by Clara P. Triane, M.D. and Sol Ta Triane
People often think eating a meat-based diet is more expensive than eating a plant-based diet, but that is not the case. Of course, it can add up quickly to eat $15/pound steaks every day, but there are many surprisingly inexpensive cuts of meat.
Consider the nutrition from eating a pound of meat vs. a pound of vegetables. Imagine eating a pound of ground beef for your meal, as opposed to a pound of carrots—the ground beef will be very nutrient dense and satiating; the pound of carrots will leave you unsatisfied. How many pounds of vegetables would you have to consume in order to even come close to the nutrition of a pound of beef?
Consider cooking a pound of meat vs. a pound of vegetables: the vegetables shrink down to a much smaller amount and are much lower in nutritive value.
Grocery stores vary widely in terms of their meat prices. Check your local supermarkets, as well as the stores that sell large cuts to restaurants, to see who offers the best prices. Always look for sales.
Meat can be pricier if organically-fed or grass-finished. If you can afford it or find a good deal, those may be preferable, but if you're on a limited budget they are certainly not critical. The nutrition you get from eating meat, regardless of what the animal was fed, will still be far superior to that from plant-based foods. Fill up on meat and eggs so you don't need to ingest low-nutrient substances.
Many people spend a lot of money on costly supplements, herbs and nutraceuticals to try to make up for deficiencies in their diet. One can obtain all the nutrition that one needs on a low carb, meat-based diet, thereby decreasing and in many cases eliminating the need for supplements. This is also a big money saver!
Here are some tips for buying meat inexpensively:
Happy shopping, and don't forget the knife and sharpener!
Dr. Clara Triane with keto legend Dr. Eric Westman, bestselling author of End Your Carb Confusion