Type 2 Diabetes – The Problem With Eating Too Much Red Meat
Type 2 diabetes is called the silent disease because it usually sneaks up on you without warning. It can start out with overwhelming tiredness, or even a need to eat when you already feel full to capacity. It is also a disease of inflammation, in which inflammatory molecules and liver enzymes can be elevated.
Researchers at the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Nutheal, Germany, compared red meat and whole wheat bread for their possible effect upon inflammatory molecules and liver enzymes.
The results of their study was reported in March 2012 in the European Journal of Nutrition, and included 2,198 adults. It was found the participants who ate the most whole-grain bread had:
the lowest levels of two liver enzymes, gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) and alanine transaminase (ALT), as well as
the lowest levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, or hsCRP.
The people who ate the most red meat had the highest levels of GGT, and hsCRP.
The enzymes GGT and ALT are found in your liver and become elevated in liver disease. These blood levels are measured when liver disease or injury is suspected. According to a study conducted at North Carolina University and published in 2005, liver enzymes can also be high in diabetes.
HsCRP is associated with inflammation. Type 2 diabetes is an inflammatory disease, so preventing inflammation is one way of attempting to prevent Type 2 diabetes as well as many other conditions.
One slice of whole wheat bread, with 128 calories, contains 8 per cent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of protein. It also has:
11 per cent of the RDA for fiber, as well as
9 per cent each of the RDA’s for the B vitamins thiamin and niacin, and
several other B vitamins.
2 per cent of the RDA for calcium, and
8 per cent of the RDA of iron.
There is nothing else quite like the smell and flavor of homemade bread and, in moderation it can form one element of a well-planned, vegan diet. The website: Allrecipes offers a recipe for bread machine pumpernickel bread that includes:
whole wheat flour,.
wheat gluten, and.
Another website: Care2 has several vegan whole wheat bread recipes, including such ingredients as:.
whole wheat flour,.
organic soy milk, and.
Why not serve your whole wheat bread along with vegetable soup and a salad for a healthful lunch. Try spicy red lentil soup from the website: SavvyVegetarian, with yam, green beans, celery, bell pepper, olive oil, ginger, cinnamon, bay leaf, fennel, cumin seed, parsley and cilantro. Make a salad with spinach leaves, mushrooms, and balsamic vinegar dressing, and have a great meal.
A recent estimate puts the global number of people with Type 2 diabetes at 120 million. More of those people with diabetes are younger than ever before. If you like red meat, it is often suggested you enjoy it once a week and eat healthier sources of protein, such as skinless poultry, fish and tofu the balance of the time.