Sunday, September 05, 2004

Peta, Vegans, and Atkins

Ok, so I've really got to thank vegans. They won't like it, but I've gotten some good advice from them recently.

First off, I had purchased a rabbit from the grocery store and was going to have to cut it up in order to prepare it. I have in the past been uneasy with fowl because you can still see the general shape of the animal when you have to carve it up for preparations. Though foul doesn't affect me at all since de-boning three birds for a turducken.

So anyway I was a little worried about cutting up a cute little bunny (who as it turned out still had a few organs left attached ready for eatings as well). But P.E.T.A.'s website helped me get over it. Now I'm not talking about one of the faux-peta (like People for Eating Tasty Animals), but rather the geurilla nut-jobs that give vegans a bad name. And they had put up a billboard with a fish hook through a dogs lip (computer generated) to try and discourage fishing.

As I was thinking about it, I realized I have no problems with catching and gutting a fish, so why worry about carving an already dead rabbit. And it's not like I don't have mammal blood on my hands already.

Anyway the other thing I wanted to thank vegans for is that they can find the best foods out there. They use them as reasons to be vegetarians, whereas I look at them as reasons to be a meat eater. I think this is part of the idea that if you go far enough to one extreme you end up at the other. Kinda like how the major scale with 5 flats is the same as the major scale with 7 sharps.

But anyway, here are a couple of good links for carnivourous food ideas:

And then, finally, I've ended up reading a lot of anti-atkins stuff while wander around vegan forums. Now I certainly can't fault the vegans for not liking the Atkins diet. It's very hard to do it without eating meat, and I think impossible without eating animal products. So my complaint here isn't about how vegans view the diet.

It comes from so-called researchers who don't bother to familiarize themselves with Atkins work before they go and puplish studies saying why it doesn't work. And I'm not just talking about how everyone seems to think fruit is 'bad' under Atkins. It's the first carbs that you put back in once you get past the point in the diet made so that even type-II diabetics would lose weight. So many people view induction as atkins, and that annoys me, but most people that talk about diets would freak if they came within 20 feet of real science.

But the researchers that do actual studies about the atkins approach and have obviously not read the published material really bother me, and make me worried about the sources of what I had previously thought to be well researched dietary data.

I saw a paper published that says that the reason people lose weight while doing atkins is that a high protein/fat diet is more filling and make people eat fewer calories. Duh. That's in the book. That's two of the three big reasons given for the low carb diet.

  • 1. Fat calories aren't absorbed as efficently as carb ones
  • 2. Stopping the sugar/insulin roller-coaster results in fewer food cravings
  • 3. Fat and protein are more filling.

I suppose I should be glad for scientific verification, but still, the original research is at least 20-30 years old now.

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