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Is meat addictive?

Is consuming meat an addiction?
Does anyone know or feel that there might be addictive qualities to meat consumption? I realize the difference between physical and mental /emotional addictions. If meat is an addictive substance or has addictive qualities, then how is that so? The reason for the question is that it seems to me that some folks have very little problems and some have very many problems when they quite eating the flesh. Why is that?

One answer: addictive ingredients 23.Nov.2005 20:51


Much of the meat eaten in processed foods and in restaurants is prepared with 'sugarized' ingredients and MSG.

From -- The Slow Poisoning of America by John and Michelle Erb -- MSG is added to food for its addictive effect on the human body.

From  http://www.eslcafe.com/forums/korea/viewtopic.php?t=44690

"Even the propaganda website sponsored by the food manufacturers lobby group supporting MSG at:  http://www.msgfactscom/facts/msgfact12.html explains that the reason they add it to food is to make people EAT MORE OF THEIR PRODUCTS.

A study of the elderly showed that people eat more of the foods it is added to. The Glutamate Association lobby group says eating more benefits the elderly, but what does it do to the rest of us? 'Betcha can't eat just one', takes on a whole new meaning where MSG is concerned! And we wonder why the nation is overweight?

The MSG manufacturers themselves admit that it addicts people to their products. It makes people choose their product over others, and makes people eat more of it than they would if MSG wasn't added."

Good question! 23.Nov.2005 22:41


Have you ever heard of NPY (neuropeptide Y)?

Google it. It was discovered about 15 years ago. Just before (suprisingly) the three-fold increase in childhood obesity began to develop.

An article about this substance and it's connection to childhood obesity is in the making.

Are Grains, Pastas, and Breads Addictive, Too? 23.Nov.2005 23:59


Because I know people have a hard time giving those up when they need to also. In fact could the transition from the relative ease of the hunter-gatherer life (2 hrs/work day avg. - Sahlins, 1972) to the drudgery of agricultural life (8-16 hrs/work day avg) have been fueled by an addiction to staple foods such as grains, etc.?

Who Knows? 24.Nov.2005 05:19

Hungry Man

Food is addictive. I just have to have it! Seriously though, eating animal flesh is a bad habit that humans probably acquired as a survival skill when times were very bad and there was little or nothing growing to eat. An Ice Age remnant, perhaps.

Meat Is Addictive 24.Nov.2005 08:03

Saiom Shriver plantslovefruitarians@yahoo.com

The trioxypurine in meat has 3 addictive oxypurines to caffeine's 2 oxypurines
(dioxypurine). Trioxypurine or uric acid is preurine in animal muscle cells
which would have been eliminated had the animal not been murdered.

The crystals of uric acid form in needle fashion around joints causing
the pain of arthritis. The arthritis foundation and medico pharm industrial
complex knows this but is silent.

Trioxypurine also can cause heart attacks.

Dr Owen Parrett has written of this in Diseases Of Food Animals.


Sheesh! 24.Nov.2005 09:30


You said you "realize the difference between physical and mental /emotional addictions." Ask yourself.

is Dihydrogen Monoxide Addictive? 24.Nov.2005 09:33


In our question to be free of corporate toxins, shouldn't we be more concerned about the most pervasive chemical to come out of municipal treatment plants? Strangely enough, most meat tested contained this reactive, corrosive toxin- maybe there is a connection?

see  http://www.dhmo.org/facts.html for more info!!!

Correction 24.Nov.2005 09:34

S Shriver

Sentence should read

The Arthritis Foundation and medico pharm industrial
complex know this but are silent.

I am a meat addict 24.Nov.2005 14:49


Yep, I am a 100 percent gonna die with a smile on my face under the barbeque sauce sore jawed from chewing screw the cholesterol face stuffing meat maniac and that is no joke.

I am not surprised it is bad for me. Smoking causes lung cancer, coke makes your heart blow up, booze turns your liver to a ceramic lump in your body...nothing fun is good for ya. So what else is new?

Lots of things that are fun are excellent for you! 25.Nov.2005 07:57

life lover

There are lots of things that are fun that are also excellent for you:

Breathing fresh air
Swimming in clean, fresh lakes and rivers
Eating fresh fruit
Eating fresh veggies
Making love
Delving into your own inner peace
Being together with friends and loved ones
Making things out of natural, renewable materials
Etc, etc.

The more you do things that are fun and good for you, the less that doing things that are bad for you feels like fun anymore and in fact feels more like a huge chore, a distasteful pain in the moment of doing and not just torture, ill-health and suffering in the future. Conscious, joyful living frees us from the illusions that weigh us down and disguise as fun what is actually no fun at all.

is 'addiction' jargon itself more mystification than meets the eye? 27.Nov.2005 15:44

signifcant perhaps

An article above concerning crystal meth brought out something to chew on:

the despised, imperfect (and oft unknown) dissident psychiatrist Thomas Szasz:
"Do Drugs Cause Addiction?" [PDF file]:
See link at:  http://www.szasz.com/addiction.pdf

an excerpt:
"Addiction is a form of
behavior. Behavior is not caused; it has reasons. Drugs can no
more cause addiction than sex hormones or genitals can cause
perversions or sexual acts. Some drugs, when ingested--which
itself is a decision--some drugs make people feel in certain ways
which they like to repeat. If you want to call that an addiction,
which is already a value judgment, because there are many
behaviors which are now called addictions--for example,
smoking-- Nobody called Churchill or Roosevelt an addict.
Now they would be called nicotine addicts. So addiction is not
a descriptive term, it is a stigmatizing term which is culturally
conditioned. And it reflects not a property of the drug, but a
property of the culture."