Green food – save lives: do we Need animal food for our health?

1. Earlier it was recommended to drink regular milk for the bones. Is it still valid?

Milk has always been touted as ultra-healthy foods. Finally, it has for the people an ideal Nährstoffmix: in addition to carbohydrates, fat and protein of cow’s milk contains almost all the essential vitamins and minerals. However, studies show that excessive consumption of milk for adults risks. Because milk is actually baby food. Babies have an enzyme in the intestine, the milk sugar, lactose, can split. Many adults, this enzyme is missing. Excessive milk consumption may cause, in these cases, the stomach discomfort. Studies also show that milk makes the bones more stable, but potentially fragile. This is because the galactose, a degradation product of the milk sugar, can trigger inflammation and the risk of bone fractures increase. Not least of all, milk is a very nutrient-rich. Experts advise, therefore, milk as a solid food and not to cover the liquid requirement. The German society for nutrition recommends limiting the amount of dairy products (including yogurt and cheese) to a total of 200 to 250 grams per day. Those who drink daily two Latte Macchiato, has exceeded this value. Then you should also think about the animal welfare in the dairy industry. This is always a personal question of conscience.

2. And what is with yogurt?

Yogurt is made using bacteria from milk. By the Fermentation, it contains less lactose, making yogurt much more digestible than milk. In addition, the bacteria in the yogurt are great for our intestinal flora extremely well. Other dairy products are much healthier than pure milk, cottage cheese, Kefir, Quark, or Icelandic yogurt, Skyr. They all contain a lot of protein and little fat.

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3. Milk and yogurt are low-fat variant is healthier?

No. Milk is a very energy-rich food. In the low-fat variant, it contains more calories than the same amount of Cola. For decades, nutritionists have advised us therefore, access to the low-fat variant, because it provides the body with calcium, but significantly less calories. However, studies have shown that people who like whole milk, Butter or cream to be thicker. This could be due to the fact that full-fat milk slips more slowly through the gastro-intestinal tract and the body has more time, the milk-sugar to split. The milk satiates for a longer period, and could prevent us from access to Sweet. The consumption of milk fat may even protect against Diabetes.

4. But cheese is healthy, right?

Basically, cheese is a nutrient-rich, healthy food. It contains trace elements, Omega-3 fatty acids and plenty of protein. In some varieties more than in meat is even perfect for vegetarians. And as for the cheese ripening the lactose from the milk is almost completely reduced, many Mature cheese for people with lactose intolerances edible. In addition, researchers found especially in aged cheeses with a high concentration of Spermidine. The substance stimulates the self-cleaning of the cells and could act as a life-prolonging effect. But not every cheese is healthy. You should avoid industrially processed cheese variants like processed cheese and individually wrapped slices of cheese. They contained artificial phosphates, which serve as a plasticizer, and preservatives, which ensure that the cheese beyond the refrigerator remains in the Form. Even reduced fat cheese is not so healthy. To replace the missing fat contain cheese, artificial additives, and often a sweetener. Worst of all cheese, however, is similar: Instead of milk fat in the cheese imitations made of cheap Oils, and protein are derived from soybeans or bacteria. The flavor and consistency closer to the Original, are added to the artificial cheese flavors, flavor enhancers, salts, and dyes.

5. Margarine or Butter: which is better?

Clearly: Butter! The consists, of two-thirds saturated fatty acids. Margarine is an industrially highly processed product. It contains palm oil and TRANS fats – both of which is unhealthy. TRANS fats occur when vegetable Oil is industrially hardened. TRANS-fats are found in Fast Food, ready meals and cheap baked goods. You have a miserable influence on lipid metabolism: they increase the LDL cholesterol levels in the blood and thus contribute to the risk of heart disease. When shopping you should study the label very carefully: the ingredients as “partly hydrogenated fats” or “hydrogenated fats” are synonyms for TRANS fats.

