Eating right is a BELIEF in what is right to eat!
Eating right is just a belief. All our beliefs are constructed in our social and cultural context.
We need all the MACRO-nutrients on the food labels: proteins, carbohydrates, fat, and the energy that comes with it. But we also need nutrients that we are less familiar with - everyone seems to know that we need proteins - animal protein is considered “somehow better”, though nobody can explain exactly why! We circle around a nutrition common knowledge that is most of the time superficial or outdated.
Our nutrition beliefs are not based on knowledge though we do not feel that way. We have a strong built in - taken for granted - position on what is food.
Most of our actions are based on beliefs. Beliefs are constructed in social contexts during long times, many time long before your grandparents were born. So we do not know the original context in which that “right way of doing”, the “normality” was born or the way it evolved during time. What OTHER PEOPLE DO tends to becomes the natural and NORMAL WAY!
This is the case with meat and animal products. Do your own research, regarding about the history of this topic.
Although many proven scientific reasons to eat less meat and animal product, have been revealed we have a great resistance in listening to such a voice and reducing meat consumption. This is because of our cultural&social context, information and food availability, habits…but there is one less visible that is linked with the way we see ourselves.
We see ourselves at the top of the food chain. The most intelligent living creature, entitled to exercise this power. What better way to prove yourself the superiority than eating the inferior. Giving up or just reducing meat consumption makes us feel like giving up the power and status we were invested with. This is why vegetarians and vegans might be seen as awkward people: they seem to be different in a fundamental way.
In order to keep up with the challenges of our times, gathering nutrition knowledge, is essential as learning new skills in any other field of our life. So we welcome you to learn and decide what is good and what is not by your self - despite what other people might say! - :)