Today, I'm presenting a subject added to our regular schedule, in order to answer a question that I often read in the comments. What you often ask me in the comments is if I eat meat. The answer is that I don't eat meat. But I'd like to spend some time to explain my relationship with meat in detail. Since I was a kid, I loved meat and considered it the tastiest food. Especially grilled meat. With regard to this, I wasn't any different from the other kids and the other young people of my age. However, my parents, especially my father, insisted that meat should be consumed in moderation. When I started studying medicine, I mainly studied the medical books that had been published in the '90s and had been based on the scientific experiments that were published from the '60s till the '80s. At that time, all experts had concluded that eating meat was to blame for everything. This was the message that I most often read in medical books. It seemed to me that meat was to blame for everything: cholesterol, uric acid, some types of cancer, heart diseases, strokes, etc. Unfortunately, reality is much more complex than this. And it's unfair to say that meat is to blame for all these. Since the '90s, this has started to become clearer and clearer. An attempt was made to divide the meat into fatty and lean meat, demonising the fatty meat and vindicating the lean meat. This has been proven wrong too. Right now, I believe that meat is neither good nor bad. Some people should eat less meat or even no meat, while some other people should eat more meat than they're eating. We now have the tools to individualise the amount of meat that we can safely consume, having blood tests done and respectively adjusting cholesterol, uric acid, etc. However, I was trained at a time when meat had been demonised. My involvement with healthy diet and lifestyle coincided with the demonisation of meat. This is how I decided to quit meat. I haven't eaten meat for 15-20 years. However, right now, the reason that has made me quit meat, namely my belief that my diet would improve, does not exist anymore. I don't believe that if you quit meat, your diet will necessarily improve. Of course, my diet is now better than ever. But not because I've quit meat, but because I've quit many processed foods and I've enriched my diet with legumes, vegetables cooked in olive oil, vegetables, fruit, fish and dried nuts. These are the healthiest foods you could eat. I don't believe that if I ate a little meat, my diet would be worse. Therefore, if someone asks me today why I don't eat meat, I'll possibly answer that I don't eat it mainly out of habit. Namely, I've quit it believing that it would the best thing I could do for my health, but I don't believe this anymore. A healthy diet has to do with both what we eat and what we don't eat. I often hear someone saying "I don't eat sugar." But in no case do I automatically believe that their diet is healthy. Quitting sugar is surely good, but this doesn't automatically make our diet much better. A healthy diet is defined by both what we eat and what we don't eat. For many people, I believe that if they eat a little meat, it's not bad for their health. But if a patient has increased cholesterol, increased uric acid, history of heart disease in their family and some other diseases, I'll discuss the possibility and the need to reduce or even quit meat. But meat is possibly not the first thing that they have to quit. Thank you very much!

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