Consumption of meat and dairy products has become a planetary urgency. “We need to change our diet. The planet cannot feed billions of carnivores, “said David Attenborough in his 2020 biographical document. Life on our planet. Nevertheless, this transition from meat consumption to the plant-based diet is full of fear and cultural constructions that box us out, especially in people who become vegans.
It is increasingly recognized that meat consumption has a negative impact on animal welfare, the environment and personal and public health.
Researchers warn that eating meat is not just a dietary preference; it is wrapped with gender. Manifestations of masculinity continue to dominate the male body and are often symbolized by meat consumption. Meat consumption for men is a symbol of masculinity – to the extent that maintaining male masculinity can be one of the factors contributing to gender differences in meat consumption and health differences associated with excessive meat consumption.
The most common demographic group of vegans are women between the ages of 18 and 34, and twice as many women as vegans. And most vegans are women – in the UK, about two-thirds of vegans identify as women; in the US it is 4 to 1. According to the US Department of Health, men eat 57% more meat worldwide than women.
Article v Guardian earlier this year, lifelong vegan David Hillier questioned the assumption that “real men eat meat.” Hillier describes his youth as a series of constant teasing and embarrassment, giggling, and comments about his manhood for his decision not to eat meat. He was overwhelmed by the ubiquitous use of “gay” as an insult. “Soy boy” and “you have to be gay because you’re vegan” stickers have become commonplace.
Gossip about the vegan diet is repeated in Western culture. It will not help when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson claims that veganism is a “crime against cheese lovers”.
How has meat become synonymous with masculinity? Men are often offended by other men who consciously choose not to eat dead things and openly express their dismay. Singular models of Western masculinity attribute gender to certain foods, suggesting that men and women “do gender” by consuming gender-appropriate foods. Meat, especially red meat, is an archetypal male dish. Men often emphasize meat, and women often minimize meat when portraying gender as individuals.
As a result, males often profess their flesh.
What can be done to convince the boys that backing down with a barbecue, saying no to steak tips, even reducing roast beef is the easiest way to reduce an individual’s carbon footprint?
What is a protein myth?
From a cultural point of view, meat is a symbol of vigor and dominance, and its consumption puts human beings at the top of the food chain and fills human bodies with the proteins and fats needed to perform high-energy work.
However, the Medical Committee for Responsible Medicine says that a varied plant-based diet composed of whole grains, vegetables and beans can easily cover a person’s daily protein needs, without the risks of animal products. With the traditional Western diet, the average person in the United States consumes about twice the protein their body needs.
In addition, the main sources of protein consumed are animal products, which are also high in fats and saturated fats. While it is true that your body needs protein, the reality is that you need more plant-rich foods that provide them with protein and build muscle.
Protein is found in all plant foods except fruit. It is easy to get enough protein from a plant diet. In fact, raw vegetables contain an average of 5 to 15% protein, while cooked beans and legumes boast 18 to 30% protein. Sufficient protein can be obtained by consuming vegetables with a high protein content, such as spinach, cabbage, broccoli, peas, brussels sprouts, mushrooms and asparagus. Lentils, beans, nuts and seeds, quinoa and buckwheat are also high sources of protein.
Rich, famous and sporty – Boys who become vegans
Do you find it incompatible that bodybuilders could eat plants? Ultra runners? And what about the competitors?
Could a Formula 1 pilot be vegan? They usually experience 5 g when braking, 2 g when accelerating and 4 to 6 g when cornering. Each Formula 1 car has an Accident Data Recorder (ADR) installed, which records speed and g-forces.
Lewis Hamilton said he was concerned about animal cruelty, global warming and personal health, and was one of the “hegans” who turned gender stereotypes on their heads. He has won the Formula 1 Championship 7 times (8 if you question the legitimacy of the results of the 2021 season). He was promoted to aristocratic status and was named one of Pete’s 20 most beautiful vegan celebrities in 2021. As one of the most influential British vegans, he shares his plant philosophy with his nearly 27 million followers on Instagram – even his dog is a vegan.
Scott Jurek does not eat meat or dairy products. Nevertheless, the ultra-runner excels in athletic performance – he ran the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in a record 46 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes. He also twice won the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon, “the toughest running race in the world,” and three times in a row won the 153-mile Spartathlon in Greece.
Multiple Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic follows a plant diet for optimal athletics. During the press conference, he explained:
“It’s more than just a diet, because you also have ethical reasons to be aware of what’s going on in the animal world. Slaughtering animals and farming and everything, of course, is also a huge impact on climate change, which may not be so much talked about. It’s more than a performance reason for me; it’s a lifestyle. It’s something I’m really proud of. “
Patrik Bouboumian became Germany’s strongest man in 2011 – the first vegan to do so. In 2012, he also won the European Powerlifting Championships in Finland, where he defeated strongmen from all over the continent. In 2013, he told his followers:
“This is news for everyone who thinks you need animal products to be fit and strong. Almost two years after I became a vegan, I’m stronger than ever and I’m getting better day by day. ”
Final Thoughts – Survey Says…
As early as 2010, studies shed light on the fact that omnivorous and vegetarian participants rated plant-based targets as more virtuous and less masculine than omnivorous targets.
An animal diet is no longer a marginal problem. But what can be done to relieve more males of plant-based diets? Confronting gender stereotypes about meat consumption will certainly help. What do recent surveys tell us about the growing acceptance of veganism?
According to a 2019 survey commissioned by the Vegan Society, the number of British vegans quadrupled to 600,000 between 2014 and 2019.
In 2020, the Vegan Society conducted a survey of 1,000 British people and found that most feel guilty when they eat animals like pigs but not dogs.
A global survey conducted in 2021 by the worldwide health non-profit organization NSF found that 88% of food industry experts said they expected an increase in demand for plant products. 74% said they think consumers choose herbal products for a healthier lifestyle, and 60% believe it is more environmentally friendly.
According to a 2021 study, the British reduced meat intake by almost 17% in ten years. Planetary Health Lancet magazine.
Research also in 2021, published in the journal Plos Onefound that the diet of the average British man produced 40% more carbon emissions than the diet of women, mainly due to increased meat consumption.
A study from August 2021 shows that, among other dietary, motivational, and demographic factors, pro-environmental behavior positively predicted both short-term and future adherence to plant-based diets.
An American study published in November 2021 in a journal Taste found that compliance (or other) with traditional gender roles was still a good predictor of meat consumption and openness to vegetables for environmental reasons.
It helps that the documents like those on Netflix normalize the concept of abstinence or meat reduction. The Game Changers is great if you haven’t seen it. It tells the story of James Wilks – the elite special forces trainer and winner of The Ultimate Fighter – as he travels the world on a journey to discover the optimal diet for human performance. He discovers that the world’s elite athletes are vegans – both men and women.
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