We are not talking about heavy metals, food additives, herbicides or pesticides, although it’s obvious they don’t improve our health, but four common food elements in most daily diets.
The first may come as a shock to many of you as we have been encouraged by high authorities to consume plenty of it for our health; it is protein! The truth is, backed by considerable research over the past 40 years, is that once we have consumed our daily requirement (about only one or two ounces per day) the excess has to be eliminated by the body via our liver and kidneys whilst producing acid that has to be neutralised with calcium taken from our bones and by increasing our breathing to remove carbon dioxide as a second way of reducing the body acidity.Each time we double our protein intake we increase the amount of calcium excreted in the urine by 50% increasing the risk of osteoporosis and kidney stones. The second food element is fat, excess fat in our diet is readily stored by the body in liver, heart and muscles all contributing to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. This is over and above the health hazard of increased body weight and obesity. Our third element of our food that is almost exclusively found in animal based foods and is not a required nutrient for our body (we can make all we need ourselves)is cholesterol. Unfortunately we cannot easily eliminate this from our body and the excess tends to accumulate in our skin, tendons and arteries where it is major contributor to vascular diseases of the heart and brain, leading to heart attacks, strokes and vascular dementia.This has however laid the foundation for a multi billion dollar industry for the drug companies who offer cholesterol lowering drugs to solve the problem. The fourth element in our diet that creates health problems is methionine a sulphur containing amino acid found in large quantities in meat, poultry, fish, eggs and cheese.Its metabolism in the body increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, arterial diseases of the legs, blood clots in the veins , dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and depression.The added production of sulphuric acid also leaches out calcium from the bones increasing the risk of kidney stones. Finally dietary acid are the common element of animal based foods that add to calcium loss from our bones excreted in our urine.
The table below gives comparative levels of these food elements in animal based foods versus plant based foods.
Visit The Food Connection website HERE to 1. Assess your own diet with the “4Leaf Survey” HERE and 2. To check where you are on the health risk graph and 3. To watch some of the leading doctors in the USA on video’s embedded in this site. P.S. You will also see how changing our diet will benefit the planet for future generations (click on Environmental destruction on the site map)
Finally, don’t shoot the messenger! Just start to make the steady shift from “meat & two veg*’ towards “less meat and more veg” for a longer healthier life!