JSB and A MEATY Difference of Opinion: 7
My blog series response to the recently published letter in the Napier Courier, written by Fiona Greig, the nutrition manager for beef and lamb New Zealand Inc.
What do The American Cancer Society’s nutrition and physical activity guidelines say? “Consume a healthy diet, with an emphasis on plant foods. Limit consumption of processed meat and red meat. Studies have shown that individuals who eat more processed and red meat are at a higher risk of developing or dying from a variety of cancers”.
The World’s Oldest Centenarians eat mostly plants
As I detail in my book Eat Less, Live Long, the longest-lived traditional peoples all around the world vary in what they eat but they all eat a predominantly plant-based wholefood diet. Some eat meat but usually this is saved for a special occasion or ceremony.
Labkura Khetani is 104 years old, the oldest Malaysian alive and eats a plant-based wholefood diet. The oldest Ukrainian ever, Eugenia Markianovna Tebenchuk, 109, says “Do not be carried away by meat dishes…”
The oldest man ever recorded and the oldest human alive in the world in 2013 was 116-year old Jiroemon Kimura. He ate a healthy vegetable-based diet of rice, vegetables, miso soup, porridge, red beans & fish.
The oldest human to ever live, Marie-Louise Meilleur, 122; the oldest woman in China; the oldest men in India & Sri Lanka; the oldest men in Denmark & Britain; the World’s Oldest Father – age 96; the oldest marathon endurance runner and the world’s biggest bodybuilder; were all vegetarians.
The mountainous Barbagia region of Sardinia; the Japanese island of Okinawa; the Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda, California; the Pakistan Hunza and the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica, in Central America. These are the World Champion centenarians and they generally eat a plant-based wholefood diet or very close to it.
Not much meat = a longer healthier life
According to Dan Buettner’s famous research, all the blue-zone ‘super-longevity-champion-cultures’ eat a vegetable-based diet with low or minimal animal products present – and NONE of them eat processed meat. The longest-lived people of the world generally eat red meat less than once a week (if at all) and the meat they eat is very different to the meat we eat in the West.
Southern Italians are one of the longest lived peoples in the world. What was the traditional diet that got them there? Wholegrains, green beans, fruits and leafy green vegetables, with meat just once a month, if that. Hamburgers, chicken, processed meats were never eaten. Is their impressive longevity going to continue? No, because the modern Italians are eating like the rest of the modern world; a high-sugar, low-fibre, meat-rich diet.
Older Greek women had the lowest early death rates in the world; just 38 deaths per 1,000 before the age of 60.
What do they eat? The Mediterranean diet based around vegetables, fruits, olive oil, nuts, seeds, fish, legumes and wholegrains – and almost zero meats or animal fats.
How are the current generation of Greek children now faring? Very poorly and now amongst the most obese in Europe.
Why has this changed?
The younger people have embraced the Standard American Diet (SAD), which is based around sugar-rich refined foods, meat-rich meals and very little plant intake.