No, meat and poultry does not have to be included to be healthier. There are many individuals who choose to be vegetarian or vegan to improve their diet. However, some individuals feel that including meat and poultry are an essential part of life.
Studies have show that individuals with balanced vegetarian and vegan diets are healthier because their intake relies more on plant-based foods. However, you can still consume meats and poultry in moderation to limit the amount of fats and cholesterol to still reach optimal health.