Do you like beef? Well guess what, we’re in danger of having it removed from the food supply.

Fact is, for generations our parents and grandparents viewed beef as a nutritious blessing. But now there are those with extreme vegan views who are trying to remove not just beef but meat from the food supply. And if they are successful, what will we be missing?

First of all, let’s look at beef. Did you know that beef provides L-carnitine? And here’s why L-carnitine is important:

Among other functions, L-carnitine plays a part in fat metabolism. You see, L-carnitine does the job of transporting fats into our mitochondria for burning. Or in other words, L-carnitine is the garbage truck that hauls out your trash.

Plus L-carnitine promotes heart health. For example, it exerts a positive effect on hypertension (lowering blood pressure), oxidative stress (or improving oxygen supply), nitric oxide (more below) and reduces inflammation. In fact, L-carnitine is associated with a 27% reduction in all-cause mortality in heart failure patients.

Meanwhile, nitric oxide is one of the most important molecules for blood vessel health. It’s a vasodilator, meaning it relaxes the inner muscles of your blood vessels, causing the vessels to widen. In this way, nitric oxide increases blood flow and lowers blood pressure.

Also, L-carnitine intake by diabetes patients balances glucose (sugar) levels and improves their overall cholesterol profile. In addition, L-carnitine helps with weight loss.

Meanwhile, you vegans might say, you can get the same benefits from plant-based foods. But that is not true.

For example, it takes 162 times the amount of asparagus to equal the same amount of L-carnitine in beef. Thus you can imagine the amount of asparagus that would have to be grown to replace what you are already getting in your beef supply.

Plus it’s worth noting that while there are many L-carnitine supplements around, the absorption rate is poor in comparison to beef. In fact, our body only absorbs around 14-18% of the synthetic form of the nutrient.

Beef also provides the “Master Antioxidant” glutathione. And what does glutathione do? Well, it has anti-aging benefits, increases longevity, helps prevent illness, reduces the risk of chronic disease, strengthens the immune system and helps protect every cell in our body from cellular damage, which can lead to many chronic diseases.

Keeping our glutathione levels high is critical for good health, and beef is a food that helps us to achieve this. In addition, glutathione detoxes our body better than any “detox plan” or supplement can.

Meanwhile, beef also contains creatine and creatine improves exercise performance, more muscle growth and development and it provides muscles with greater energy supply and improves endurance.

Yet, those who oppose beef say that cattle emit high levels of methane through belching and flatulence. However, the fact is that, if the grasses that cattle are grazing on are allowed to mature and decompose, the amount of gases emitted from them are many times more than the amount emitted by cattle.

Meanwhile, English independent scientist, environmentalist and futurist James Lovelock once said that if we gave up eating beef we would have roughly 20 to 30 times more land for food than we have now.

Fact is, according to Dave Duquette, executive director of Western Justice, to replace the protein currently supplied by cattle we’d need a land mass the size of South America. And the pollutants emitted by the fuels used by the equipment used to produce those foods would be many times the amount of gases currently being emitted.

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Kevin Holten is a columnist and executive producer of “Special Cowboy Moments” on RFD-TV.

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