Proteins, fats, cholesterol: 5 toxins in animal products
Protein diets raise more and more questions: world dietetics and weight loss gurus are gradually leaning towards a vegetable diet with a very small amount of proteins and fats derived from animal products. About the dangers that lie in meat, fish, eggs and oils - in the new book about proper nutrition "Energy of starch."
The human body can cope only with a certain amount of proteins, fats, cholesterol, sulfur-containing amino acids and food acids. When you consume more of them than your body can use, transform, neutralize and (or) remove, these surpluses begin to behave like poisons. In a typical western diet, such toxic by-products accumulate in the body daily.
Eating too much protein, methionine and food acid weakens our body over time. Excess fat and cholesterol consumed clog the arteries and increase the risk of cancer. Each of these five elements is found in animal food in much larger quantities than we can use and remove from the body. Let's take a closer look at each of the potential poisons.
Excess protein: osteoporosis, liver disease and kidney stones
If protein intake exceeds the daily rate, our body begins to look for a way to get rid of its excess. The main path is through the liver and kidneys. Some people may notice the strong smell of urea coming from their sweat and urine — one of the indicators of excess protein.
Excess protein does its job, even if we feel strong and healthy. On average, over 70 years of life, the kidney functional can fall by a quarter only because of following a high protein diet.
If there are already abnormalities in the liver and kidneys, extra proteins accelerate the processes leading to functional insufficiency of the organs. Excess protein also damages bones. Each time we double the protein intake, we increase the amount of calcium excreted in the urine by 50%, which increases the risk of osteoporosis and kidney stones.
Excess fat - the way to stroke and diabetes
The 2007–2008 report on the obesity epidemic in the United States reports that 68% of the adult population is overweight and their body mass index (BMI) ranges between 25 and 30, while the normal BMI level is 18, 5-24,5. Every third (33.8%) is obese and has a BMI higher than 30.9. (To calculate the BMI, it is necessary to divide the weight of a person in kilograms by his height in meters, squared.)
The body easily processes the fat that comes with food, and accumulates it in its own fat cells. We also store excess fat in our liver, heart and muscles. The accumulation of fat in these organs is a sign of a condition called insulin resistance, which, in turn, leads to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
Being overweight exerts an increased load on the joints, leading to osteoarthritis of the hip and knee. Excess fat and body fat change the entire cellular metabolism and may contribute to the development of certain types of cancer.
Cholesterol: produce more than we can withdraw
Cholesterol is mainly found only in animal products - in plants it is present in small amounts. Like all animals, we synthesize all the cholesterol we need on our own.
Unfortunately, our body is not very well able to get rid of its surplus. We can withdraw only a small part of the amount that we produce. If the amount of cholesterol increases even more due to the consumption of animal food, its surplus will be deposited in our skin and tendons, as well as in the arteries, which is the main cause of vascular diseases of the heart and brain, which lead to heart attacks and strokes. Also, cholesterol can contribute to the development of cancer.
From methionine to sulfuric acid
Sulfur-containing amino acids, which are present in large quantities in meat, poultry, fish, eggs and cheese, cause a number of problems. To notice the familiar unpleasant smell of sulfur, which we associate with rotten eggs, perhaps the easiest. Increased sulfur in the body causes bad breath, the smell of sweat and offensive feces.
The sulfur-containing amino acid methionine obtained together with animal food is converted into another amino acid - homocysteine, which increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes, the appearance of blood clots in the veins, the development of lower limb arteries, dementia, Alzheimer's disease and depression. Sulfur promotes the growth of cancer cells, it is toxic to intestinal tissues and causes inflammation of the mucous membrane of the large intestine - colitis.
Ultimately, we convert sulfur-containing amino acids, including methionine, to sulfuric acid, one of the most active in nature. Active food acids dissolve bones and promote the formation of calcium kidney stones.
Food acid against bones
Products of animal origin contain a large amount of food acids. After they enter the body with food, our bones begin to release from their reserves alkaline compounds - carbonate, citrate and sodium, which are necessary to neutralize these acids in order to preserve in the body a certain acid-base balance, which is necessary for normal life.
Over time, this process makes the bones more fragile and leads to osteoporosis. Acids from animal products also increase the level of steroid hormone cortisol in the body, which causes bone loss.
Thus, chronic abuse of food acids contained in meat, poultry, fish and cheese ultimately forces you to literally drain your bones into the toilet.
Animal food toxins: how to get rid?
By reducing the use of animal food (or completely eliminating it from the diet), you will instantly help your body get rid of the poisons listed above. It will also significantly reduce the risk of infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites.
The best way out is to replace toxic food with whole grains, legumes and starchy vegetables - products that provide us with the necessary nutrients and calories in quantities sufficient to replenish energy and maintain a feeling of satiety.