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Vegetarianism v The Worlds Healthiest Foods


Why Vegetarianism?

Vegetarianism and more so Veganism is based on a diet very high in total carbohydrate and low to none existent in saturated animal fats and animal protein, this immediately starts to raise alarm bells because of what we know about digestion and how the body responds to high levels of carbohydrate. So for this reason we are indeed right to ask why vegetarianism? However carbohydrate is actually the bodies preferred fuel, though this is only because it’s easier for it to process, more like a higher grade fuel and for this reason one must consider not just the volume but also the type of carbohydrate you consume. Refined carbohydrate is akin to high octane rocket fuel…and we’re not machines.

Carbohydrate is the only macronutrient that is ‘none’ essential…we can not just do without it but we can thrive without it.  The root cause of all obesity epidemics around the world is without any question…carbohydrate.  In addition it is carbohydrate (sugar) that is responsible for destabilising the brain function and development, couple this with a low-fat and second-rate protein from carbohydrate sources, and you’re in big trouble as nothing is more stabilising to the brain than natural dietary fat, sadly lacking in these type of diets.  Carbohydrate rich diets (sugar) damage the brain. So our initial question…Why Vegetarianism? is looking increasingly justified.

A new study out claims vegetarians have smaller brains linked to a deficiency of B vitamins found in meat and fish which would seem to fit knowing what we know about the damaging effects of sugar and a lack of natural dietary fat.  However vegetarians (vegans aside) are quick to make a counter-claim that they get vitamin B from eggs and that Americans having meat as a high proportion of their diet also suffer this deficiency.  Of course the more likely reason Americans suffer vitamin B deficiency is down to the high levels of refined carbohydrate.  This depletes serotonin and greatly depletes B vitamins needed to convert amino acids to the neurotransmitters.  Americans have a high ‘carb’ loading due to the processed foods they consume. So

Vegetarianism is not a natural choice for us humans, whom after a quick check of the skeletal and dental evidence suggests, are indeed omnivores (animals & plants).  We simply do not have physiology to process high levels of carbohydrate in our diet and stay healthy…think Insulin pancreatic cancer etc.  It is only in the developed world where we see un-natural diets of a high carbohydrate loading, where we find people consuming a diet of this type we find..obesity, heart, disease, metabolic syndrome + many more.  In cultures not exposed to processed foods (sugar) obesity is almost unheard of, but noticeable by their absence are the autoimmune and degenerative diseases mentioned before.  The case against carbohydrate but in particular refined carbohydrates is overwhelming.

The Worlds Healthiest Foods

What is the worlds healthiest food? Well having studied nutrition for many years now and having hands on experience both personally and professionally, I along with all my family only consume a natural diet free of refined carbohydrate having a high percentage of saturated (animal) fat together with a protein intake of around 20-25%. We only eat real foods, these are the nutritionally dense foods your grandmother and her mother alike new as food, these of course are the foods us humans evolved on. These are the foods we are designed to eat and our bodies know how to process efficiently, these are the foods we thrive on.

Though this was not always the case as there was a time before my studies when my our diet was as most others in the developed world. However I was 45lbs heavier and in pretty poor health on a collision course with one of those modern diseases, my wife was overweight, my youngest son had been overweight for most of his life.  Thankfully that was then and this is now, we are all lean and fit in optimal health with no medical complaints whatsoever.  In addition to this many of our clients are former Vegetarians or Vegans so we see at first hand the damaging effects this kind diet does to the bodies chemistry.

So What is the worlds healthiest food? The answer is a simple one, it is the food our caveman ancestors would recognise as food. This is natural food high in saturated animal fat, moderate animal protein and supplemented with plant carbohydrate.

Next time in the supermarket you find yourself looking at the fancy boxes enticing you to buy, ask yourself…Would a caveman know it was food?

I would also like to make one last point and that is this:  No human culture in our evolutionary history has ever adopted vegetarianism by choice.

Therefore vegetarianism is nothing more than fashionable trend and an unhealthy one at that. Why Vegetarianism? I think we may have covered that one now.


The Fat Storage Machine


These foods are doing more than just making you fat.

Carbohydrates are great, they are the bodies preferred source of fuel providing instant energy when needed.  Endurance athletes need more than most as they are continually drawing on the bodies resources, consider them as a high octane fuel in a well oiled machine.  However they are also at the source of the obesity problem and so you should monitor very carefully both the type and quantity you eat as they have a dramatic effect on the body chemistry.

It is without question that blood sugar levels are the driving force in the fat storage mechanism as this determines the level of insulin production.  This goes against many who believe fat or more specifically saturated fat and over consumption are the drivers.  This is incorrect as increasing numbers of scientific studies now show that it’s consumption of a high carbohydrate diet and not a high fat diet that is the main cause of fat accumulation,  excess consumption of food is a symptom of being overweight and not the other way around.  It is the fat cells themselves that disrupt the body chemistry which tell the brain to eat more and more.  The alienation of saturated fat began in the 1950’s thanks to the now discredited findings of an American scientist by the name of Ancel Keys.

So back to the real culprits, when consumed carbohydrates are quickly converted into glucose and enter the bloodGlucose-Insulin-Cycle-graphic stream (blood sugar).  Of the two types of carbohydrate simple and complex it is the simple form (sweets, syrups, table sugar, alcohol, soda drinks, fruit juices)  that have the biggest impact on blood sugar levels.  These simple forms have little to no nutritional value but small amounts can be converted for use as instant energy, great…but hang on a moment.  In order for the body to be able to use glucose as fuel it produces a hormone called insulin whose job it is to transport glucose from the blood to the cells, liver and muscles.  The problem is these energy storage banks don’t have much capacity and so quickly become full.  When this happens all surplus glucose in the blood gets stored in the fat cells.  If this were to be an irregular event there would be little to worry about.  But it’s not, as our present day diet is filled with refined carbohydrates in the form of processed foods and drinks, bread, pasta, pastries, soda’s, fruit juices etc. As a result we find ourselves with consistently high levels of insulin working overtime to lower blood sugar.   The presence of high levels of insulin mean three things:

1. Fat cells unable to convert fat to energy

2. Weight Gain

3. Insulin Intolerance ( This is very bad!)

You have basically turned your body into a fat storing machine by constantly feeding it a high carbohydrate diet.  Because our bodies cannot tolerate sustained high blood sugar levels a condition called insulin resistance begins to take effect.  This is very serious and linked to many of the modern autoimmune and degenerative diseases we see today.

Insulin-resistance-cycle-graphicSo what can happen when your body is a fat storing machine? How about type II diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, cancer, Alzheimers to name a few.  Americans are adding, on average one and a half pounds of fat each year with Britain a close second.

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