Why Are Plants So Good for Us?

One thing we know for sure is that bile acid is carcinogenic. Bile acid is produced by our body in different forms to digest food, in particular fats and is mainly produced by our liver. The quicker the bile is secreted and then taken away the better. When we eat fats that are hard to digest (animal fat and other trans fats) more bile is needed. The bile consists of 80% derivates from cholic acid and chenodeoxycholic acid, so called bile acid, and the rest is cholesterol and phospholipids. That’s one reason why people that eat a lot of animal fat and other trans fats have higher cholesterol as they need it to digest these fats. To lower them should logically be through diet, not drugs!

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Other bile acids are produced in our colon by our bacteria. After being used it is reabsorbed and stored in the liver for the next time we eat. A constant bombarding with these acids can harm us and specially cause cancer. That’s one reason why animal eaters, have a much higher risk for colon cancer than vegans. With a predominantly vegan diet our bodies need significantly lower amounts of bile. Also, vegetables help reabsorb the bile and take it away before causing problems. Some vegetables are better than others, specially when steam cooked; beets, eggplants, asparagus, carrots, green beans, collard greens, kale mustard greens, broccoli, green bell peppers, and cabbage.

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Once the harm is done we get a second chance; antioxidants! Vegetables and fruits are packed with them. They stop oxidation and help certain detoxifying enzymes found in plants, to clean out toxic substances from all our cells. The fiber is needed to feed the good gut bacteria and to clean up the intestines. Vegetables and fruit is a total winning concept if you want to be healthy. I could go on and on… Which plants? All of them, at least compared with animal based food. The highest antioxidant content was found (needless to say) in a plant with close to 300.000 while in animal food the highest antioxidants found was 100! In average we get 64 times more antioxidants from plants than from animals.

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There are many ways plants are detoxing, and we have to remember that we know very, very little about the whole process. Any expert that sounds they know it all should be questioned, but we don’t get any more clever questioning for the sake of questioning, and not trying it ourselves. We have no idea of how many substances there are in all our food, specially not in veggies and fruits. When research is done we can only find out what a single or a few isolated substances do to us and how. This doesn’t mean there couldn’t be a thousand other metabolic reasons to eat something or not eat it. Our advice is to read and learn, but most important – try it for 3 months!

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