Turn Vegetarian, Save the World
There is a compelling need for the world to turn vegetarian today. The choice to turn wholly vegan or vegetarian is not dictated by moral or ethical concerns alone, nor should it be seen as an attempt to convince anyone using religious mumbo jumbo. We should leave all such sentiments and arguments aside and look at the issue exploring the practical, ethical and ecological reasons for turning towards veganism or vegetarianism.
Foremost among the many consequences of a flesh based diet is its effect on one’s health. If that is an individual concern, then the dwindling nature of earth’s precious resources is certainly a cause for collective concern of all nations. The poor nations are hit the hardest as land and water which can be used to eradicate hunger and mal nutrition are diverted to grow fodder for cattle which will eventually end up on the lunch plates of only those who can afford it.
Locals can be convinced of the need to move away from animal based foods if alternate methods can be explained to them. Also cultivating farms and growing more food will improve their own health index as also bring in some revenue and employment. Planting trees, donating seeds, cultivating vegetables are all helpful in improving the health and productivity of the nation.
It should be our resolve to bequeath a healthy, nourished and prosperous world to the coming generations.
Easy Recipes for you
- Roasted semolina-1 cup
- Sugar-one and quarter cup to one n half cup (if u want it too sweet)
- Water-2 cups
- Dry fruits of your choice
- Ghee-Quarter cup
- Put 2 cups of water in a wok and let it boil.
- Add the sugar and let it melt in the water.
- Add 2 tsp of ghee to it.
- Then add the roasted semolina little by little stirring continuously and let it cook.
- Now add the remaining ghee stirring it continuously on a low flame.
- Let it cook till all the water is absorbed, till it becomes dry.
- For garnishing roast the dryfruits in ghee and add to the kesari.
- your delicious kesari is ready!!!!
News from the Veg World
Vegetarian diet twice as effective for weight-loss, new research shows
Low-calorie diets are notoriously difficult to maintain in the long-term. But they may be unnecessary. Switching to a vegetarian diet can be twice as effective for weight-loss as counting calories, according to new research.
For the study, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, researchers from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine followed 74 participants with type 2 diabetes for six months.
Half the group were assigned a vegetarian diet (60 per cent of energy from carbohydrates, 15 per cent protein, and 25 per cent fat) consisting of vegetables, grains, legumes, fruits, and nuts, with one portion of low-fat yoghurt a day. The other half were assigned a conventional low-calorie, anti-diabetes diet comprising of 50 per cent of energy from carbohydrates, 20 per cent protein, less than 30 per cent fat.
After six months, the vegetarian group had lost an average of 6.2 kilograms compared with 3.2 kilograms in the conventional group. The researchers also used magnetic resonance imaging to analyse the effect of the two diets on adipose fat in participants’ thighs. While both diets reduced subcutaneous fat (fat under the skin), only the vegetarian diet caused reductions in subfascial fat (on the surface of muscles) and saw a greater reduction in intramuscular fat (fat inside the muscles). Excess subfascial and intramuscular fat is associated with insulin resistance and lowered glucose metabolism.
“Vegetarian diets proved to be the most effective diets for weight loss,” said lead author, Dr Hana Kahleova. “However, we also showed that a vegetarian diet is much more effective at reducing muscle fat, thus improving metabolism. This finding is important for people who are trying to lose weight, including those suffering from metabolic syndrome and/or type 2 diabetes. But it is also relevant to anyone who takes their weight management seriously and wants to stay lean and healthy.”
Dr Joanna McMillan believes the vegetarian diet was more effective because it tends to include more fibre from plant foods. “This helps to fill you up but also means the gut bugs have to help with nutrient retrieval,” Dr McMillan explained. “Potentially our gut bugs help us to stay lean or get fat depending on our individual microbiomes and usual diet.”
Our genes may come into play as well, as another new study, published in the journal Nature: Ecology and Evolution, found that the introduction of farming 10,000 years ago led to an increase in plant-based diets.
This dietary shift from the animal-based diet of hunter-gatherers resulted in genetic adaptations that helped vegetarians and their offspring to better metabolise plant-foods. The plant-based gene variants regulate cholesterol levels and may provide protection against many inflammatory diseases, the researchers from Cornell University said. Although modern paleo advocates emphasise meat, in fact most hunter gatherer communities ate loads of plant food as well – so the balance of foods is clearly key,” McMillan said. “Although our genes can’t change quickly, epigenetics allows us to adapt more quickly and the microbiome can adapt within a day. This is probably how humans have thrived on many different diets all over the world.”
For many meat-eaters, the concept of becoming completely vegetarian is inconceivable, however there are health and environmental benefits to having more meat-free days. A new free app, designed by Charles Darwin’s great-grandson, Chris Darwin, challenges people to have one or more meat-free days each week, rewarding users, by “showing you how your meat-free days are improving your health and your world”. According to the app:
- One meat-free day per week for a year saves a tennis court of forest.
- One meat-free day saves 98 toilet flushes of water (usually seven litres per toilet flush) – based around water support for meat production – from cattle growing, feeding, cleaning and processing.
Kenya Vegetarian Club
PO Box 1390, Obote Road, Kisumu 40100, Kenya