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I am a carnivore. I have come to terms with this. I was a vegetarian for a number of years, but drifted back to what was more comfortable. I know what I’m eating, even though the named cut of meat little resembles it’s anatomical name. A strip steak or ribeye give one little clue as to it’s origin. Even though I know that the tenderloin is the cow’s psoas, I feel there is a degree of separation that allows me not to think too much about its origin.

This all changed this morning, with an article in my local newspaper’s living section on the “new” steaks. Among a few innocuous named cuts was the Teres Major, as well as a recipe for this cut. My degree of separation was completely demolished. Is this crafty meat marketing or a major mistake? Maybe only those with some degree of anatomical knowledge will be bothered by this new cut. Count me in that group.

For now,

Walt Fritz, PT

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Comment by Therese Schwartz on June 15, 2012 at 7:11pm

I use GNC's Whey Protein in milk every morning for breakfast.  I've had a protein shake of some variety for breakfast for something like 14 years.  I like protein!!  I've been recommending Greek yogurt to people lately for its high protein content, and it really tastes good.

Comment by Gordon J. Wallis on June 15, 2012 at 4:40pm

The only thing that repairs damaged mucle tissue is protien....When Im achy and painy... I increase my protien intake... It works.     Sorry I cant spell..... I often recomend Twin Labs liquid protien supplement to people that suffer from lots of muscle pain and Trigger points...It works well with massage for those people....Thats my truth anyway....

Comment by Therese Schwartz on June 15, 2012 at 3:47pm

It seems to me that this idea that we aren't supposed to eat meat is an unhealthy denial of human nature, and a complete lack of understanding of the science of how we work.  It's one thing to be a vegetarian or promote it because a person believes that eating meat is somehow morally objectionable.  But I've seen attempts to actually claim that we were never supposed to eat meat.  Seems like more revisionist history!  And I doubt that my canines are there to help with vegetables! :)

Comment by Walt Fritz, PT on June 15, 2012 at 12:49pm

I concur, though I have posted this blog a number of other places on the internet and there are many folks who have disagreed. They WANT people to have a more direct connection to what they eat, hoping this removal of the degree of separation will make one not want to eat meat. Me...I like who I am and what I eat. I would simply prefer a different name.

Comment by Therese Schwartz on June 15, 2012 at 12:39pm

One of my clients recently told me that she just figured out that meat is muscles from animals!  She new that it came from animals, of course, but the concept of it being muscle was new to her.  She felt kind of silly!

I think they should have come up with something different than Teres major.  I'm a carnivore too (omnivore I suppose!) but a cut of meat called the name of the muscle makes me feel a bit queasy!  Like you, it removes that degree of separation that keeps things more comfortable!

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