I am back from the ISENC—International Sports, Exercise and Nutrition conference held in UK, where the very latest in the field of nutrition, sport and exercise is discussed and you get a sneak peak into what top athletes are adopting into their regimen as they prepare for Olympics 2016, and what worked for them in London 2012.
So here’s some food for thought for all you protein mongers—the US Olympic Association has adopted an initiative called ‘Meatless Monday’. It means that the athletes will not eat meat on a Monday, so they make a healthy start to the entire week. (Even Swiss Olympians will not be served meat for dinner). The findings now seem to prove the undervalued traditional food wisdom that ancient cultures like ours have always had. Which is, to meet your protein requirement you don’t have to mindlessly consume protein; you simply have to create an environment in the gastro-intestinal tract to absorb and assimilate the amino acids.
In our food culture, even when meat is consumed, it’s consumed as a part of the meal along with rice/ chapatti and vegetables and never as a meal by itself. This method of eating meat allows for optimum absorption and assimilation of amino acids and minimises the load on the intestines. Most communities already have the practice of ‘meatless day or days’ of the week or month.
Other than the right inner environment for absorption, nutrition bodies world over are now talking about the wrongs we create in the outer environment (pollution) because of CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, Google it). Most processed meats and fast food chains source meat from cafos, as it’s cheap and keeps the bottomline healthy. But know that healthy bottomline for a food giant always spells a bursting belly for its consumers.
Vegetarianism makes evolutionary biological, humanitarian, environmental and indian cultural , as you put it, sense.
However, I would like a piece on protein powders. More imp, do you use them at all?
What burns in food, is glucose. In India, foods associated with biological combustion, and which were efficient in this role, were fats, and carbohydrates. Every food source, is used as fuel for the body, in basically the same manner. Perhaps, different parts of the body, use different food sources, by breaking down the food compound into a particular organic substance, and every part uses the same substance. In certain conditions, the biological combustion becomes difficult, because the body does not recognise what is combusted.
Lower protein leads to brain malfunction , particularly leads to depression.
That is the greatest danger for those who consume low protein food. The first target victim is a pregnant woman who may deliver a mentally weak child.
However high protein consumption is absolutely useless. It can lead to ( a very high chance of ) colon cancer. Vegetable fiber must accompany consumption of high protein food to avoid colon cancer.
Human being as against animals, must change their food. It is a must over a period of time. Taking the same type of food for years together will lead to some disease. But for animals like a for your pet dog for example, you should not change the food. It must be the same. Any sudden change in the food means the dog might die.
Protein powders may be useful for a convalescing patient or for a pregnant woman who is on a very poor food or malnutrition. But for all others it is a useless one or even a harmful one.
Dieticians in the west have not looked in to the eastern ways of eating and its benefits.In the ancient system of south Indian medicine known as Siddha the philosophy is 'food is medicine and medicne is food'.
I live in USA and the philosophy here is -never starve but keep eating every 2 hrs.No wonder 60% of the US population is obese.
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