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Did grains extend our lifespan?

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Updated October 18, 2014 at 4:03 AM
Created June 04, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Methionine restriction has been studied in animal models to extend lifespan. Grains are considerably lower in methionine than animal products. And comparing animal products, dairy is lower in methionine content than meat, fish, and eggs. So did adopting a diet high in grain protein and higher in dairy protein than animal flesh protein increase our lifespan through methionine restriction?

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690 · June 04, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Yes... disease prevention, treatment for disease and trauma care. I would think that civil engineers, general practitioners & surgeons deserve most of the credit.

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10994 · June 04, 2013 at 5:25 PM

-1 for not citing studies..

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10994 · June 04, 2013 at 5:24 PM

lmao, just realized who you were. I would've critiqued your studies... Had you provided them.. Otherwise this is just banter regardless......

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912 · June 04, 2013 at 5:17 PM

pretty sure I already attempted to in depth explain the difference between cultivated and real food to you. you didnt seem to grasp that...

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912 · June 04, 2013 at 5:17 PM

No, I downvoted your comment because you offer no insight into answering the question, you merely present an attempted, half-hearted witty answer. and surely I know what a complete protein is.

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10994 · June 04, 2013 at 5:16 PM

"Methionine restriction has been studied in animal models to extend lifespan." Do you have these studies available? I've heard this same argument as evidence we should eat a high fat diet. But the worms in the study were in sterile conditions and when they were put in the wild they actually didn't live as long because they had compromised immune function. It's like one of those things that looks nice on paper but doesn't pan out.

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10994 · June 04, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Lol, I'm imagining a downvoting troll-looking individual popping cheese-its and saying "-1 whut is cumplete proteen mean?"

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3150 · June 04, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Interesting question, +1 as it lead me to learn something new. I hope you're not beaten to death for mentioning grains hehe

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26172 · June 04, 2013 at 4:56 PM

The average life expectancy has doubled in the last ~200 years and minor changes over the previous 15,000.

Why? Sanitation and Modern Medicine.

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690 · June 04, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Yes... disease prevention, treatment for disease and trauma care. I would think that civil engineers, general practitioners & surgeons deserve most of the credit.

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10994 · June 04, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Lol, can I rephrase this question to "Did man's evolution towards eating incomplete proteins extend his lifespan?" To which I'd reply, only to the extent that it gave paleo man a more regular food supply so be didn't starve.

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10994 · June 04, 2013 at 5:25 PM

-1 for not citing studies..

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10994 · June 04, 2013 at 5:24 PM

lmao, just realized who you were. I would've critiqued your studies... Had you provided them.. Otherwise this is just banter regardless......

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912 · June 04, 2013 at 5:17 PM

pretty sure I already attempted to in depth explain the difference between cultivated and real food to you. you didnt seem to grasp that...

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912 · June 04, 2013 at 5:17 PM

No, I downvoted your comment because you offer no insight into answering the question, you merely present an attempted, half-hearted witty answer. and surely I know what a complete protein is.

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10994 · June 04, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Lol, I'm imagining a downvoting troll-looking individual popping cheese-its and saying "-1 whut is cumplete proteen mean?"

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831 · June 04, 2013 at 7:09 PM

If we need less of it why do they sell it as a supplement? Just because mice and rats live longer with less (which stands to reason since they are not the meat eaters we are) does not mean we are better off with less.

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