Eating red meat has repeatedly been associated with Type 2 diabetes. Investigators at the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam-Rehbruecke, Nuthetal, and several other research centers in Germany, looked at various molecules to determine the connection.
Their study, reported on in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in May 2015, included 2681 participants. Six hundred of these 2681 participants were new cases of full-blown Type 2 diabetes. Participants filled out a diet questionnaire to determine the actual amount of meat they consumed each day.
Amino acids, fats, and ferritin were measured in each individual’s blood. It was found the participants who consumed the highest amounts of red meat had a 26 percent higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than did those people eating the lowest amounts…
- glycine, an amino acid, was found in lower amounts in the highest meat-eating participants.
- ferritin was highest in the high meat-consuming individuals.
Fats released by the liver also showed considerable differences. Sixty-nine percent of the increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes seen in the high meat group, was linked with high ferritin, low glycine, and altered fats from the liver.
From the above results it was concluded the differences in molecules seen in the blood of Type 2 diabetics were linked with the increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes seen in meat consumers.
Ferritin is a molecule that stores iron for use in making red blood cells. High levels are seen in various diseases. Glycine is the simplest of the amino acids, molecules that make up proteins. It is found in both plant and animal proteins. Altered liver-derived fats likely point to altered liver function. The question of how meat is linked with the development of Type 2 diabetes is a little closer to being solved. Further research should yield the answer.
Becoming vegetarian or vegan can be fun if you stock up on spices and vary your recipes to include a good variety of fruits and vegetables. There are many hundreds of vegan and vegetarian cookbooks in print, so look them over for the recipes that appeal most…
- New York’s renowned Candle Cafe offers a book with instructions on how to make tempeh-portobello burgers and other great tasting food.
- Peta.org (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) sells the above mentioned cookbook along with many others.
- Google.com offers books like The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook, Straight from the Earth, and many more.
Which ones appeal most? Take a look and select your favorite/s.