Adequate meat intake, according to the USDA, is about 2-3 ounces per serving, which looks like a deck of cards. If someone has a bet, how many people eat meat the size of a deck of cards? – Almost none. Most bets served in restaurants are 2-4 times bigger than that.
One of the main reasons people eat meat is because of protein. From the time of birth to about one year of age, the fastest growth occurs during life. Therefore, it can be assumed that naturally, breast milk has a lot of protein. In fact, breast milk is about 6% protein. Much less than people had assumed. Most vegetables and fruits have more protein than that.
Even for bodybuilders who think that a lot of protein is needed to build their muscles, protein intake needs to be rethought. Arnold Schwarzenegger, all-time champion in bodybuilding, said: “Most people think that they need 50 to 70% of the protein intake of their total calorie intake to develop their body. However, that is not true. According to my formula, 1 g of protein per 1 kg (1000 g) of body weight is sufficient. “
Since 1 kg is approximately 2.2 pounds (2.2046226218 pounds to be exact), if one weighs 150 pounds, 150 / 2.2 = 68.18 kg. So one needs 68.18 grams of protein. How much is that? 1 ounce is approximately 28.3 grams. So 68.18 / 28.3 = 2.4 ounces. One needs about 2.4 ounces of protein a day. The USDA recommended amount of meat is about 2-3 ounces per serving, which looks like a deck of cards.
However, plants already have that amount of protein, if you eat too much meat, which is most Americans, you are going to make your blood acidic due to excessive protein intake, which causes the loss of calcium in the bones.
People often think that humans should eat meat because we have always been and consider ourselves omnivores. That is not true. Meat has not been an important part of the human diet, they invented equipment to kill animals. That is not that long. Although tens of thousands of years can be a long time, it is only a short moment on the time table of the evolutionary scale.
If you look at the human diet on an evolutionary scale, humans are primates. The entire diet of primates is composed of 95-99% raw fruits and vegetables, except human ones. When food is presented to children who have not yet developed an addiction to food, their natural choice is fruit, although a gourmet dish prepared by the superior boss is right next door. All primates are naturally fond of fruits, including humans.
Of all the primates, none eats meat like humans. Gorillas are 100% vegetarian. Orangutans eat small amounts of insects, bonobos eat meat, but less than 1%. Chimpanzees eat less than 5% of the meat in their total diet. Despite this, all the canines of these primates are sharper and longer than humans.
While most humans are “behavioral” omnivores, when the anatomy of the body is examined, humans are certified herbivores. Herbivores and humans have to chew their food extensively with side-to-side mouth movements before swallowing. Carnivores and omnivores swallow their food whole without chewing much. Omnivores like pigs, when they eat fruits like bananas, they swallow everything, including the skin, while primates always peel the fruits when they eat, just like humans.
Among primates, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, high blood pressure are not seen. You only see that in human society. Interestingly, the same disease is seen when herbivores are fed animal diet. By the way, the clinical study shows that when herbivorous animals switch to human diet, they get diseases than modern humans, such as diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, etc.
The USDA meat recommendation is about 2-3 ounces per serving. I would say that adequate meat intake should not exceed 5% of the human diet.