Taiwanese Buddhist Study

Everything in moderation is a near unanimous response by health professional, health support organisations and media commentators to solving our health crisis.

A Taiwanese Buddhist study 1 with 4,384 participants compared type 2 diabetes outcomes for lacto-ovo-vegetarians compared with those who consumed meat. The meat-eating group ate only a very small amount of meat.

  • Meat intake for females: 50% consumed less than 10 g/day; 25% consumed less than 2 g/day.
  • Meat intake for males: 50% consumed less than 20 g/day; 25% consumed less than 7 g/day.
  • Fish and meat intake for females: 50% consumed less than 17 g/day; 25% consumed less than 3 g/day
  • Fish and meat intake for males: 50% consumed less than 37 g/day; 25% consumed less than 11 g/day.
There were insufficient numbers to divide the vegetarians into subgroups (pesco, lacto-ovo, vegan). There were 69 vegans (no animal products) and there were no cases of diabetes within this group.

One Big Mac, with 2 meat patties, contains 90 g of meat—so the participants were consuming only a very small amount of meat. Three garden peas weigh a gram.

That minute amount of meat increased the risk of diabetes 4 times for females and 2 times for males. Not an endorsement for moderation.

Footnotes

  1. Chiu, T. H. T. et al. (2014) Taiwanese Vegetarians and Omnivores: Dietary Composition, Prevalence of Diabetes and IFG Marià Alemany (ed.). PLoS ONE. 9 (2), e88547.

One Reply to “Taiwanese Buddhist Study”

  1. Richard Harding
    The Taiwanese Buddhist participants are healthier than the general population. Asian people are afflicted by diabetes at a lower threshold than Europeans.

    NOTE: In the meat eating group, 50% of females consumed less than 10 g meat / day; 25% consumed less than 2 g meat / day.

    One Big Mac contains 90 g of meat. Three garden peas weigh one gram. Even that small amount of meat increased the risk of diabetes four times compared with the non-meat group.

    AND the 69 participants who did not have any animal products.

    Not one was affected by diabetes.

    The cause of type 2 diabetes has been known for decades.

    Search the website for intramyocellular lipids diabetes for more details.

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