Vegans have taken a hard blow this week. Their beloved SCIENCE is now saying that older people getting most of their protein from plants will lose muscle mass, and that sugars — not saturated fat — raise bad cholesterol.
For older adults trying to build or maintain some muscle, all proteins are not equal. That’s the main finding of a new study from The Physiological Society that analyzed the gram-for-gram benefits of animal and plant proteins.
Now, it’s universally agreed upon by doctors that the main driver of muscle loss as we age is a decrease in muscle proteins being built with amino acids. Of course, amino acids come from the protein we ingest, and then form while exercising.
The study reveals that one must eat larger quantities of soy or wheat protein to reap the same muscle building benefits as a smaller amount of animal sources. Consequently, the authors say that if an older person decides to switch over to veganism, it’s in their best interests to make sure they adjust their protein intake. Just eating the same amount of plant protein as one would from an animal derivative will likely lead to muscle loss.
Nutrients in plants are much harder to absorb than nutrients in animal foods. All of that fiber makes it harder for people’s digestive systems to extract useful stuff out of plants, and the plant version of many nutrients cannot really be compared to the (true) animal version.
While vegans may think that their diet looks good on paper when they run the numbers through some calorie-tracking app, their bodies are not really able to utilize an important part of what they eat.
That helps explain the cadaveric appearance of people who eat a vegan diet for more than a few months.
“Eating more of the stuff” does not appear to be a valid solution to the problem, considering that most vegans on YouTube eat huge volumes of food.
To make matters worse, it appears that vegans’ beloved drug, sugar, is unhealthier than animal fat.
Cutting out fats is a common go-to “prescription” for people with high cholesterol. A new study says those doctors and dietitians have it all wrong, however: it’s actually carbs that’s the problem.
An international team of researchers say they can’t find any reason patients with high cholesterol should avoid eating saturated fats like meat, eggs, and cheese. The group, which includes five cardiologists, adds that a low-carb diet is actually best for people with increased risk of heart disease.
Doctors say patients with high cholesterol as a result of a genetic disorder have familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). The condition can cause a person’s cholesterol levels to be two to four times higher than normal.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), men with FH will develop heart disease up to 20 years earlier than normal. Half of men with untreated FH will likely have a heart attack before age 50. For women, 30 percent of untreated FH patients will likely have a heart attack by age 60.
Even the AHA recommends patients lower their consumption of foods high in saturated fat. Still, researchers say the evidence just doesn’t support this.
“For the past 80 years, people with familial hypercholesterolemia have been told to lower their cholesterol with a low saturated fat diet,” says David Diamond, a co-author from the University of South Florida, in a statement. “Our study showed that a more ‘heart healthy’ diet is one low in sugar, not saturated fat.”
I wonder what kind of excuse vegans will make for their sickly appearance now.