Health Notes #22
The China Diet Study
Did you know that Americans and Europeans get many more heart attacks and cancers and even more osteoporosis than the Chinese do?
To find out why, an international team of physicians and scientists studied 60,000 people spread out over China in 65 counties. Here is what they found out.
Results: The cholesterol levels tell the story. The American average is about 212 but in China this dangerous fat is down--way down--to less than 150. No wonder only 1% of deaths in China are from coronary artery disease but in the USA this figure is about 50%.
Cancer is common in the USA, but in China it is uncommon. In the counties where people eat the most animal food, they have the most heart attacks, cancer and diabetes.
Even osteoporosis is rare in China, even though they eat much less of calcium-containing foods than do Americans. This may be because animal protein washes out calcium from the bones.. Also Chinese tend to exercise more; this helps hold the calcium they do get.
Conclusion: China, like many other Third World countries, can teach us that a simple plant-based diet, combined with regular exercise, is a winning combination.
Source: The Journal of Health and Healing; Vol.16, No. 1.
This is my favorite gelatin salad and can be used as your protein. Serve with breads, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and corn on the cob, and you have a complete meal.
Dissolve gelatin in the juice then carefully bring it to a boil until clear. Stir constantly. Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Pour into a mold or individual containers. Use your imagination and experiment with the juice and fruit combinations.
Simmer for 10 minutes. Then add:
Make the meal by blending the nuts in the blender until fine. Some places will sell the meal. It is much more reasonable than whole nuts.
Using a 1/3 c. measuring cup make mounds on a cookie sheet and press each to make a pattie. You can make them larger or smaller according to the intended use. 1/2 c. is a good size for hamburger size patties.
Bake 25 minutes at 350o F. Flip and bake longer if needed.
Soak beans overnight. Next morning, rinse and drain. Put soaked beans into a pot with 8 c. water. Bring to a boil. Simmer covered until tender (about 1-1/2 hours). Remove from heat. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into sprayed 8 X 8 baking dish. Cover and bake at 350o F for 2 hours. Uncover and bake for 30 more minutes. Make sure that they don't dry out.