We all know that obesity is on the rise which is such a sad state of affairs.
The absolutely worst part about it is that it’s not just the wealthy countries like USA where the problem is. Far from it.
It now is filtering out into Asia and also into developing countries where once the diet was mostly plant-based and healthy, now processed and fast foods are becoming more and more available and cheap.
My belief is that the beginning was when factory farming came in and animal produce became cheaper and easier to get.
The increased sugar in products is only part of the problem. Animal foods is also a massive issue too as researchers know that too much animal protein leads to all the now common diseases like heart, diabetes, cancers etc.
In the west and wealthy countries – these diseases are controlled by drugs, which in itself poses problems, but the poorer countries don’t have this option due to cost.
Wholefood, plant based eating has been scientifically proven to not only reduce obesity, but can reverse common diseases like heart disease and diabetes. No other ‘diet’ can claim this. Obesity and all the side effects that it comes with it is down to a lifestyle choice and sadly most have no idea that all it takes is a switch in lifestyle.
There’s no money in veggies!
Check out this video which really sums it all up.
Till next time
How much to you know about antioxidants? And what about Free Radicals?
I’m pretty sure you will have heard about antioxidants and know that you should be having them – maybe you know why or maybe you don’t. Well let me say, that these little critters are the best!!!!
So lets start with the free radicals:
Free radicals are the little blighters that go about damaging our cells and cause the aging process … think wrinkles! The antioxidants are the heroes who set about tracking the free radicals down and destroying them. O.k., fairly simplistic view, but that’s it in a nutshell – oh free radicals also increase the risk of cancer because of the damage they do to cells.
If we don’t get enough antioxidants the body can go into oxidative stress, put in layman’s terms, can rust! Just like a car will rust if not looked after, so can our bodies. Oxidation = rust.
When you age you can get little brown spots on the backs of your hands … very common. Check your own hands or, if your too young, check out your mother/father or grandparent. Those little brown spots are often referred to as “age spots” they are, in fact, wee pockets of oxidated fat = rust spots!!!
So what foods are the best? Well plant foods are 64 times better than animal foods. For example. The humble Iceberg lettuce (which is mainly water), has 17 units of anti-oxidants as opposed to a piece of Salmon which only has 3 units.
Here’s a list of the top 10 foods that contain the most antioxidants:
• Goji berries
• Wild blueberries
• Dark chocolate
• Kidney beans
How can you tell if the vegetable or fruit is rich in antioxidants?
A good rule of thumb is to go by is, if it goes brown after you’ve cut it, then it won’t be high in antioxidants.
For example: Cut an apple and it will go brown pretty quickly. Cut a melon and it won’t got brown at all = more antioxidants in the melon than in the apple.
So next time you’re out, do yourself a favour and get some berries to put into your morning breakfast.
As you’ve probably guessed, I do surf the net a bit and try and ferret out useful information for the FaceBook Page.
I came across this article the other day which I found very disturbing and got me thanking my lucky stars that I’m vegetarian.
For starters it took this research company 13 years …. 13 years (shake the head), to figure out that there were just too many deaths and other nasty things happening to the poor cattle, sheep & goats before they finally ended these trials …… Good god, are they thick?
But whoa … wait just one second – what do I read further down the page? Trying out new technologies – and here I quote “the trials include creating animals that will produce proteins with pharmaceutical benefits” but wait …. there’s more “one goal was to produce a drug like Herceptin……” Eh? Herceptin? I thought that was for breast cancer – Are they planning on producing meat that will have a drug like Herceptin in it????? What does that do to those who don’t have breast cancer …. or the guys?????
I’m sorry – this is all just too much – I can’t get my head around pharmaceutical meat ……. I’ll stick to being vegetarian, then I won’t have to worry!!!