A biochemical clue as to why vegetarians tend to be significantly slimmer than the rest of the population.
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While soy and turmeric can suppress human fat cells, not all vegetarians eat curried tofu, so this still doesn’t explain why vegetarians are so much slimmer, on average, than meateaters. Well, we’re getting closer to an answer
The reason I chose to major in biophysics rather than biochemistry is because of diagrams like this. This is the simplified version of human metabolism. The real deal is controlled is by about 25,000 genes. Let me focus in on one in particular. This appears to be the enzyme that does much of the heavy lifting, Carnitine Palmitoyl Transferase. CPT here, shovels the fat that we eat, into the furnaces in our cells.
The more active it is, the more fat we burn. That’s where a vegetarian diet seems to come in. Here’s our man CPT, significantly upregulated in vegetarians, boosted by about 60%. We’re not sure why, but that may help explain why those eating vegetarian are so slim.
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For some context, please check out my associated blog post: Boosting Gut Flora Without Probiotics.