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June 11, 2020

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B W Robinson
June 15, 2020

looks like a plant full diet wins again, or what’s called a ‘Plant Based Whole Foods Diet’ is best.
Interestingly I’ve read a few studies pointing to animal proteins being a possible cause of inflammation of the endothelial cells lining the blood vessels.

The hypothesis was the immune response is thought to be seeing these proteins as foreign bodies (which literally they are) and mistakingly attacking the endothelial cells with similar protein structures. as humans are animals too.

Even more interesting, was I read a pharmaceutical company has a drug trial going that is aimed at damping this immune response to animal proteins and endothelial inflammation. Their initial findings showed a significant drop in endothelial inflammation.

So getting back to are humans meant to be eating the amount of meat we do, I look at the intestinal tract of the gorilla which has a very similar length and anatomy to humans. They eat a full plant diet. apart from the random insect. They have huge canine teeth, but it turns out they use them for tearing fibrous plant materials. Their bite, incisors and molars are very similar to humans too.

Also I wonder if the advent of the domestic fridge significantly increased meat consumption, because my Irish mother said they rarely ate meat when growing up because they didn’t have suitable cold storage. I’d like to see a study showing if there is a correlation between Coronary vascular disease and the advent of the domestic fridge in different parts of the world. From memory the US got domestic fridges well before the UK and elsewhere.

June 15, 2020

I have also lowered by blood pressure mrdication from 40 to 10 mg lisinipril with a low carb diet. Thhe common element appears to be the elimination of sugar and junk carbs as with the two succesful diets you mentioned, not elimination of red meat, a rich source of nutrition.

June 15, 2020

Can you elaborate on why red meats should be avoided?

B W Robinson
June 15, 2020

Check out my comment as I kind of explained it there. Basically there’s a hypothesis that animal proteins are similar to human proteins so an immune attack on them also mistakenly attack the endothelial cells lining the blood vessels.

As for red meat, it could also be the heme iron that is too much for the body to handle. I’ve read multiple studies suggesting it’s heme iron linked to colon cancer. However there’s studies showing the microbiome is significantly different between non-meat eaters and meat eaters, including red meat. Some of those microbes produce toxic byproducts, one in particular produces ’TMAO’ which is linked too cardiovascular disease. Interestingly TMAO nor that microbe is not found in vegans (if it’s there it’s in very low numbers). So that could be another reason why.

These rogue microbe lives off L-Carnitine and/or Choline which is in much higher amounts in animal products. So the balance of a Western diet is significantly out, compared to those in countries that eat mostly a plant diet and have low cardiovascular disease and cancer rates. I’m unsure where the threshold is on if there is a minimum amount of safe meat intake. But I’d say it’s very low

June 14, 2020

I am surprised by the healthy idea of a bowl of yogurt for breakfast. That is a super low calorie breakfast that is no way filling for everyone. Maybe for a child it is enough. If an uninitiated person follows this suggestion and they get hungry after 1 hour they will feel like a failure and that is sad. I am a slim 5′ 4″ woman and would not be able to get through the morning with this yogurt bowl. I suggest that you do eat the yogurt bowl as well as a piece of wholewheat bread with a little butter or a boiled egg or some peanut butter. If you are still hungry have a half of an apple, too and so on. Eat until you are not hungry.
The problem with these tiny breakfasts is that they cause early hunger pangs before lunch and lead the person to eat some unhealthy snack that is easily available.
The frittata idea is good but only for the weekends when one has time.

June 15, 2020

I agree that the bowl of yogurt with fruit is NOT a sufficient breakfast and would result in a person grabbing a bagel, a doughnut, or some other such non-healthy food mid-morning. I eat steel-cut oats for breakfast AND a 6 oz. jar of my homemade yogurt with a couple of tsp. of homemade maple granola (low in fat) on top. That takes me through the morning nicely.

June 18, 2020

Yogurt is an excellent breakfast if it’s whole milk yogurt. Lowfat products are not whole foods.

June 14, 2020

Good article

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