Vegans May Have Answers to Optimum Nutrition Says Leading Nutritionist, Yvonne Bishop-Weston
October 27, 2008 Health News(PRLEAP.COM) World Vegan Day of Opportunity
Yvonne Bishop-Weston founder of London based Foods for Life Nutrition clinics suggests that health professionals use the World Vegan Day on November 1st to encourage patients to investigate the benefits of eating more nutrient dense plant based foods.
Metabolic Inflamation Thwarts Weight Loss
The nutritionist says "researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently revealed in the journal Cell that a diet with too many nutritionally empty calories can lead to metabolic inflammation."
Metabolic inflammation is a chronic, low-grade condition consisting of inflammatory-like responses at the molecular level. It's thought it has many consequences including causing cellular dysfunction, which can decrease the regulation of several physiological processes, including metabolism. Metabolic inflammation may also be at the core of many chronic, obesity-related metabolic disorders that are so common today.
Will you Still Feed me when I'm 64?
"In these days of food shortages, nutrient deficiencies, water shortages, energy shortages, environmental devastation, overpopulation and an epidemic of preventable chronic disease it's even more vitally important that we choose our calories carefully than when Donald Watson first raised these issues 64 years ago when he founded veganism" says Bishop-Weston.
Bishop-Weston goes on to urge us to reduce the amount of calories we in the west soak up from eating nutrient stripped 'white carbohydrates' from foods such as white pasta, white bread, processed white rice, cakes biscuits and sugar. She says these are the most likely calories stored as body fat. As the body stores toxins in fat it you need to be quite clever to coax your body to break that fat down again.
Rainbow of Plant Foods
"For your main meal your plate should be a rainbow of natural colours to ensure you are getting adequate supplies of phyto-nutrients and anti oxidants." advises the nutritionist. "Essential fats found in cold pressed oils and fresh seeds such as hemp, rape and flax need to feature much more strongly in modern diets if we are to avoid a plague of debilitating, inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and Alzheimer's."
There is at last a general scientific consensus that we have too much saturated animal fat in western diets and most of the nutrients that we are short of cannot be found sufficient quantities in factory farmed battery bred animal products. It should be unsurprising that an animal who doesn't get to see sunshine such as a zero grazed battery cow won't have as much vitamin D as the text books suggest.
Apart from needing help on weight loss diets, recent surveys reveal most of us don't have enough fibre, fruit and vegetables, iron, vitamin D, essential fats and B vitamins in our diets to cope with our stress full, toxic modern lives.
Yvonne Bishop-Weston insists "we need to replace cola with fresh vegetable juices, swap doughnuts for porridge, change burgers for berries and look to true plant based super foods such as sustainably grown hempseeds and algae to save us from nutritional and environmental catastrophe."