Daily Archives: February 5, 2016

WHY ANIMAL PROTEIN IS ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR DIET

 

Dr. Dean Ornish says animal protein is unnecessary and is bad for your health. Dr. Robert Atkins says that animal protein is good for you and you should eat all you can. So, who’s right? Well, they’re both right and they’re both wrong.
What we eat is a function of who we are. Man is classified by science as a primate. The order Primata evolved from the order Insectívora, or insect-eating mammals. Members of this species share many traits – including an omnivorous diet. Ninety-five percent of primates have a single-chambered stomach incapable of digesting most complex carbohydrates as they occur in nature. Of the two hundred species of primates, only the Colobus and Langur monkeys have a multi-chambered stomach and are thus capable of digesting a diet consisting primarily of complex carbohydrates. Compared to other primates, man has a shrunken large intestine and colon. In evaluating the gut ratios (the size of the small intestine to the large intestine) ours is much less similar to other primates and more comparable to carnivores, specifically the wolves.
As explained by Ray Audette in his book Neanderthin, “our relatively small lower gastrointestinal tract inhibits our ability to extract nutrients from calorically sparse food such as leaves, shoots, barks, etc., making us more dependent on calorically dense food such as meat, fish, fruit, and nuts.”
Only fish and meat are packed with enough fat and calories to supply the necessary energy demanded by the brain of man. In fact, since the agricultural revolution, and man’s dependence on grains, our brain sized has decreased by 11%!
So, does that mean we can eat all meat we want? No. According to Loren Cordain, professor of evolutionary biology at Colorado Sate University at Fort Collins, meat and fish diets exhibit a natural “protein ceiling.” Humans can comfortably handle a diet where protein makes up no more than 35-40% of calories. The second qualifier is that farm animals, cooped up and stuffed with agricultural grains typically have lots of solid, highly saturated fat. A diet high in saturated fats sets the stage for heart attacks because it leads to the increase of fatty buildup in artery walls.
But wild animals that range freely and eat what nature intended,” says Eric Dewailly, professor of preventive medicine at Laval University in Quebec, “have fat that is far more healthful. Less of their fat is saturated and more of it is in the monosaturated form, like olive oil!
A diet consisting of 35% free-ranging animals (along with high-fiber fruit, and low Gl vegetables) is capable of warding off heart disease and autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, lupus, and MS. Such meats also contain high levels of stearic acid – one of the most powerful antioxidants. Further, meat triggers the release of the hormone CCK, which signals the brain to turn off the appetite.

FLUIDS: HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?

 

How many times have you heard or read the recommendation to drink at least eight-8 ounce glasses of water a day for health reasons. Or that using thirst to drive your drinking habits is not adequate to stay properly hydrated. Or that caffeinated beverages such as soda and coffee can cause dehydration? Probably way too many considering that all these are essentially hogwash.
That’s right. According to the recent findings of an Institute of Medicine panel of U.S. and Canadian scientists than convened for the general public, none of those statements hold water. What they did conclude was that men need an average of 16 cups of water a day and women need 11 cups. But that does not mean you need to drink that much water. All the fluids you consume each day is included in that 16 cups. And don’t forget the moisture in foods. Researchers also suggest that there is an extreme variability in water requirements for every individual that depends on climate, activity level, and how much he or she sweats. This makes a recommendation like eight of “8” antiquated. When it comes right down to it, most people will be fine if they just drink when they are thirsty.
There are two reasons for individuals to consider drinking more than the recommendations here. One, athletes in training dramatically increases their fluid requirements. Two, for those dieting, drinking more water makes one feel full, enabling them to cut down on portion sizes. So, drink up if your goal is to lose fat or gain muscle. If not, you’ll be fine by letting your thirst determine the drinking.

Fluidy Foods:
Food Water Content (cups)

Cucumber (one large) 1.25
Watermelon (one wedge) 1.1
Asian pear (one large) 1
Chicken noodle soup (one cup) 1
Corn (one cup) .9
Salad (1.5 cups) .9
Low-fat yogurt (one cup) .8
Low-fat cottage cheese (one cup) .8
Baked beans (one cup) .8
Baked potato (one medium) .6
Brown rice (one cup) .6
Grapes (one cup) .6
Apple (one medium) .5
Oatmeal (One cup) .5
Orange (one medium) .5