Monday, November 17, 2014

MORE ON IRON ON THE ZERO CARB DIET


If there is one things folks on the Zero Carb diet have not to worry about is to get enough iron in their diet.

As we known, animal products are an optimal source of iron, especially the HEME type of iron, which is readily absorbed, compared to the NON-HEME type from plants sources. And since we are only absorbing between 15 to 35 % of the iron in our diet, a good source is essential.

Nowadays, iron deficiency has reached serious levels on the planet: more then 50% of humans are lacking iron. No surprise as so many have decided to stop consuming meat based on “pseudo-scientific” reasons. I could always accept their decision is derived from “religious believes”, but when we realize most of today’s nutrition knowledge is manipulated by the agro-business, it is quite difficult to accept the idea 50% of the world population is sick because of thEM…

We traditionally know the inhibitory effects of iron absorption from plant sources is attributed by the presence of phytates, lectins, fibers and calcium associated with this food sources. Yes, you have read: calcium. And what a fuss folks are making NOWADAYS about getting enough calcium in their diet… just to get them to absorb less iron. While it could be so easy to eat a decent source of vitamin D from animal-based sources…

But a study, well buried in the past (1996 more exactly), showed that a “significant intake of carbohydrates”, such as starches, is also inhibitory for iron absorption; and especially starches from corn... Take note that when the study says “significant sources of carbohydrates” this correspond exactly the 55 % daily carbohydrate intake recommended by our “health authorities”…

As you may understand, this is highly significant for human nutrition and has serious impact. Iron is not only essential for oxygen transport but for many other purpose in our body, from keeping the immune system working properly, numerous chemicals reactions not forgetting proper functioning of mitochondria’s, our cell’s energy production units.

And even if we have the capacities of making reserves of iron in our body, we do leach a lot everyday, from skin and bowel cell’s desquamation, perspiration, bile excretion ect. So you may understand we have no choice then replenishing these reserves.

No wonder why, by law, cereals and flours are all enriched with huge amount of iron to compensate the lack of animal source of iron and the inhibitory effect of carbohydrates on its absorption.  In fact, they add so much iron to these food items, that one breakfast portion of most morning cereals contain 115% of the daily recommendations…

I like to make things simple to understand. And to understand that nowadays we have to enriched most of the food sources in our “authority’s recommended diet” because it is "deficient when not enriched", non one needs a PhD to understand there is a serious problem here…

Denis


Sunday, November 9, 2014

WHY THE ZERO CARB EATING PATH WAS A GOOD CHOICE FOR ME


I will soon celebrate my 5th year on a Zero Carb diet and this made me sit down and begin thinking about this “adventure” in today’s “wild world of nutrition”.

Honestly, I think there is no way I could go back to eating a “regular diet”, even eating any other kind of diet… Zero Carb is now a way of life for me, a “lifestyle” if I may say, and it has brought in so much good things, I cannot not see any reason do go on another way of eating.

Clearly, avoiding eating any plant material for so long did not kill me even if I hadmany friends asking me with years: “Where will you take your vitamins?”. This is probably the best example of pure ignorance about “nutrient sources” and “nutrient absorption and metabolism”…

I do not suffer from any vitamin deficiencies, certainly no protein deficiencies, nor mineral, and my regular health check-ups are always coming back normal, including an “Heart Coronaries CT SCAN” that came back entirely normal last year. This all while I am eating an 80-85 % fat diet… mostly saturated… along with good quality proteins… and not even the “shade of a green vegetables”…!!!

I used to be overweight and a pre-diabetic. This is a now things of the past that I do not worry about. My mental skills still seem in good shape, I never got depressed while doing this diet just as I never felt deprived.
A one point, my weight went down probably too low, so low that I looked sick, but having regain some of it, I will not complain about my actual weight situation.

Of course, along the way, I had to do some minor adjustments to this Zero Carb diet because I also suffer from the “Restless Leg Syndrome” and the “Night Eating Syndrome”. I was always convinced these two last problems could get under control with a certain food regiment so I never stopped looking making the necessary changes to achieve 100% cure. And all this happened while doing a Zero Carb diet…

Of course, socially, I felt some pressure from time to time because of this particular way of eating but probably the “health gain” I got was so huge, it helped to overcome any form of distress. For example, this morning again, in a small but charming dinner where I like to go because I can have simply prepared eggs and butter, a new young and overweight waitress looked at me like if I was the brother of “ET” and could not resist asking: “And you are not having anything else with this?”.

I was reading yesterday a study showing 80 % of “long-term vegetarians” develop a vitamin B 12 deficiency. This is serious matter; very serious.  I have nothing against vegetarians and I do serve them “vegetarian dishes” when they are a guest in my house… as much as I avoid discussing nutrition with them. Too much stress for nothing and, in my experience, a pure lost of time…

We have now enough science to back up a Zero Carb diet and enough experience to recommend it. Animal products are the best source of balanced nutrients for the human being as it contains everything we need for perfect health; adding plant material in our diet is just a way to diminish the absorption of the said nutrient , just as it is a way to get our body to leach out a bunch of it.

Some folks are ready to make changes in there life and I guess I was ready for Zero Carb when I first began.  Of course, as many of you, I did not come to Zero Carb straight from a “regular diet”. We all when through a LC diet, then probably a VLCD, to discover this was not enough for us. Carbohydrate metabolism, even in small quantities, can be an obstacle to regain health as we all have different capacities to metabolize them; just as we all have different levels of addiction to them.

I think choosing the Zero Carb path to good health is just a question of personal choice. Just like deciding to stop smoking or drinking… Up to now, there is no law that prescribe one or another thing so, at least, we can enjoy a little bit of freedom of choice… for what is left of freedom in today’s world.

Anyway, my goal is not to live old: this should be a personal objective according to every individual vision of life. My goal is to feel great NOW and not to make a choice that MAYBE will make me feel great when I will get older… even if it seems this is what is happening to me!!!

Denis





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