In yesterday’s health news, in my daily paper, there was an article about a study on eaters of animal protein. It compared people who ate different amounts of animal protein and how it impacted their chances of getting type 2 diabetes. Put quite simply, for every 10 grams more a person ate, they increased their chances of getting the disease. The people that ate the most (72 grams per day) were almost 20% more likely to end up diabetic.
The first thing that strikes me about this study is that 72 grams of animal protein a day is NOT that much for someone who eats a couple of eggs for breakfast (about 13 grams), a chicken wrap for lunch (let’s say about 20 grams in the chicken) and a piece of meat or fish (about 30 grams in 6 ounces of fish) for dinner. That’s 63 grams before a glass of milk, a piece of cheese, etc. There is no mystery behind why our society is overweight and under-“healthed.” The same foods that cause diabetes, happen to also contribute to cancer, Alzheimers, and many auto-immune disorders.
The other thing that struck me about this news story, is that it isn’t really news at all!