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Gut Microbiome - Protein Tips for Meats, Fish, and Veggies

November 16, 2020

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There are dangers of eating meat. Based on a study of 6,000 people over 18 years who ate a lot of animal protein, four times higher risk of cancer, five times higher risk of diabetes, twice the risk of dying and the study of people who are vegetarians, vegetable protein does not increase the risk of any age relating diseases. Meat, in general, is going to shorten our life if you eat too much. How about the meat substitutes like the Beyond Burger or the Impossible Burger?  John tells this story. "My wife and I, about a year ago when it first came out, we said "Hey, yay, let's try this". So we bought a package of burger meat and a package of sausage. We took them home, cooked them up, actually tasted, frankly, it tasted great! However, my wife took a look at the ingredients on the package after we'd eaten them. I don't know why I didn't look?"

They're an ultra-processed food, meaning in the NOVA Food Classification system, it is the highest, worst processed food you can eat. It has 40 ingredients, including titanium dioxide, which is a whitening agent using paint potato starch, which is essentially candy, methylcellulose, a bulking agent used in laxatives, and 400% more sodium than lean burger meat. And the protein is provided by lagoons, peas, and beans. So it's full of lectin and it contains a ton of manufactured oils, canola, and sunflower, which means it's full of the omega-6 fatty acids.

It could not be worse. It's too bad, but it couldn't be worse for us. Now let's look at the danger of pesticides since we're going to eat a lot of this meat perhaps. So the pesticide Roundup, we've all heard of it, contains an antibiotic. The main ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, and it's an antibiotic. And 93% of us humans test positive for it because we've been eating the grains that have been sprayed with this pesticide, or eating the animals who have eaten the same grain. And unfortunately, since microbiome biotics, good and bad, antibiotics kill our gut bacteria, both good and bad. So imagine, we're eating animal meat and we're eating the grains that they eat, then essentially we're eating all these antibiotics, which are disrupting our gut bacteria. The bottom line is to stick to organic food.

Don't eat any food that's that is essentially not organic. And essentially organic means no harmful, artificial pesticides. It can mean a whole bunch of different things for different foods, pre-packaged salads, eggs, cow's milk, but basically no artificial pesticides in organic food. Part of the Department of Agriculture called the USDA Environmental Working Group that is has been out for quite some time. Every year it analyzes which foods, typically fruits and vegetables, is it easy to wash off the pesticides and which ones it's essentially impossible. In 2019, they came up with what they refer to as the Dirty Dozen. That is the fruits and vegetables that have so many pesticides on them and the pesticides get into the actual vegetable or fruit. So you can't wash them off. The list is celery, spinach, kale, tomatoes, potatoes, apples, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, grapes, cherries, and pears.

Many of us have heard an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well, how about a non-organic apple a day, would that keep the doctor away? No, non-organic apples have 16 chemicals that are hormone disruptors, six chemicals that are known suspected carcinogens, and five neurotoxins. So eat organic. Next, let's look at the dangers of antibiotics that are fed to farm animals. We all kind of know if one of our kids has an ear infection. You go to the doctor, the doctor will prescribe a very specific antibiotic that is tuned to kill the bacteria that caused that infection. If you had another child who got a strep throat, and he went to the doctor, you would get a prescription for a different narrowly focused antibiotic to kill that particular bacteria. So imagine all farm animals, commercial farm animals are administered broad-spectrum antibiotics, meaning kills everything, all biotics.

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Tune Your Diet to Promote a Healthy Gut Microbiome