6. How much meat is healthy?

Basically, meat is a healthy food. It consists of around 20 percent from protein and is good for muscle building. In addition, it contains iron, zinc, and vitamins D and especially B12. And it tastes also! Probably not a vegetarian food that can replace the taste of a well grilled steak. The Problem is that we eat too much of it. 60 kilos of meat and sausage every German consumes on average per year, or about 164 grams per day. The German society for nutrition recommends eating a maximum of 85 grams of meat per day, so only about half. Because meat contains a lot of saturated fatty acids. Particularly rich with fat, cheap meat, are Packed full of games, such as pork belly, minced – and-neck-steak. Experts advise, therefore, to serve up meat only on special occasions, as early as Sunday roast.

7. Can you eat pork?

The pig has a Problem. The meat is cheap, its chips junk product. In the “noisy offering” to get a Kilo of pork for 4.49 Euro. This is also why pork is the most popular type of meat. But as it went on for a Schnitzel, when it was still a pig? Well, don’t. The images of pig fattening barns, in which the animals without room for movement closely closely cooped up, can a vegetarian be. The Federal Ministry of agriculture presented in February, a “animal welfare label” for pig meat, with the producers can use to mark how the animal has lived, but so far this happens only on a voluntary Basis. In addition, almost every retail chain has its own Labels for meat. On some packs so many stickers cardboard that you see the flesh beneath barely. And a Label alone does not make a happy pig. In General, it is better to buy a few euros more to spend, and the meat is from a producer from the Region. You can then explain exactly how the animals have lived. Because if the pigs spout had and wallow in the mud were allowed to, is your meat not only less fat but also more aromatic.

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8. Earlier it was beef as well. That’s still the same?

Beef contains a lot of iron. This is good for blood formation and oxygen transportation in the body. In addition, beef is relatively low in fat. But whether beef is good or bad, depends on where the animals lived. Free-running animals feed with fresh feed and move a lot. As a result, your meat contains more unsaturated fatty acids and is high quality. Also the Processing type plays a role: Fry a piece of red meat (i.e., muscle meat of beef, pork, lamb and Wild game) pure in the pan, it is healthier than if it is salted before, smoked, or by the use of preservatives has been preserved.

9. If I want to do something for the environment, I need to do without beef?

There is no denying: The rearing of animals, especially of cattle, is harmful to the climate. In the production of a Kilo of beef, around 13 kilos of CO2 Equivalent – as much as in the case of a 75-kilometre car journey. The environment is one of the harmful methane produced in the digestive tract of the animals, and with every Fart and burp of the cattle in the atmosphere. Experts estimate that cattle farming is ten times more harmful to the environment than other livestock farms. Because cattle need more space, more feed and more water than other animals. Who wants to find out how much greenhouse gas the own consumption of meat is causing, you can download on the Website “Less Meat Less Heat”, the App “Climatarian Challenge”. Given the finite resources on earth, we can no longer afford to eat so much meat. Proteins can, finally, also from alternative sources. Because Yes, the body needs iron, and in particular for the formation of blood. The German nutrition society recommends adults to take daily 10 mg (men) and 15 mg (women) iron to. But there are also many vegetarian foods that contain iron, for example, lentils, white beans, chickpeas, pumpkin and pine nuts, wheat bran, and millet.

10. What is better: chicken or Turkey?

From a health point of view both types of poultry take nothing. Both have white meat, both contain less fat than pork, beef and goose. However, there are differences in the yield: turkeys are much bigger than chickens. At the meat counter, a Turkey breast can make for a whole broilers in the shadows. However, in the case of poultry, the quality of the meat depends mainly on the rearing. Chickens and turkeys from the Ground, drawn in a rush, large, watery, vapid meat. In addition, the conditions in many of the mast limits operated on animal cruelty. Also in the case of poultry goodness in front of size is therefore:. Meat of turkeys and chickens from free-running rearing is darker, more aromatic and more expensive, but definitely the better choice. And who pushes Biogeflügel at home in the oven, perhaps on a bed of vegetables, eat healthier than the colleague who wraps a greasy fried chicken from mass animal breeding at the stand-up snack down.

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