The antiaging diet is a fascinating portrayal of the human search for ways to extend life. Certainly our diet can be considered to be an important component of that goal. A recent New York Times Best Seller - The 7-Week Antiaging Plan is the latest evidence of this new way of thinking.
Some have suggested that growing older is a disease that simply needs a cure. This position has fostered many interesting forays into various fields of science to find the “cure” for aging.
So far, the only cure for aging is found in a pine box.
There is no question that plant-based diets to tend to slow the aging process simply because they provide all of the necessary nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy and vibrant.
However, mainstream medicine takes the position that aging is simply the predictable process of the body growing older and decaying or breaking down as a natural result of the aging process or the deterioration of the body.
Seems reasonable doesn't it?
Should we conclude then that since we cannot stop the clock, we must therefore grow older and older and simply be passive and stand helplessly by and watch as our bodies deteriorate? What about the legendary Fountain of Youth?
There are many positive, active actions we can take to enhance our current health and forestall or even avoid entirely, many conditions that are considered to be “unavoidable” by the population at large.
And a primary example is in the area of our diet. Let's take a look at an antiaging diet.
My guess is that the single biggest trouble area in most people’s diet is the area of calorie consumption. Most of us consume too many! We are too heavy! Noooo! Please don't make me look in the mirror!
Consider this: the longest documented living person on record was a lady by the name of Jeanne Calment. According to the Guinness Book of Records, she lived to be 122 years and 164 days old!
Yes, she was short at 4 feet and 11 inches and she weighed only 98 pounds, so she certainly had no problem with being overweight!
Let's take a look at the original antiaging diet God gave to humans.
According to Genesis 1, the original plan was that no animal had to die to supply man’s need for nourishment. Here’s what it says, according to the New International Version:
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”
How does that read to you? Do you read anything about seed-bearing plants (vegetables) and fruit? Do you see any suggestion that Adam and Eve might need to kill and animal for food? Nope! No suggestion at all!
Kind of hard to picture a perfect, sinless world where one creature must die to feed human kind, isn’t it? Do you think it will happen in the new earth – heaven?
Again, we must acknowledge there are places on this planet where eating animal flesh is a necessity for human survival. In the perfect world to come, that will not be the case. I believe there will be no killing of animals in heaven for any reason.
Let’s take a closer look at the vegetarian or, as I like to call it, the antiaging diet. How does it compare to the more typical diet, in the US, of “meat and potatoes”? What about protein? Can a vegetarian get enough protein? Which diet is more sustainable or earth friendly?
Americans eat too much protein and about 1000 extra calories a day per capita, according to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for protein is 56 grams. The typical vegetarian diet supplies 89 grams, compared to 112 grams for the meat-based diet.
Six grams of plant protein fed to animals will produce 1 gram of animal protein. Producing one gram of animal protein requires 6 times more water than it takes to produce 1 gram of plant protein. Not very efficient, is it?
In the United States, livestock eat 7 times more grain than the entire US population. If that same grain were fed to people eating a vegetarian diet, it would feed 840,000,000 (eight hundred and forty million) people.
It takes a lot of grain to feed the 2,000,000,000 (two billion) livestock in the United States.
Given the facts above, getting our protein from animals shows that source to be very inefficient. Why feed 6 grams of plant protein to an animal that yields only one gram of protein for people? Why not eat the 6 grams of plant protein directly from the plant and cut out the “middle man” – or in this case, “middle cow”, for example?
Can we really afford to keep feeding billions of livestock while millions of humans are starving?
Something seems tragically wrong here.
While we’re at it, why not reclaim 85% of the water now spent to produce 1 gram of animal protein to multiply the production of plant protein?
Wouldn't the antiaging diet go a long way to reduce starvation around the world?
What's your opinion? Should everyone become a vegetarian so more people on the planet could survive?
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From The American Journal: of Clinical Nutrition:Which is More Sustainable? A meat-based diet or a plant-based diet?
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