Comparing Apples to Chickens
"Apples and oranges aren't that different really.
I mean they're both fruit. Their weight is extremely
similar. They both contain acidic elements. They're
both roughly spherical. They serve the same social
purpose. With the possible exception of a tangerine
I can't think of anything more similar to an orange
than an apple.
"If I was having lunch with a man who was eating an
apple and-while I was looking away-he replaced that
apple with an orange I doubt I'd even notice. So how
is this a metaphor for difference? I could understand
if you said 'That's like comparing apples and uranium'
or 'That's like comparing apples with baby wolverines'
or 'That's like comparing apples with the early work
of Raymond Carver' or 'That's like comparing apples
with hermaphroditic ground sloths.' Those would all
be valid examples of profound disparity."
- Chuck Klosterman (Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs)
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I have often compared apples to oranges, or apples to
chicken. Chicken contains a relatively high amount of
methionine when compared to other foods. Methionine is
an amino acid containing sulfur as its center atom.
Methionine combines with cysteine (a second sulfur-based
amino acid) and converts to homocysteine in the human body.
Homocysteine has been called a key factor in the etiology
of heart disease by many heart scientists, including
William Castelli, the lead researcher of the Framingham
heart study, which is the longest ongoing heart study in
American history. Similar observations regarding methionine
and homocysteine have been applied to bone disease. The
sulfur in chicken creates an acid condition in human blood.
The acid must be neutralized and it is as the body draws
calcium from its own bones in order to do so.
Chicken is delicious. You'll get no debate from me regarding that
matter. Perhaps what gives chicken so much incredible flavor is
the presence of this sulfur-containing amino acids in chicken
protein. It may taste good coming into the mouth, but it creates
horrible odors within the body and on the way out. I can smell
the sulfur on the breath of a chicken eater. Vegans can detect
the offensive odor as we get close to chicken eaters. Chicken
is harmful to human health. Eating chicken shows no compassion
to the life of a bird, and even less compassion to one's body.
After researching the level of methionine in 100-gram portions
of various foods, I am even more convinced of the damage chicken
causes. Here are the results for 100-gram portions (3-1/2 ounces)
of apples and chicken.
One portion of apple contains 0.001 gms. of methionine.
One portion of chicken contains 0.855 gms. of methionine.
Would you prefer to have the essence of rotten sulfur
coursing through your blood and distributed to every cell
of your body? One bite of chicken contains 855 times the
amount of methionine as an equivalent bite of apple.
Given the facts, would you elect to fuel the engine of
your motor vehicle with a comparatively filthy and
polluting fuel as that which you fuel your own body?
Consider: How many times have you heard:
"A piece of KFC a-day keeps the doctor away."
Compare Various 3-ounce portions of Foods:
Apples contain 0.001 grams of methionine.
Pineapple contains 0.012 grams of methionine.
Cabbage contains 0.014 grams of methionine.
Soft silken tofu contains 0.074 grams of methionine.
Hard boiled eggs contain 0.392 grams of methionine.
Cheddar cheese contains 0.652 grams of methionine.
Parmesan cheese contains 0.958 grams of methionine.
Three additional factors chicken and apples do not share
(according to USDA's Nutrient Data Lab):
Chicken contains 0 gms. of fiber, 76 mgs. of cholesterol,
and 12 gms. of fat (3.7 gms. of saturated fat).
Apple contains 2.4 gms. of fiber, 0 mgs. of cholesterol,
and 0.86 gms. of fat (0.28 gms. of saturated fat).
Physically and spiritually, are you the rotten-smelling
rancid cheese-headed chicken eater, or perhaps, are you
the essence of fresh-pressed cider from fragrant apples?
Don't be a wine-sap by continuing to eat animal protein.
Give up the chicken and you'll become golden delicious!
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"A human can be healthy without killing animals for food.
Therefore if he eats meat he participates in taking animal
life merely for the sake of his appetite."
- Leo Tolstoy