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“General” Health

How are your triglycerides?

Ever wonder if William Booth had to worry about high cholesterol or triglycerides? What about our grandparents? Did they worry about this kind of stuff? Probably not. Their lifestyles were very different from ours. The theory that high fats caused heart disease was not developed until the 1950s. Most of our grandparents probably worked some form of manual labor and didn’t go to a doctor. It seems like we have all the answers but keep getting sicker.

High triglycerides don’t get the attention that bad cholesterol does, but they can be just as dangerous for your heart. Triglyceride is the most common fat in your body and may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke for one in five people. A healthy diet to lower triglycerides is an important part of getting your triglycerides under control. As a matter of fact, according to the American Heart Association, healthy choices in diet and exercise are even more important than medication to lower triglycerides for most people.

It may interest you to know that William Booth was a strong proponent of a vegetarian diet and practiced a strict vegetarian diet for about ten years. Here are some excerpts of the reasons he gave for doing so:

according to the Bible, God originally intended the food of man to be vegetarian (Gen 1:29).

…a vegetarian diet is favourable to robust health and strength. …people would be in better spirits, stronger in muscle and more vigorous in energy if they abstained entirely from the use of animal food…

…because a vegetarian diet is favourable to industry and hard work, and because a flesh diet on the other hand, favours indolence, sleepiness, growing fat, want of energy, indigestion, constipation, and other like miseries and degradations.

…a vegetarian diet is more economical…

…a vegetarian diet is a great protection against our drinking, and because the growth of meat eating among the people is one cause of the increase in drunkenness. One bad appetite creates another.

He also cites the thousands of poor people who cannot afford to eat meat; the difficulty in keeping meat “sweet” in hot climates; the cruelty inflicted upon animals in order to prepare them as well as the horror for those who have to do such work. Booth states the “proof that life, health and happiness are all favoured by a vegetarian diet. I have known many examples of this myself,” he says. “Most of the instances of great age are to be found among those who from their youth have lived principally, if not entirely, on vegetables and fruit. All this is worth thinking about.” Indeed.

So I’m guessing that our General would not have had to worry about high triglycerides. Most of us don’t eat a vegetarian diet so we do  need to be careful to keep our number under 150.

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