Thanks for Publishing my Photo, FastCompany, in Eaton DC hotel goes beef-free to help … except I’m not sure how replacement with ultra-processed, bioengineered food is helpful…

2019.04.23 Eaton Workshop, Washington, DC USA 01591
2019.04.23 Eaton Workshop, Washington, DC USA 01591 (View on Flickr.com)

Thanks for publishing my photograph, @FastCompany, in this piece by @woolyknickers.

The photo was taken as part of this year’s Capital TransPride event (my 7th), with great respect and gratitude for the support for transgender communities by the @EatonWorkshop.For photos of that experience, see: Photo Friday: Eaton Workshop, Host for 2019 Capital TransPride, My 7th – As predicted, the future arrived

My questions about this piece:

  • Helping the Amazon is exclusively linked to eating less beef in the piece, yet the organization receiving Eaton’s donation, AmazonWatch, barely mentions cattle in their mission or their work. Their target – fossil fuels.

Indeed, this greater overall concern, fossil fuel use, has been echoed in the latest research. See: Just Read: Understanding Global Methane Emissions as a Family Physician without Diabetes (and hoping to keep it that way)

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2018.05 Low Carb and Low Carbon – Ted Eytan MD-1001 776 (View on Flickr.com)
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2018.05 Low Carb and Low Carbon – Ted Eytan MD 2-1002-763 (View on Flickr.com)

On paper, the ingredients of the artificial food replacement appear to be insulinogenic and diabetogenic, so would not be recommended for a person with metabolic disease. I haven’t yet seen a study of a person ingesting this food and checking their blood sugar. I have thought about doing this myself since I wear a continuous glucose monitor from time to time, however, I’d rather not, and other physicians have stated the same:

Since that tweet was published, the formulation of the artificial meat has changed to remove gluten and replace it with genetically engineered soy.

Beyond the theoretical increase in blood sugars, the data generally shows that ultra-processed foods show evidence of metabolic harm in the short term:

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2018.05 Low Carb and Low Carbon – Ted Eytan MD-1001-620 (View on Flickr.com)

Related to all of this is the carbon footprint of healthcare and pharmaceuticals. A food that increases blood sugar and increases insulin requirements puts more pressure on this global producer of CO2, more prolific than even the auto industry.

2018.05 Low Carb and Low Carbon - Ted Eytan MD 1001-766
2018.05 Low Carb and Low Carbon – Ted Eytan MD 1001-766 (View on Flickr.com)

Of course I have recommendations 🙂

  • I would add a whole-food plant-based version of food to the menu during this trial and not an artificial, genetically engineered one.
  • I would look at energy use. Is Eaton Workshop reducing its carbon footprint by investing in non-fossil-fuel sources of energy (easy to do)? I’m about to write a post on how I did this for myself and my carbon footprint. It’s far more useful if large organizations do this too.

  • I support and enjoy Eaton Workshop’s commitment, I’m sure there’s more to it than what’s in this article. Since my photograph was used, I am compelled to add information from my own experience. Climate change is a threat to humans, a threat to the diversity of humanity, including #LGBTQ humanity, a threat to Washington, DC, and to the world. We all have accountability to mitigate its effects.

    2018.05 Low Carb and Low Carbon - Ted Eytan MD-1001-781
    2018.05 Low Carb and Low Carbon – Ted Eytan MD-1001-781 (View on Flickr.com)

    The Amazon needs all the help it can get.

    Source: Eaton DC hotel goes beef-free to help save Amazon rain forest

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