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You Don’t Have To Be A Biochemist
Friday, October 03, 2014 3:45 pm Email this article
You don’t have to be a biochemist to know how to eat! Most foods contain about the same things–most foods come from cells. You can live eating nothing but meat. Cavemen came close to doing that. The Masai in Africa do so even now. Provided you occasionally eat liver (for certain vitamins), you can live on meat. You can live on starch, too. A billion people do it, because it’s all they can get. You can live on vegetables. There’s protein even in broccoli.
Americans think they are biochemists. On my desk there is a block labeled “meat & cheese” and a block labeled “starch”. I use them in explaining the harm done by combining large portions of each. (Basically starch drives insulin very high allowing extra calories from meat to come in.) When asked about this part of my demonstration, many patients swear I told them to avoid combining protein and starch. I said no such thing. The block was clearly labeled “meat & cheese”, not protein. My material is meant to be understood word for word as written.
The trouble is that so much of what amateur biochemists know is wrong. For instance, asked from where most people in the world get vitamin C, most American say “orange juice”, because that’s all they know. But actually most people in the world can’t get OJ. In most seasons they can’t even get fruit. So most people get their vitamin C from onions; but vitamin C is present in almost any food that is fresh.
Where do most people in the world get calcium? Not milk, obviously, since most people in the world are lactose-intolerant. In fact most people in the world get their calcium from cabbage and cabbage-like vegetables.
If you lived where people are starving, it might make sense to combine foods to get the maximum nutrition from them. But you live in an overfed nation. You don’t want to make your digestion more efficient; you want to make it less efficient.
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