Can you live or survive without vegetables?
05 February 2006
Over time, Populations adapt to their environment.
In Europe, plant life has thrived thanks to regular rainfall, ideal sunshine and temperatures that are generally quite favourable. Europeans live in a world that is "green" nearly all year round. In fact, our bodies gradually learned not to make any more Vitamin C than what our diet provided on a regular basis. We have become "plant-dependent": fruits and vegetables are now essential for us to survive. In addition, plants and vegetables supply fibre, that can be found in grains.
Some groups of people manage to survive while eating very few vegetables, like Inuits in the Arctic and Touaregs in the desert.
Their bodies have adapted to unfavourable conditions with life expectancies much lower than the European average.
Researchers have shown that, in addition to supplying vitamins and fibre, fruits and vegetables provide us with protective elements called "antioxidants".
They protect us against the time assaults, and they reduce the likelihood of major illnesses such as cancer and heart diseases. Hence, vegetables are essential for life. Moreover, they contribute to a better health, and for a much longer period of time.
Les légumes ont des antioxydants variés et complémentaires : anthocyanes, lycopène, polyphénols, lutéine, … Ils ralentissent le processus de vieillissement et nous prémunissent contre les maladies dégénératives.
En Amérique du Sud d’où il est originaire, le maïs est consommé en association avec du blé (le pain) et des haricots rouges : ce trio végétarien permet de fournir toutes les protéines indispensables aux Hommes, en proportions équilibrées.