Also, there are no long term studies to suggest that heart disease has anything to do with eating meat
Why then, do the Inuit have of heart-disease comprable with Americans?
Why is it that populations who eat less meat, dairy, and eggs- and more fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds have lower rates of heart-disease and longer average life-spans?
Need I remind you of the Okinawans circa 1950? Need I remind you of the Seventh Day Adventists?
These populations held records for longest average life-span (When Okinawa westernized their diet, they lost their longevity, weird coincidence, right? Adventists hold present record) and consume the least meat, dairy, and eggs of any populations. Is that mere coincidence?
Is it a coincidence that the "Blue-Zones" are populations with low meat, dairy, and egg consumption, and higher fruit and vegetable consumption, compared to Western nations?
Yeah, except for the fact you can get heart disease without eating meat
The risk of getting heart-disease without consuming saturated-fat and cholesterol is astronomically low unless you're frying everything you eat in canola oil- and even then, the risk factor ounce-for-ounce is lower than if you were to do the same with animal fat.
BTW I do not advocate eating processed oils, or processed foods in general.
Here are some studies from cardiologists in regard to what the primary risk factors for developing heart disease really are:
From the world heart federation: "Research makes it clear that abnormal blood lipid (fat) levels have a strong correlation with the risk of coronary artery disease, heart attack and coronary death. In turn, abnormal blood lipids are related to what you eat. A diet high in saturated fats (e.g. cheese) and trans fats (often used in cakes, cookies and fast food) leads to high levels of cholesterol.
Saturated fats are found in animal products. Trans fats are oils that have been hydrogenated to turn them into semi-hard fats. Hydrogenated fat is found in processed food like shop-bought cakes, biscuits, stock cubes and a range of other products you buy every day. Saturated and trans fats raise cholesterol levels in the blood, which in turn can lead to atherosclerosis.
Unsaturated fats, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated are beneficial for heart health. They are present in fish, nuts, seeds and vegetables.
The essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 are found in oily fish and in nuts and seeds. Our bodies cannot make these acids so we have to eat them to gain their benefits, which include improving cholesterol levels in the body.
But it is important to note that if your total fat intake is greater than 37% of your total calories, then even if that fat is unsaturated you increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Saturated fat intake should not exceed 10% of total energy and for high-risk groups, like people with diabetes, total fat intake should be 7% or less of total energy."
Yes there are other factors implicated in heart disease, but saturated fat consumption is the most potent risk-factor. In addition, other risk factors for CVD are eliminated when following the diet I espouse: A diet with little-to-no processed foods, a diet rich in whole fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
There is no human-necessary nutrient exclusive to meat, dairy, or eggs. What does that tell you about your biology? It is at odds with the requirements of taxonomic omnivores, like bears.