Vegetarianism vs. Meat Eating

Protein
As protein is the only food which builds and repairs tissue, it is the food which has caused the most controversy.
First: As to the amount needed.
Second: As to whether animal flesh protein is necessary.
AMOUNT NEEDED: It was thought for many years that 150 grams or 5 ounces of dry protein (equivalent to about 1-1/2 pounds lean meat) per day was necessary. But experiments of Chittenden and others have proved that considerably less is sufficient, and that the health is improved if less is taken.
Chittenden’s standard is 50 grams, or 1-2/3 ounces, dry protein (equivalent to 1/2 pound meat per day). This is considered by many as insufficient. A variation from 1-2/3 to 3 ounces dry protein per day will give a safe range. (ROSE.)
Approx. 240 to 360 C Per Day
The amount of protein needed is comparatively independent of the amount of physical exertion, thus differing from the purely fuel foods, carbohydrates and fats, which should vary in direct proportion to the amount of physical exertion. In general, 10 to 15 per cent of the total calories per day should be taken as protein.
An excess is undoubtedly irritant to the kidneys, blood vessels, and other organs, and if too little is taken the body tissues will suffer.
Not all of the protein should be taken in the form of animal protein; at least one-half should be taken from the vegetable kingdom.
Animal Flesh Protein
The following are a few of the chief reasons given by those who object to its use:
The Negative Side
First: The animal has just as much right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness as we have.
Second: They may be diseased, and there is the possibility of their containing animal parasites, such as tapeworms and trichin.
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Third: The tissues of animals contain excrementitious material, which may cause excess acidity, raise the blood pressure, and so forth.
Fourth: More apt to putrefy and thus give ptomaine poisoning.
Fifth: Makes the disposition more vicious.
The Affirmative Side
Those who believe that animal protein should be eaten answer these points as follows:
First: Survival of the fittest.
Second: If you give decent support to your health departments they can furnish enough inspectors to prevent the marketing of diseased meat; and if some should slip through, if you thoroughly bake, boil, or fry your animal parasites they will lose their pep.
Third: Most of the harmful products are destroyed by the intestines and liver.
Fourth: True, but see that you get good meat, and don’t eat it in excess.
Fifth: Unanswerableto be proved later by personal experiments.
In addition, they say that animal protein is more easily digested, that 97 per cent is assimilated because it is animal, and so it is much more to be desired, especially by children and convalescents; that vegetable protein is enclosed in cellulose, and only 65 to 75 per cent is used by the system; thus the diet is apt to be too bulky if the proper amount is taken
 

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