Since chronic inflammation underlines many disease processes and saturated fat appears to facilitate the endotoxic inflammatory reaction to animal products, researchers have looked to wild animals for less unhealthy meat options.
“There is evidence of a link… between a form of low-grade systemic inflammation and several chronic diseases. This subclass of inflammation has been labelled ‘metaflammation,’ paraflammation, or ‘smouldering inflammation.
“Obesity, is known to be associated with this form of inflammation,” though a recent paper argues that obesity may be more of canary in the coalmine. Well if this inflammation is “”now known to underlie most, if not all forms of chronic disease, what are some inducers of this inflammation”? Well, that mineshaft might actually be one—air pollution and rising CO2 levels, but also second-hand smoke, inactivity, too much activity—like marathon runners actually may be stressing their bodies out too much, excessive alcohol, calories, fast food, western doet, saturated and trans fat, not enough fiber, and too much sugar, meat and salt. Note though they specify domestic meat. Might wild game be healthier?
One study comparing the meat of both captive, and wild, pheasants, for example, found significantly more saturated fat in the domesticated birds, which is one of the components blamed for helping to trigger the meat-induced postprandial—or “after-meal” inflammatory response, given the potent inflammatory effects of saturated fats. So wild animals would seem the least unhealthy meat option, but it wasn’t until recently when we got any real evidence one way or the other.
This group of Australian researchers compared the amount of inflammation triggered by modern meat, domesticated animal meat, compared to that triggered by kangaroo meet. They looked at three different inflammatory markers, Tumor necrosis factor, interleukin 6 and C-reactive protein. Here’s the regular meat, big spike in inflammation 1 hour, two hours after the meat, no surprise, that’s what saturated animal fat does. But here’s the kangaroo. Sure, still causes that smoldering meta-inflammation, but not as much as store-bought meat.
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The meat-induced spike in inflammation within hours of consumption is explored in my 3-part video series The Leaky Gut Theory of Why Animal Products Cause Inflammation, The Exogenous Endotoxin Theory, and Dead Meat Bacteria Endotoxemia. It’s also discussed briefly in my full-length 2012 presentation Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death. Other videos on inflammation include Anti-Inflammatory Antioxidants, Fighting Inflammation With Food Synergy, Garden Variety Anti-Inflammation, Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Purple Potatoes, Fighting Inflammation in a Nut Shell, and Dietary Treatment of Crohn's Disease. Given this new data suggesting that the consumption of flesh from wild animals causes less inflammation, might those who continue to eat meat benefit from switching to something like venison? That's the subject of tomorrow's video-of-the-day Filled Full of Lead.
For some context, please check out my associated blog post: Lead Poisoning Risk From Venison
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