long-distance throwing of heavy objects (such as rocks and spears), high stomach acidity (useful for eating old meat from megafauna that weren't consumed immediately), forward-looking vision (characteristic of predators), the ability to sweat (that allows us to keep cool during persistence hunting), teeth with thin enamel that aren't well-suited to grinding down vegetation, and an intestine-to-height ratio in line with predators

    This is starting to sound pretty disingenuous or poorly-informed based on my impressions of the science.

    I'm not sure what science you're referring to, but from what I've learned, nutrition science is very much not a mature field of study, especially compared to adjacent disciplines. If you immediately discount the carnivore diet, I would ask you to ask yourself why (for example, is it because "everyone just knows that fruit, vegetables, and grains are healthy for you"?), and approach the question of what humanity's species-appropriate diet is from first principles.

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