|Is your love for meat going to kill you? Not if you're not already a walking candy stick with sugar coated ateries and a beer belly.|
For healthy individuals, processed fatty meals produce a much more favorable postprandial peptide response compared to the "allegedly super healthy" (and morally superior ;-) acetic vegetarian plant-based burger meal (a couscous burger: boiled couscous, baked with onion, garlic, plant oil, spices, oat-flakes in a wheat bun with sesame seedsmeal).
Apropos burger! Now that you know the constituents of the the vegetarian test meal the 50 type II diabetics and 50 healthy controls were forced to eat contains, it's about time to reveal that the processed meat meal was a standard fast food menu: cooked-pork seasoned meat in a wheat bun with sesame seeds, tomato, cheddar-type cheese, lettuce, spicy sauce, onion.
|Table 1: Composition of the processed meat and vegetarian test meals (Belinova. 2014)|
In view of what you've read about the importance of energy density as a determinant of food intake and subsequent obesity risk in previous SuppVersity intakes, you'd be forced to believe that 56% lower nutrient density alone should be an unfair advantage for the vegetarian meal.
|Figure 1: Differential reaction of markers of glucose management (plasma glucose and immonreactive insulin) and satiety (Ghrelin and GLP-1) in response to processed meat or veggie burger (Belinova. 2014)|
"[t]he plasma concentrations of glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide (GIP), peptide tyrosine-tyrosine (PYY) and pancreatic polypeptide (PP) were higher and the ghrelin concentration was lower after the [processed meat] M-meal." (Belinova. 2014)Similarly, the postprandial increase in triglycerides (rectangles, solid lines; Figure 2), we see in the diabetic subjects is not present in the healthy individuals, either.
|Figure 2: Changes in markers of inflammation (Belinova. 2014).|
- Belinova, Lenka, et al. "Differential Acute Postprandial Effects of Processed Meat and Isocaloric Vegan Meals on the Gastrointestinal Hormone Response in Subjects Suffering from Type 2 Diabetes and Healthy Controls: A Randomized Crossover Study." PloS one 9.9 (2014): e107561.