Against Veganism and Sugar Too By Mrs Vera West
Here is an update on recent studies dealing with the issues of veganism (indirectly) and sugar, regarding cardio-vascular health. Vegan protein according to recent research has its limits. And sugar …well …they don’t call it white poison for nothing. Sorry sugar industry, but there will always be plenty of people consuming the sweet grains.
“For older adults trying to build or maintain some muscle, all proteins are not equal. That’s the main finding of a new study from The Physiological Society that analyzed the gram-for-gram benefits of animal and plant proteins. Derivatives from animals, such as milk, cheese, and meat, may be among the first food items that come to mind when one thinks of protein. But, over the past decade or so, veganism has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity. More people are choosing to forgo animal-based foods due to health, environmental or animal-rights related concerns. There’s no question that a vegan lifestyle carries numerous benefits. But the jury is still very much out regarding a vegan diet’s impact on muscle maintenance and growth among older adults. So, the study’s authors decided to investigate. Now, it’s universally agreed upon by doctors that the main driver of muscle loss as we age is a decrease in muscle proteins being built with amino acids. Of course, amino acids come from the protein we ingest, and then form while exercising.
Replacing animal proteins with plant-based options
The study reveals that one must eat larger quantities of soy or wheat protein to reap the same muscle building benefits as a smaller amount of animal sources. Consequently, the authors say that if an older person decides to switch over to veganism, it’s in their best interests to make sure they adjust their protein intake. Just eating the same amount of plant protein as one would from an animal derivative will likely lead to muscle loss.”
“Cutting out fats is a common go-to “prescription” for people with high cholesterol. A new study says those doctors and dietitians have it all wrong, however: it’s actually carbs that’s the problem. An international team of researchers say they can’t find any reason patients with high cholesterol should avoid eating saturated fats like meat, eggs, and cheese. The group, which includes five cardiologists, adds that a low-carb diet is actually best for people with increased risk of heart disease. Doctors say patients with high cholesterol as a result of a genetic disorder have familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). The condition can cause a person’s cholesterol levels to be two to four times higher than normal. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), men with FH will develop heart disease up to 20 years earlier than normal. Half of men with untreated FH will likely have a heart attack before age 50. For women, 30 percent of untreated FH patients will likely have a heart attack by age 60.
Track sugars when fighting cholesterol
Even the AHA recommends patients lower their consumption of foods high in saturated fat. Still, researchers say the evidence just doesn’t support this. “For the past 80 years, people with familial hypercholesterolemia have been told to lower their cholesterol with a low saturated fat diet,” says David Diamond, a co-author from the University of South Florida, in a statement. “Our study showed that a more ‘heart healthy’ diet is one low in sugar, not saturated fat.” The study authors say the low-carb diet is helpful for a variety of people at risk of heart disease, including those with high blood pressure, diabetes, or weight problems. The study is published in the journal BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine. The researchers add that their results are consistent with another recent study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. That paper says foods like bread, potatoes, and sweets raise blood sugar and should be avoided.”
“For decades, people diagnosed with familial hypercholesterolemia have been instructed to minimize their consumption of saturated fats to lower cholesterol and reduce their risks of heart disease. But a new study published in the journal BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine found no evidence to support those claims. Familial hypercholesterolemia is a genetic disorder that causes people to have cholesterol levels 2-4 times higher than the average person. Organizations, including the American Heart Association, have suggested they avoid eating food from animal sources, such as meat, eggs and cheese, and to avoid coconut oil. An international team of experts on heart disease and diet, including five cardiologists, reviewed dietary guidelines for people with familial hypercholesterolemia. They say they couldn't find any justification for health experts to recommend a low saturated fat diet. "For the past 80 years, people with familial hypercholesterolemia have been told to lower their cholesterol with a low saturated fat diet," said lead author David Diamond, professor and heart disease researcher at the University of South Florida. "Our study showed that a more 'heart healthy' diet is one low in sugar, not saturated fat." Diamond and his co-authors say following a low-carb diet is most effective for people at increased risk of heart disease, such as those who are overweight, hypertensive and diabetic. Their findings are consistent with another paper recently published in the "Journal of the American College of Cardiology," which provided strong evidence that food that raises blood sugar, such as bread, potatoes and sweets, should be minimized, rather than tropical oils and animal-based food.”
Thus, the short of the long, is that the traditional Anglo-Saxon diet of meat and vegetables is great. The Icelandic diet of fish and vegetables may be even better, but all are superior to the masses of pasta and bread, sweets, and refined sugar, of the diets most people have. It is amazing how long it has taken to get back to the dead rock of common sense, but when there is big money involved, scientific objectivity goes out the window.