When you cut out all animal products, you immediately cut out all of the processed meats and cheeses that are wrought with preservatives and chemicals. You cut out all the factory farmed animal products that have been pumped with with hormones and antibiotics. Those things are replaced with more fruits and vegetables – living foods with vital nutrients. Proteins will instead come from beans and nuts. On the whole, this sounds like a good idea.
In order to fill the calorie vacuum that shunning meat creates though, many vegetarians turn to a diet heavy in grains.
This poses a number of problems: Ruth Etzel, MD published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that grains are commonly contaminated with mycotoxins – fungal metabolites that are toxic to human health. She also published that corn is universally contaminated. In other words, if you have a diet rich in grain or corn products, you are consuming at least trace amounts of these toxic poisons. One of these poisons is aflatoxin, one of the most poisonous and carcinogenic natural substances on earth.
Also, lets take a look at the things vegetarians are missing. Grass fed beef if a remarkably healthy source of protein and omega 3 fats. It is wrought with vitamins and trace minerals. Salmon and other cold water fish are great sources of omega 3 fatty acids – it is rare that you see a list of “most healthy foods” that doesn’t contain salmon or some other fish. Eggs offer one of the best sources of protein available. If the meat you eat is grass-fed, pastured, or wild caught, is usually going to be free of hormones and antibiotics. Eating animal products of these kinds is a great foundation for an anti fungal diet, and you have very little chance of consuming mycotoxins while eating these foods.
The short answer to the posed question is yes. Filling your diet with hearty vegetables, salads, avocados and pseudo-grains like quinoa is a great strategy when eating Phase 1 vegetarian style. When you move to Phase 2, black beans can provide additional sources of protein. Flax is a great way to get those important omega 3 fatty acids. Just remember that grains, corn, sugar and potatoes are to be avoided.
Like any diet, there are pros and cons to eating vegetarian. For many, the pros will always outweigh the cons. For the rest of omnivores however, if you are careful to select the kinds of meat you consume, you should enjoy your meat guilt-free.