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Friday, December 7, 2012

The protein and fat connection to cancer

This was the video the sent Adam and I off "the deep end", so to speak.  With my background in science (just a bachelor's level) and his experience with cancer (literally), we felt that a plant-based diet made perfect sense.  

Hypothetically speaking, if I hold a stick of butter, animal fat, in my hand, it will not melt.  If I put coconut oil or another plant oil in my hand, it would melt and could be absorbed into my skin.  It made sense to me that plant oils can remain fluid in the blood vessels, can be used for energy and metabolized for the body's benefit.  Animal fat clogs arteries and contributes to elevated bad cholesterol.  Fat also adds unnecessary calories with very low nutrient density.  Most of the fat that Americans consume come from animal fats, trans-fats and refined oils.  There is a great deal of value, however, in the naturally occurring fats of nuts, seeds and foods such as avocado and coconut.

Eating the dangerous fats - animal, trans and refined oils - contributes to heart disease.  In addition, a high intake of dietary fat is thought to contribute to an increase in certain cancers such as breast. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/1097-0142(19861015)58:8+%3C1818::AID-CNCR2820581406%3E3.0.CO;2-4/abstract
I believe, however, that if we could all live on our own sustainable farms with grazing animals, we could potentially eat small quantities of meat in our diet.   The healthy, grass-fed animals would provide cancer fighting benefits to our bodies.  However, the source of cancer fighting micro-nutrients is vegetation, so it is completely possible to gain them directly from plant foods.   

Protein (specifically animal source)
T. Collin Campbell, PhD., talks about cancer incidence in people who consume animal protein as well as the protein, casein, found in milk.  Be sure to listen to the last 10 minutes of this video to understand the vast reach of disease causation due to a Western diet high in animal protein.  (FYI: Low fat milk has additional casein added back into it when the fat is removed in order to keep the milk "white" and improve flavor.)

When I finished watching this one for the first time, I threw up my hands and declared that I had surrendered to the facts.  It was a sad time, however, the results of my decision have far out-weighed giving up ice cream.  My husband and I are approaching our healthiest body weight and experiencing renewed health.  When God lead us in this direction, He knew what He was doing for us.  He was answering our prayers.

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