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


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