The Myth About Meat Consumption

Posted by SARAVANAKUMAR V on Thu, Feb 13, 2020  
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Someone asked me “How could you get as strong as an ox without eating any meat?". And my answer was, "Have you ever seen an ox eating meat?" There is a common misunderstanding that meat eaters Limit processed, cured, and salted meats as much as possible. Substitute fish and chicken or turkey (without the skin) for red meat as your mainare stronger than plant eaters. Are they?


The roman gladiators, one of the strongest fighters the world has ever seen are predominantly vegetarians.


Theare's a direct correlation between a meal and endothelial function. Endothelium is a lining of blood vessels. It regulates blood flow throughout the body. It knows that a particular muscle group or organ needs more blood flow,and it dilates, it opens up.


When the endothelium is impaired, which is the case in meat eaters, it cannot open up.It cannot allow blood flow to increase as much. And therefore,impairs athletic performance. The American Heart Association says that consumption of processed meats, is associated with higher incidence of CHD and diabetes mellitus.


During a time when young people were being sold the idea that smoking was actually good. To sell this idea, the tobacco industry turned to famous athletes,the ultimate symbols of fitness and health. For years, the tobacco industry said that their cigarettes did not cause cancer. And theytrotted out their own paid researchers to come out with statements to confuse the issuue. Cigarette ads were eventually banned from sports broadcasting.


Just in time for another big industry to step up to the plate and start playing the same game.Now, that playbook is being used by the food industry with a new generation of athletes.Do you remember the advertisement featuring famous srilankan bowler mutthaiya muralidharan still licking his fingers inside a cricket pitch hours after having a meat burger? I do!


But it wasn't long before the evidence against animal foods stacking up as well. Controlled studies show In animal products,you're getting protein packaged with inflammatory molecules like Neu5Gc (N-Glycolylneuraminic acid) and endotoxins


When we consume animal products, it also changes the microbiome, the bacteria that live in our gut. And the bacterial species that have been shown to promote inflammation overgrow and begin to produce inflammatory mediator like TMAO (Trimethylamine-N-oxide).


On the other hand I found a large body of research showing that plantshave the opposite effect,improving endothelial function and increasing blood flow.In plant-based protein, you're getting protein that's packaged with antioxidants, phytochemicals, minerals,and vitamins that are gonnareduce inflammation,optimize the microbiome and optimize blood supply, and optiizme your body's performance.


The antioxidants that are found almost entirely in plants have, on average, 64 times the antioxidant content of animal foods.


As a result, switching to a plant-based diet can help reduce measures of inflammation by 29 percent in just three weeks.


In a research conducted by Harvard Medical School about red meat consumption and it’s effect on heart and colon, the conclusion was


‘’You don't have to give up red meat to be healthy, but the evidence suggests that you'd be wise to limit your consumption. Learn to think of vegetables and grains as the main dish and meat as the side dish. Two 4-ounce portions a week should be safe; even then, choose lean cuts, trim away excess fat, and avoid charring your meat on a grill. Limit processed, cured, and salted meats as much as possible. Substitute fish and chicken or turkey (without the skin) for red meat as your main protein source, and experiment with beans as a source of protein, fiber, and vitamins’’.


It may seem like a radical new diet, but if you change gradually to Plant based diet and encourage your family to join you, you'll find that a healthful diet comes naturally and is tasty and enjoyable. Your colon will thank you - and so will your heart.


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