Food for thought

Fab post once again!

Zero-a-day.

So, to remind you all that the aim of this blog is to attempt to show that there’s no need for any carbs at all in the human diet, which naturally means no fruit and vegetables, and therefore that the old 5-a-day guideline is quite simply misguided and unnecessary. One of my concerns about the downsides of eating a diet that includes carbs is mental health. So I’ll throw out a few basic quickfire points in this post to give you all something to chew on. Food for thought.

We know that the standard western diet (should that be US/UK diet? What nations are more obese than the UK/US?) causes lots of damage: inflammation; oxidation; insulin resistance; hormonal problems; micronutrient deficiencies.

Now then, just as these issues can affect the internal organs and systems, so can they affect the brain. As Dr Georgia Edes, practising psychiatrist and…

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Naughty misnomer (ii)

Another great read. Cannot believe how I ever ate TVP and thought it was good for me!

Zero-a-day.

Last time, I looked at ‘vegetable’ oils; in this post I’ll take a look at ‘vegetable’ protein. (Again, the term ‘vegetable’ is being used as a modifier rather than as an indicator of the source of the protein). ‘Vegetable’ proteins come from grains and legumes

As a student, I was, for a while  – gasp – a vegetarian. A crap one, with a raft of vague reasons why, but a vegetarian nevertheless. We often feasted on meals made with TVP, textured vegetable protein, available in our local ‘health food’ shop. I can laugh about it now, but in those days, I think we thought that we were ‘making a difference’ as well as getting our protein. (We were making a difference to our health, but not in the way we expected). TVP is made from soy that has not been fermented, and that key aspect of its production…

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TVP? Don’t Get Me Started!

Another fantastic post about why vegetable protein is in no way a perfect substitute for good old fashioned animal meat!

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Veggies – toxic waste?

Another great post! Happy to share.

Zero-a-day.

In case the whole angle of this blog series isn’t totally clear from its title, Zero-a-day, let me start off by underscoring once again the basic premise: humans have no requirement for dietary carbohydrate.

So I’ve looked at fruit and fructose, and now I’ll have a quick look at vegetables, although – spoiler alert! – you now know I’m going to conclude that there’s no more need to eat vegetables than there is to eat fruit.

Tell me if you ever see a broccoli plant scampering up a tree in order to escape its natural predators. Or a lettuce. (Although broccoli didn’t even exist until it was bred about 2,500 years ago, a mere pulse in the human timeline). While plants and trees want animals to eat their fruit, if they bear any, in order to propagate their seeds, they don’t want animals to freely eat their…

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Saturated fat does not clog the arteries

Fresh from the BMJ:

“Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy lifestyle interventions”
Fascinating read, not that anyone following a ZC diet doesn’t already know this, but nevertheless it is good to see reports like this appearing in a credible medical journal.
I especially like this paragraph taken from the report:
“Coronary artery disease pathogenesis and treatment urgently requires a paradigm shift. Despite popular belief among doctors and the public, the conceptual model of dietary saturated fat clogging a pipe is just plain wrong. A landmark systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies showed no association between saturated fat consumption and (1) all-cause mortality, (2) coronary heart disease (CHD), (3) CHD mortality, (4) ischaemic stroke or (5) type 2 diabetes in healthy adults.1 Similarly in the secondary prevention of CHD there is no benefit from reduced fat, including saturated fat, on myocardial infarction, cardiovascular or all-cause mortality.2 It is instructive to note that in an angiographic study of postmenopausal women with CHD, greater intake of saturated fat was associated with less progression of atherosclerosis whereas carbohydrate and polyunsaturated fat intake were associated with greater progression.3 “

 

47 reasons why fructose will dissolve your elbows

Fantastic! Re-blogged to my carnivore blog 🙂

Zero-a-day.

Fructose won’t really make your elbows dissolve. Don’t worry. It was just a ‘typical blog headline’.

And I don’t have 47 reasons either. So if that’s what you were expecting, click away now. If, on the other hand, you’re interested in whether fructose is a positive or negative element in your diet, then read on…

In my last blog I mentioned how fructose doesn’t trigger the normal satiation signalling, so humans are prone to gorge on fruit, which might be an evolutionary mechanism that would help us, and other mammals, put on fat over autumn in order to survive winter – ‘scheduled obesity’.

Now that fruit is available in unlimited quantities and at all times, the amount of fructose coursing through our systems is far greater than our liver’s capacity to deal with it.  But guess what – the food available to humans today is different from 40,000 years ago…

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