?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Random health factoid

« previous entry | next entry »
Dec. 21st, 2001 | 02:28 pm

I was reading "Becoming Vegetarian", and under the claims of being vegitarian being better for your health. It does seem that it reduces ones risk of coronary artery disease. According to a landmark study from framingham, massachusetts, no one who had cholesterol levels below 150 had a heart attack.

(Well okay since the study was only done on men, it might be interesting to see if a similar conclusion for women was true.)

Link | Leave a comment | Share

Comments {6}

Rydw i'n hoffi coffi

(no subject)

from: mactavish
date: Dec. 22nd, 2001 01:22 am (UTC)
Link

It's amazing what, besides diet, can matter.

I used to have a cholesterol level of 124. My doctor called me "heart attack proof." It's now above 200. My diet has barely changed.

Having a poorly-functioning thyroid can shoot cholesterol right up. So can basic heredity.

I think a low-fat vegetarian diet is probably more healthful than a moderate-fat omnivorous diet for most people. But I know as many vegetarian folks who get lots of saturated, unhealthful fat as I do omnivorous people who get healthier fats from fish.

Reply | Thread

Diane Trout

(no subject)

from: alienghic
date: Dec. 22nd, 2001 10:42 am (UTC)
Link

Yes, I've been vegitarian recently, and I think that I've still been eating too much crud.

French fries, M & M's and other junk foods, are all technically vegitarian. And they're probably worse for you than a steak.

Reply | Parent | Thread

[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

(no subject)

from: artemii
date: Dec. 22nd, 2001 11:21 am (UTC)
Link

depends whether the french fries are cooked with animal fat
and if it's chocolate that uses animal bits or not.

Reply | Parent | Thread

Diane Trout

(no subject)

from: alienghic
date: Dec. 22nd, 2001 11:35 am (UTC)
Link

I knew about the animal fat vs. vegeteable oil for the french fries? But chocholate can also made with animal bits?

How? Why?

Reply | Parent | Thread

[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

(no subject)

from: artemii
date: Dec. 22nd, 2001 11:45 am (UTC)
Link

chocolate often contains myristic acid (a.k.a. n-tetrade-canoic acid) and sometimes has other goodies.
myristic acid is usually derived from animals.

Reply | Parent | Thread

Diane Trout

(no subject)

from: alienghic
date: Dec. 25th, 2001 04:24 pm (UTC)
Link

Is there any easy way of identifying which if the chocolate has myristic acid in it?

Reply | Parent | Thread