by: Stephen B. Blezinger

I like meat, plain and simple. Beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey (not much on duck or goose), all kinds of fish and sea food and various wild game. I like it grilled, broiled, smoked, fried and baked. I like it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and any other meal in between. I just like meat. My idea of a well-balanced meal is some cut of meat (really don't care which) beside a nice serving of potatoes and a vegetable. I like to include a good salad as long as there is generous amounts of dressing.

I share this appreciation for animal food products with a whole host of folks out there. We like to think about it, talk about it, talk about how to prepare it, talk about how to store it and use it for left overs. We enjoy it at birthdays, holidays, tail-gate parties. If we have something to celebrate we go out for a good steak. Really don't hear much discussion that entails: “that's a great accomplishment. Let me take you out for a really good salad!”

But I know there are also lots of folks out there that are not meat eaters. They have made the decision to follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle and diet as is their right. My opinion is: more power to them. I only get a little irritated when one of these disciples makes an aggressive effort to school me on the superiority of their decision and why all animal foods/protein sources should be eliminated due to the fact that it is “bad for me” or is “killing the planet” among other planks on their platform.

Frankly, most folks who pursue this diet form do so because they believe it is the best for their health, have philosophic reasonings or simply do not like the taste of meat products. In many cases vegetarians do, in fact, maintain products such as eggs or dairy (milk, butter) because these products are produced by the animal and do not require its slaughter. Whatever the case, they do so in a personal manner and do not rail on those around them, attempting to force them to do the same.

Veganism takes the elimination of animal products a step farther and goes beyond dietary inclusions. Their efforts include a focus on eliminating animal products from all aspects of their lives including clothing and any products they purchase or use. Again, if this is their choice then more power to them.

However, once we take a look at the world around us we find that pursuing either of these lifestyles can be challenging. The products around us include a huge variety of animal sourced products and by-products from meat (protein) production.

The next time you encounter someone who is a vegetarian and you have the occasion to debate this fact with them, share with them the following:

If we look at ONLY products taken from the processing of cattle and beef we find the following:

For as long as animals have been used for food, by-products have been important to humans. Cattle provide us with many by-products parts of the cow other than beef- which are used to create industrial, household, health, and food products, many of which you consume or use every day:


In addition to basic cuts of beef, which by itself are an excellent source of protein, energy, minerals and vitamins, an important common food component is gelatin. Gelatin comes from the connective tissue of cattle and is used to make many of the foods we often eat such as candies, dairy products, desserts, diet products, jellies and marshmallows.


You might be surprised to learn the number of products in your home made with cattle by-products. No matter where you live, you likely have several of the following products in your home made from fats and proteins:

• Candles
• Ceramics
• Crayons
• Cosmetics
• Deodorants
• Detergents
• Floor Wax
• Insecticides
• Insulation
• Linoleum
• Mouthwash
• Paints
• Paper
• Perfume
• Plastic
• Photographic film
• Shaving Cream
• Soaps
• Synthetic Rubber
• Textiles
• Toothpaste


Since cattle are organically similar to humans, our bodies easily accept medication or a treatment made with animal components:

• Blood factors (for treating hemophilia, killing viruses and making anti-rejection drugs).
• Chymotrypsin (promotes healing of burns and wounds).
• Collagen (used in plastic surgery and to make non-stick bandages).
• Cortisol (anti-inflammatory).
• Glucagon (treats hypoglycemia or low blood sugar).
• Heparin (anticoagulant used to treat blood clots).
• Insulin (for treating diabetes or high blood sugar).
• Pancreatin (aids in digestion of food).
• Thrombin (coagulant which helps blood clot).
• Vasopressin (controls intestinal and renal functions).
• Vitamin B-12 (prevention of B-Complex deficiencies).


Cowhides provide us with leather, which is used to make clothing, shoes, boots, belts, purses, wallets, gloves, luggage, and automobile and furniture upholstery.


Cattle by-products help us to get us where we're going- whether it's by land, air or sea:

• Antifreeze contains glycerol derived from fat.
• Asphalt contains a binding agent from beef fat.
• Beef fats and proteins are used to make auto and jet lubricants, outboard engine oil, high performance greases, and brake fluid.
• Glue from beef protein is used in automobile bodies.
• Tires have stearic acid, which makes rubber hold its shape

So as you can see, it is virtually impossible to live our lives without the use of animal (beef) products in some manner. Anyone who says they don't. . . .just doesn't understand.

Copyright 2016 – Stephen B. Blezinger, Ph.D., PAS. Dr. Steve Blezinger is and nutritional and management consultant with an office in Sulphur Springs Texas. He can be reached at (903) 352-3475 or by e-mail at For more information visit us on Facebook at Reveille Livestock Concepts.

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