Bio-Individuality, the Myth That Some People ‘Just Need Meat’

GR:  All people need the same nutrients. This story explains why that’s true and it debunks the “bio-individual” myth. The subject is important because switching to a vegetarian diet is one of the ways people can help stop converting wildlife habitat to monotonous rows of cattle feed.

Illustration from The Princess and the Pea.

“Increasingly, there are many institutions and professionals who teach a “Bio-Individual” approach to nutrition. But what does this mean, and does it hold any merit?

“Bio-Individuality basically translates to: “There’s no one-size-fits-all diet – each person is a unique individual with highly individualized nutritional requirements.” The Bio-Individual Diet paradigm holds that “Personal differences in anatomy, metabolism, body composition and cell structure all influence your overall health and the foods that make you feel your best. That’s why no single way of eating works for everyone. The food that is perfect for your unique body, age, and lifestyle may make another person gain weight and feel lethargic.” Proponents of this idea also often believe that “men eat differently than women, children eat differently than adults, and… our personal tastes and inclinations, natural shapes and sizes, blood types, metabolic rates and genetic backgrounds, all influence what foods will and won’t nourish us.

”Bio-Individuality & Nutrition: Breaking It Down

“1. Bio means “life” in Greek. Individuality means “the particular character, or aggregate of qualities, that distinguishes one person or thing from others; sole and personal nature.”

“Bio-Individuality lends itself to mean that each of us has “unique life.” Is this true? Of course it’s true, but “unique” is relative. As humans, we are very different from one another in many ways if you compare two people. But if you compare a human to a Jamaican Rock Iguana, those two humans begin to seem pretty similar and, as it turns out, they are.

“2. So is there a “one-size-fits-all” diet for humans?

“Yes. When born healthy, humans are anatomically very similar, warranting a natural diet [lifetime food, not a weight-loss plan] intended for human anatomy & physiology.” –Carla Golden (Continue reading:  Bio-Individuality & the Myth That Some People ‘Just Need Meat’.)

A Warning: Wake Up World!

Resistance to change:  People don’t respond to warnings by strangers, including scientists and governments. At times, leaders must make repeated calls for change, and sometimes they must use rules and penalties to force change. In many instances, the rules are deceptively designed to benefit for-profit corporations, but when the only discernable winners are the people and the Earth, leadership achieves its highest calling.

Animalista Untamed

The Earth sea level rising global warming Wake Up World!

Way back in 2010 an article appeared in the Guardian newspaper to make a vegan heart rejoice. It’s headline was UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet. I even printed it out and carried it around in my bag, in the hope of waving it in the face of any unfortunate omnivore who might question my choices. In the passage of time, it crumbled to bits, adding to the “fur” in the bottom of my bag. During the last five years, the report itself may just as well have crumbled into dust, for all the notice it seems to have been paid.

But the facts and figures in it were both compelling and alarming:

  • The global population is surging towards a predicted 9.1 billion by 2050
  • As developing economies grow, their consumption of meat and dairy products increases
  • Animal products cause more environmental damage than the production of…

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16 Facts That Show How Going Vegan Helps Stop Climate Change | PETA UK

“The global demand for meat and animals products is wreaking havoc on our planet. Find out how going vegan helps the environment.”  From: www.peta.org.uk

GR:  Great graphics and discussion. According to the article, a vegan diet releases about one-third as much CO2 as a heavy meat diet. Moreover, to produce the same amount of protein, beef requires 32 times more land than soybeans. Unfortunately, the article relates the savings to the greater number of people that Earth could support on vegan diets rather than relating the savings to the greater amount of land that could be left for wildlife and ecosystems.

Take Extinction Off Your Plate

“Meat production is one of the main drivers of environmental degradation globally, and the crisis is rapidly growing worse.  That’s why the Center for Biological Diversity launched our Earth-friendly Diet campaign.”  More at:  www.takeextinctionoffyourplate.com

GR:  Without population control, and if we continue with our meat diet, the Earth will soon become a factory farm for feeding humans. Other species and their habitats will be gone.  Join the CBD effort to improve our diet.