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.
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
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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