Healing Ways Vegans Keep Warm In The Winter
With fall crisp in the air, it's time for vegans to bundle up, have more nourishing soups and herbal teas not worry about getting adequate protein.
According to research, the ingestion of protein into your body causes the greatest increase in heat production. This metabolism — or chemical burning — is known as "specific dynamic action" -- the amount of energy expenditure above the resting metabolic rate due to the cost of processing food for use and storage With the temperatures getting cooler you may be concerned about how to keep warm this winter. The good news is, if you are vegan your body will function like a slow burning furnace because you are getting adequate protein.
Protein Equated With Body Heat
People have often equated protein consumption with warmth, especially during the winter months. They believe increasing their intake of protein will help to keep them warmer when the cold weather arrives.
To test this theory, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/453057 a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, involved placing young rabbits on a low-protein diet and recording their body temperatures.
The study concluded that there were no differences between the protein-deprived and control animals concerning their abilities to maintain constant body temperatures during exposure to low (5 C, 10 C) and thermoneutral ambient temperature (20 C).
In fact, in a warm ambient temperature (30 C) the protein-deprived animals were actually better able to maintain a lower body temperature. Injections with heat killed bacteria led to little or no fever in the protein-deprived group.
How Body Temperature Works
Biochemists state that the ingestion of 100 calories of protein leads to 30 calories of extra heat over and above the basal level, or the needs of the body, which is 70. This is wasted heat, which the body tries to get rid of by doing such things as sweating, etc. The so-called 'wasted heat' keeps a human body warmer in times of cold or winter; therefore, increased consumption of protein (meat) would be desirable and useful, in cold weather.
A Vegan Diet Can Keep You Warm
For all the deficiencies Americans have, protein is not one of them. The average recommended intake of protein is 42 grams a day. In fact, many people in the U.S. eat too much of it. Non-vegetarians eat way more protein than they need (almost 80 grams). Vegetarians and vegans actually average 70% more protein than they need every day (over 70 grams). They do this by eating adequate amounts of leafy greens, particularly raw kale and spinach, and by adding beans, nuts, fruit and seeds into their diet. These plant-based proteins will not only build strong muscles, but will keep a vegan healthy enough to run, swim, bike, dance or pump iron keeping body temperature pumping.