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More Meat Equals More Inflammation

More Meat Equals More Inflammation

OK, the link between higher amounts of meat and inflammation isn’t exactly news to most people but it’s always great when research backs up our understanding: eating more meat spells higher inflammation levels in the body.

That’s the conclusion of scientists at the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Nutritional Epidemiology at the University of Bonn in Germany.  They examined 46 studies to assess markers of inflammation, particularly a substance known as C-reactive protein.  C-reactive protein has been linked in other research as a precursor to serious, chronic diseases like heart disease.

In the Bonn, Germany study published in the journal Nutrition Reviews, scientists found higher levels of inflammation markers, especially C-reactive protein in meat-based or “Western-like” diets while plant-based diets high in fruits and vegetables tended to result in lower inflammation levels.

That’s good news for anyone striving to eat a plant-based diet focused on more fruits and vegetables.  Fruits and vegetables are nutritional powerhouses thanks to their macronutrient content (amino acids, natural sugars for energy, and fatty acids) as well as their micronutrient content, which includes vitamins and minerals.  But that’s not all.  Fruits and vegetables are high in phytonutrients.  “Phyto” means “plant” so “phytonutrients” simply means plant nutrients.  There are hundreds of different phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables, which include:  anthocyanins, carotenoids, catechins, flavonoids, polyphenols, and others.

Phytonutrients have been shown in research to help keep us fitter, protect our memory, improve our eyesight, ward off the effects of aging, fight cancer, and much more. So, it’s no surprise that a diet high in phytonutrient-rich foods reduces inflammation in the body.

The study’s results are also good news because inflammation is increasingly being linked to most forms of chronic disease, including:  heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and many others. Knowing that a simple switch to a plant-based diet high in fruits and vegetables can cause a significant drop in disease-producing inflammation, means we can empower ourselves to take charge of our health and dramatically reduce our likelihood of experiencing serious illness.  If we’re already experiencing one of these serious illness, then we can also empower ourselves to take charge of the illness in a natural way, free of side-effects.

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2:50PM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

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- more specifically, how would the Inuit have survived their predominately carnivore diet (granted as having been limited in fruits and vegetables) to develop, once 'modernized', increasing rates of cancers, diabetes and heart disease common to industrial societies and those contaminated by toxic mining practices and other such profitable polluting industry activities, such as the air-borne fossil fuel/industrial pollutants also collecting in their area?

The ability of massive corporations and the few at the top of the financial tree sucking up the global money supply to have their ability to, in example, attempt to directly control US elections with their billions has affected American voting rights in many ways, with decades of profitably reduced salaries and wages for workers feeding corporate wealth and power - yet the workers must vote with their shrunken wallets not only for their own health but their survival as a country, (as must we all, in our respective countries which corporations seek to take over) because only that will reduce the corporate power over public policy and the food supply.

Buy range-raised and organic foods where you can, and cut inflammation, disease and dysfunction by that amount, while you cut corporate power as well.

2:49PM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

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One of the reasons the wealthy are healthier than the poor is that they are not reduced to buying/making do with cheaper, more toxic products, petrochemical-based/plastic rugs and other furnishings likely to outgass, for example, as well as inadequate/cheaper and more toxic, less nourishing food, (among other factors such as living in high-traffic areas or near industrial production sites/toxic waste dumps, under higher, chronic stress levels for even basic survival, and lacking control over their own lives, which last is also a major, if not well advertised, factor in ill health) but in a world where people were paid a living wage, the health and premature mortality gaps would also be reduced, along with much of the expedient cruelty committed against man and beast tormented and drained for further, short-term profits.

If the consumption of meat somehow naturally caused inflammation as the result of cellular damage/the immune system 'confused' into attacking body parts (in reality, typically by disrupting petro/GM biochemicals,) how would carnivores and omnivores such as ourselves have survived long enough to evolve and maintain breeding populations without developing resistance to something commonly consumed - more specifically, how would the Inuit have survived their predominately carnivore diet (granted as having been limited in fruits and vegetables) to develop, once 'modernized', increasing rates of cancers, diabetes and heart disease common to ind

2:48PM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

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Also, Monsanto currently makes money and gains control from crop plants they're gaining global rights over but not yet from GM/cloned meat - whether this plays directly into it, I've no idea, although it would work in with their interests, and I've read that Monsanto shareholders retained a 51% (controlling) interest in Pharmacia, which was the largest research-based pharmaceutical company in the world, when they sold it to Johnson and Johnson in 2003 to become Pfizer, the world's largest research-based pharmaceutical company, something to bear in mind when viewing victim blame disease attributions to 'life-style', natural crop plants or other natural food sources in research findings in a world inundated with ever-increasing, profitable/cost-cutting industrial carcinogens and otherwise damaging petro/biochemicals...

