Over half the UK male population suffer from Lack of Meat Syndrome
Research conducted by the Sizzling Pubs chain has revealed that, at 53%, over half of the male population suffer from Lack of Meat Syndrome (LMS).
Symptoms of the deficiency include a lack of energy, sadness, mood swings and even anger. The survey identified sirloin steak as hitting men’s “meat-spot”, while one in five admitted to rather going shoe shopping with their partner than missing out on meat.
The survey was carried out with the aid of dietitian Dr Carrie Ruxton, who highlighted that almost 100% of men are meat-eaters. She said: “Current national trends show that fewer than 3% of men report opting for a meat-free diet, and this dietary preference can be traced right back through human evolution.
“Men have eaten meat from caveman times when game provided up to two thirds of daily calories as part of an omnivorous (mixed) diet,” she said. “However, no-one ever painted a carrot on a cave wall, so meat has always had a special role in most men’s diets.”
In the survey of 2,000 men in the UK, it was found that a quarter of them were left feeling unsatisfied after not eating meat. It was also shown that 16% lacked energy and one in 10 said they felt irritable.
“Men are probably attracted to meat because it’s high in protein, which, in the past, would have helped them build muscle for regular hunting duties,” commented Ruxton. “Nowadays, men are more likely to hunt for beer or the latest technology, but the built-in desire for protein is hard to shake off.”
The survey revealed that 4% of men felt angry when going without meat, while nearly half (44%) said they wouldn’t sit down to a proper meal unless it contained meat.
Ruxton pointed out the health benefits gained from eating meat products: “Meat is rich in B vitamins for energy, zinc for sperm production and, in the case of red meat, iron for mental function and blood oxygen transport. That makes meat, particularly lean meat such as steak, a nourishing food for men.”
Out of the survey’s participants, a third claimed steak as their all-time favourite meat, with 31% naming sirloin as their favourite cut.
Meanwhile, the survey showed the lengths that British men would go to avoid a meat-free diet. A third said they would rather be on washing-up duty for a year or read War and Peace than give up meat, with one in eight saying they would rather watch their sporting team lose.
“We’ve long suspected that men don’t just love meat – they actually need it, and struggle when they go without for long periods of time,” said Job Hudson from Sizzling Pubs.
“LMS can strike at any time of the day, so a few simple measures, like packing emergency meat snacks to get you through until meal times, can make all the difference.”
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