Latest studies reveal that vegetarians can look forward to an extra four years of life. Studies in an Arizona university which included 1.5 million participants revealed that for meat eaters there is an increased risk of over 25% to develop death causing conditions at an earlier age to that of their vegetation counterparts.
The department of family medicine says that the finding confirm earlier notions that the diet has the ability to harm or to heal. The eating of red meat, including pork and all forms of processed meats are the main source of concern.
These are the main points of the report, so lets look into them a little deeper. Firstly, the gut is only capable of processing 50 grams of protein per meal. The body invests a lot of energy breaking protein down because the chains of amino acids in meat need specialized enzymes to break them into smaller chains. We need to realize, also, that proteins exist in plants based foods as well as in meat.
Plant proteins are easier to digest because chemicals that create specialized bonds such as sulphur. Excess meat protein is, therefore pushed through the gut relatively unprocessed and exists the body, more or less as it was put into the body as raw protein.
There is however a complication in that meat tends to stick to the Gut wall and to form pockets. This is due to the fact that meat is more difficult to push along the gut in the smooth peristaltic motion. When the gut has a problem with something it gets stuck on, the muscles find their way around the obstacle so as not to disrupt the timing of the peristaltic motion. Thus, pockets are formed!
These pockets ferment upon the wall of the gut and cause inflammation of the villi. The villi, then become inflamed and porous to the passage of bacteria. This triggers an immune response, one of which is the release of cortisol hormone that reduces inflammation. Cortisol, is a steroid and as with all steroids it tends to interrupt the production of antibodies. This means that in practical terms, the gut becomes chronically ill, to one degree or another.
Vegetables, on the other hand contain two factors that help to prevent and to cure this from happening. The first is fiber. Fiber absorbs water and acts as a sponge that cleans the gut out. However, fiber has to be chewed and ground, almost into a powder by the teeth stomach. Large balls of fiber in the gut can act in a similar way to meat blockages. This means that chewing properly is a vital factor of digestion.
The second factor active in plants is a vast array of micro nutrients called phytonutrients. For our bodies to function properly we need phytonutrients from multiple sources of fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts and even spices. Phytonutrients help in the correct transportation of nutrients to the cells and in the transportation of wast materials from the cells. By eating many varieties of plant foods we ensure that there is enough range of essential organic chemicals to perform all the necessary tasks in a symbiotic and integral way And this is why plant foods extend our lives. The report is absolutely correct.