If people were being paid a living wage for work and birth control of all sorts were made more easily affordable/available, they could afford better quality food, and the effects of corporate greed resulting in the horrendous conditions of the factory farm would have reduced in proportion to this and might no longer exist, once awareness spread and consumer demand changed - if people were only able to buy healthy food raised more naturally.

One of the reasons the wealthy are healthier than the poor is that they are not reduced to buying/making do with cheaper, more toxic products, petrochemical-based/plastic rugs and other furnishings li

2:47PM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

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Attributing these ill effects of industrial toxins to the natural products themselves or to consumer freedom of choice helps protect the ever-increasing profitability of powerful, intertwined fossil fuel/petrochemical/GM/nanotech/asbestos/nuclear/mining/manufacturing - polluting - industries, of which the pharmaceutical industry, responsible for much testing and funding/influencing of studies and of much medical information, is one aspect, with an interest in maintaining the long-running, government-adopted industrial victim blame syndrome transferring liability to the victims and costs to individuals and society.

And the pharma industry is making a killing - in both senses - from selling drugs to cover symptoms from industrial disease and dysfunction.

Also, Monsanto currently makes money and gains control from crop plants they're gaining global rights over but not yet from GM/cloned meat - whether this plays directly into it, I've no idea, although it would work in with their interests, and I've read that Monsanto shareholders retained a 51% (controlling) interest in Pharmacia, which was the largest research-based pharmaceutical company in the world, when they sold it to Johnson and Johnson in 2003 to become Pfizer, the world's largest research-based pharmaceutical company, something to bear in mind when viewing victim blame disease attributions to 'life-style', natural crop plants or other natural food sources in research findings in a world inundate

2:45PM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

We are what we eat; what we eat is also what it consumes.

Factory farm animals are fed literal garbage to save money, along with GM corn/soy, and weight-gain drugs which include antibiotics also enabling more of them to survive the teeming cesspool of pathogens caused by the overcrowding.

Neither plant nor animals can gain all of the nutrients necessary for adequate function at the cellular level and up - for basic health, in other words - from corporate-style/factory farm conditions, and the inadequate nutrients available to plants and from these specifically due to altered genetics/biochemistry, herbicides chelating minerals then not available for use by organisms, and depleted soil/soil bacteria making nutrients available to plants, and high level of toxins created within GM foods must all be considered as major factors.

The effects of consumption of more expensive/less readily available range-raised meats are not being tested, but those of what's commonly sold - toxic factory farm meats, raised by cruelty triggered by mindless corporate greed.

And when commercially produced products are tested, the added, unnatural toxins within show their effects.

Attributing these ill effects of industrial toxins to the natural products themselves or to consumer freedom of choice helps protect the ever-increasing profitability of powerful, intertwined fossil fuel/petrochemical/GM/nanotech/asbestos/nuclear/mining/manufacturing - polluting - industries, of which the ph

11:08AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

Most studies are flawed...and if you were to do what one study suggested,9 times out of 10- months-years later, you would see more studies suggesting you do the opposite..and others showing high sick/death rates for the people following the first study...and of course other studies would say those people were missing a proven cancer fighter or other "neccessity"
Comon sense people!!!

4:02PM PDT on Sep 22, 2013

To Manel D.- Your reasoning is flawed when you compare a cow to a human. A cow is a ruminant animal and it is suppose to eat grass, humans are omnivorous which means we eat a variety of foods including meat. Animal meat is a complete protein and contains healthy saturated fats which help us assimilate important nutrients from our food. We do not need to eat a lot of meat (50-100 grams a day depending on physiological factors) but it is definitely a healthy choice as long as the animal was raised properly and treated with respect. Because a millionaire turns vegan/vegetarian is not proof of a healthy diet but only free will. Keep in mind the studies on meat are from animals raised in CAFOs which are inherently inflammatory because of high Omega 6 content and other variables such as high vegetable seed oil consumption. Vilifying all animal meat because of flawed studies is ludicrous.

5:54AM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

Thanks. Should reduce meat in the diet.

11:13PM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

Thanks for sharing

11:07PM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

Nearly made it without being cut short...

Manel, if I was to turn vegan, what could I live on to put sufficient variety into my diet?

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