Monday, September 15, 2008

Eating veggies shrinks the brain

Eating vegetables can turn you into a vegetable?

Hmmm...this would seem to give credence to the oft-made assertion that one is what one eats.


Tags said...

Vegans, vegetarians, those who drink 2 or more alchoholic beverages a day, the obese...

Who's left, who's not going to shrink?

Smokers that don't drink.

Scotty said...

I went to college in the 70's. I can't imagine my diet doing more damage to my brain than what I did there, dude.

Bronny said...

I'd like to point out that as far as I can tell this study, published in the journal Neurology, was not done on vegetarians, but rather, "normal" elderly people. I'm not sure then, why the article connects going "veggie" to B12 deficiency: B12 deficiency in the elderly is nothing new, and it is usually caused by the lack of an enzyme necessary to digest B12 from food, called the Intrinsic Factor. Many peoples' digestive system stops producing the Intrinsic Factor as they age, and even if they were to consume loads of the vitamin B12 in their food, it would not be absorbed. Clearly, eating more meat would not benefit these people.

Also, B12 deficiency from diet is rare: the liver can store B12 for up to 3 years, and some B12 is produced by healthy intestinal flora. Even so, most vegans or strict vegetarians are aware that B12 is the one and only nutrient that is not begotten by plant foods, and so take a supplement or consume foods like soy milk or cereal fortified with B12. Most soy milks are fortified, as are most cereals in the U.S.

I think what's ironic is that B12 is produced by bacteria found in healthy soil, which is then (theoretically) consumed by livestock, thus delivering B12 in milk and meat. However, assuming that most livestock today are consuming grass grown in healthy soil is an iffy assumption at best. Instead, many livestock are fed grain and other feeds that may not harbor any B12 from soil. So to say vegetarians are more at risk than non-vegetarians is quite SENSATIONAL at the least, and ridiculous at best.

Just funny that, since the author of the article didn't exactly say this. She actually said something closer to what I've already written.

Maura said...

Beer does less damage than wine according to a study in Alcohol and Alcoholism.

That's all I really care about. Yay, beer. :)
Seriously, though, does anyone pay attention to these studies anymore? Pasta is great/pasta is the devil. Fat will kill you/your body needs fat to thrive. Coffee's dangerous/coffee is the elixir of life. (Although that last claim might only be mine.) Movie popcorn will kill you faster than bacon and eggs!

Humans need to eat (states the Queen of the Obvious). Everything our bodies need has been provided for us by God, or Mother Nature, or San Pasqual: Patron Saint of the Kitchen, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Pick your diety. Too many carrots isn't harming us. Extreme diets, processed food and an unhealthy obsession with every morsel of food we put in our mouths is what will kill us.

Bob del Grosso said...

I only pay attention to the extent that it amuses me and, by extension, my readers.

Maura said...

I only pay attention to the extent that it amuses me and, by extension, my readers.

Yeah, I figured that, Bob. And that's about as much attention it deserves.

I think I came across a little ranty, but I might as well go with my strengths. :)