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New Diet Guidelines Poised to Promote More Plants, Less Meat

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With new guidelines for healthy diets set to drop, it looks as if the US government will be advising people to consider the environment when choosing what to eat; a recommendation that includes less meat.

An advisory panel to the US Agricultural Department is poised to set forth rather unprecedented recommendations. While not yet finalized, a draft of the guidelines calls for the increased consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts – and a decrease in beef.

What’s more, discussions ahead of the release have included sustainability and access to foods for future generations. The panel has stressed that there are many foods both good for health and the environment. Such guidelines relating diet to the planet have not taken place in the past.

The current draft encourages a diet higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods; with the panel adding that such a recommendation is “more health-promoting and is associated with lesser environmental impact than is the current average US diet.’

Naturally, beef industries are protesting these new guidelines, falling back on the notion that we’ve always ate meat and things shouldn’t change. Congress has some objections too, politicizing the issues and calling for the exclusion of environmental commentary, as it were.

For some, this is old news and not a drastic enough change – but for the government, this is a major step. Past guidelines have not specifically recommended eating less meat; instead they have suggestive eating different kinds, such as lean meat.

Furthermore, the counter to Representatives trying to narrow the scope of the dietary guidelines is that past recommendations have involved physical activity, as well as food safety. Now, at last, the environment will be considered too.

Via The Boston Globe

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  • Pratha

    Many times when considering the new diet guidelines, I
    often consider all of the good times I have experienced in life. It
    seems that the announcement of a new health diet puts me in a reflective, relaxed state of mind.

    One strange but spectacular memory comes to mind in particular…

    Once, while on a voyage of the mind, body, and soul with my man friend, Srinivas, and my lady friend, Smupa…

    We were floating in a small boat in the vast ocean when suddenly,
    monstrous bubbles came to the surface just under our little row boat,
    almost capsizing us. A very potent, harshly foul odor was soon realized.
    I almost fainted and vomited simultaneously, while Srinivas began to
    hallucinate and Smupa smiled in a most uncontrolable manner. It might be worth mentioning that we also had some “strange
    substances” with us on this voyage.

    I then broke into song, waxing eloquently about the progression of
    the many intangible inconsistencies present in the workings of the mind
    of some of the most whimsical and near-sighted blowhards this side of
    Grand Junction, Colorado.

    Meanwhile, the near-toxic gas released by the bubbles began to morph
    into a strange collection of exorbitant colors and sounds. Was I
    bypassing the space-time continuum once more??

    The answer? Partially.

    Meanwhile, back in the States, my most beloved and precious
    polka-loving mother-in-law became enraged by the thought of such a peculiar
    explanation. Existentially speaking, of course, she was correct and
    once again and I had to continue on my voyage with my man friend and lady friend.

    By this point, Srinivas was laughing whole-heartedly while vomiting
    out all of the frustrations that had taken root in his stomach and mind.
    The stars had aligned in the funniest of ways. Smupa then passed some gas from the bottom.

    So, naturally, this led me to ponder one of the most critical questions confronting mankind for the past 1458 years…

    Do Whales Fart?

    Smupa did some research and found the following –

    The short answer is yes, whales do indeed fart, flatus or pass gas depending on how you like to phrase it.

    In fact whales, dolphins and porpoises are all marine mammals belonging to the cetacean species and they are all known to fart.

    Today there are around 80 – 90 known species of cetacea currently in

    existence and they encompass all of the worlds major oceans from the

    tropics to the coldest of the northern and southern polar hemispheres.

    When it comes to passing gas, farting is a common characteristic that

    most land and marine mammals have in common with one another.

    Passing gas allows animals to release air that is trapped inside

    their stomach, which could lead to digestive problems, stomach cramps or

    other complications if not removed from the body.

    When an animal passes gas or farts the air that comes out of the body comes primarily from two main sources.

    The first source comes from oxygen that is pulled in through the air
    either while breathing (inhaling and exhaling) or when consuming food or
    drinking water; and since all mammals eat food and require oxygen to
    survive they all take in air.

    The second source of air or gas comes from food that is broken down

    by enzymes, stomach acids and bacteria in the stomach, which creates

    toxic gasses that need to be removed from the body to prevent it from

    doing harm to the individuals digestive system.

    In order to release these gases animals need a way to expel them from

    the body and for most mammals this means that the toxic gas has to exit

    through either the mouth, which causes burping or through the anal

    tract which causes farting.

    The gases that are expelled from a fart are mostly composed of hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane.

    The reason some gasses smell worse than others is because of the breakdown of the foods involved.

    Certain foods can cause obnoxious orders when released as gas while others do not.

    From some of the statements researchers have made about whales

    farting they have concluded that yes, it stinks when a whale farts.

    When a whale farts or passes gas underwater the sound is believed to

    be suppressed by the surrounding water making it silent or at least

    quite compared to the gas that is expelled from land based animals.

    In some cases bubbles or clouds can be seen rising to the surface of the water when a whale passes gas.

    Those most likely to experience whales farting are likely to be

    researchers involved in following whales and researching their dung or

    gathering information about their gestation period, habitat, social

    structure and other important factors.

    In some cases this may also be observed by tourists and whale

    watchers that are hoping to get a glance of these marine mammals in

    their natural habitat.

    Unfortunately not much research has been done on this topic, however

    there have been researchers who have experienced and confirmed that yes

    whales do indeed fart.

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