It’s confusing—not to mention frustrating—that so many “experts” on nutrition pretend that animal food doesn’t exist. Just what do people have against meat? It’s a great source of protein, fat, and cholesterol (which your body needs to survive, no matter what impression the American Heart Association tries to give). Another important but less talked about reason to eat meat is for its folate content.
Meat is the main source of this essential nutrient, also known as folic acid. But if you search the Internet for foods containing folic acid, this is the kind of nonsense you’ll find: Eat more “bulses and legumes…blah, blah, blah…green vegetables and lanth…blah, blah, blah… gingelly seeds… bla, bla, bla…” Then, as an afterthought “…and meat.”
Sure, vegetables contain folic acid too, but when you boil them you end up pouring most of it down the drain. Folate is a water-soluble vitamin so unless you drink the vegetable-water, you get nothing. Raw spinach is OK, but you get four times as much folate when you eat sautéed chicken livers served pink.