Sciency, not science

As I was going through some reminders on my phone I remembered an article I had seen the headline of at a newsstand when I was travelling home from Sundsvall last time about EU regulations about healthy food so I googled the article to see what it was all about. It basically means that products can’t make claims that are scientifically unproven. I think this is a great idea, we could remove all the advertising for animal products in one swell swoop 😛 As if we would be that lucky…

        No, this is not recommendations to base our diets around whole foods. It will mostly hit supplement sellers. And they approved things that are either bad or from a perspective making it extremely problematic. Let us go through the list.

€ Vitamin-D is good for the immune system. Can be found in fat fish and eggs.

        - Vitamin-D is a super nutrient. It cleans the blood, disinfects the lymph (if you do not have too much fat as it only penetrates about 1-1.5 cm), is essential to avoiding osteoporosis, just so much great stuff. The problem is the assumption that every nutrient should be gotten from food (or what they call food). Vitamin-D is created by our bodies when we react to sunlight. Sitting just 20 minutes in the sun will create something like 20 000iU of vitamin-D. And this is how we should get it. If you do cannot get a nutrient properly, one needs to look for something that resembles this nutrient as close as possible. This is not from flesh products, which contains high doses of fat and cholesterol. To gamble with your health just to get one specific nutrient cannot be how nature intended things to be. And fish in particular, due to the pollution of our seas is now filled with heavy metals like mercury. No, vitamin-D is essential and if you cannot get enough sun you need to supplement. It should be from a plant-based source, either D2 or a D3 created from sunlight (not sure how they do it) or mushrooms.

€ Potassium is good for muscles, nerves and blood pressure. Can be found in potatoes and milk.

        - Potassium once again is essential. But dairy is extremely unhealthy. One of the most unhealthy foods on the planet. Extremely high levels of cholesterol and saturated fat. Been linked to many diseases like type-2 diabetes, a trigger for type-1 diabetes, lupus, cancer, heart disease, asthma, MS, so much it’s not funny. You can find potassium in basically any whole food, the best sources are fruit.

        Speaking of best sources I have a bone to pick with mainstream. They tend to confuse the best source with the highest source. If I ask for the highest source of carbohydrates, what would you answer? Well, the highest source will always be sugar in a bag. It’s refined sugar so there is nothing, but sugar in there. This does not mean it is the best source. The best source would be fruit. Similarly even if a single nutrient may be higher in some animal foods, it does not mean it is the best. When you buy a shirt you do not want the biggest shirt, but one that fits you well. In nutrition we are looking for the foods that closest mimics our nutritional needs.

€. Now in the interest of logic I will combine three of their recommendations.

        - The fiber Guar gum is good for cholesterol. Can be found in guar flour that is used as a thickener

        - The fibers arabinoxylan and beta-glucanos kan fight blood sugar spikes after a meal. Can be found in wheat, oat and barley.

        - The fiber chitosan is good for cholesterol levels. Can be found in shellfish.

        - rye fiber is good for the intestines. Can be found in some varieties of bread.

        This is just silly. I’m not campaigning against fiber, though it should be mostly the insoluble fiber found in fruit, compared to the insoluble fiber found in all of these things, because it actually scrapes the inner lining of our bodies, which cause some damage. But that is for another day other than consuming a lot of rye bread to help the intestines will not get the result you wish, at least if you are already on a healthy diet. What upsets me is the extreme compartmentalization of fibers they are putting this through. At the same time, they are giving insufficient information and complicating things, making sure that most people will be unable to understand the recommendations. If you eat whole foods you will get enough. And taking fiber to lower cholesterol? Well, I’m not saying it will not work, but if you had a wallet and there was a hole in it so money fell out and someone told you to take this other wallet that had a much smaller hole, it might improve the situation, but your reaction should be that you’d rather have a wallet with no hole in. To improve cholesterol levels there is a simple way – don’t eat it. It only exists in animal foods. We create our own cholesterol, any cholesterol added to that works to the detriment to our health.

        

€ Melatonin can relieve jet-lag. Can be found as pharmaceuticals.

        - this one might actually be reasonable. But melatonin is a hormone and should really not be messed around with. I would rather go out more in the light and maybe get a sunset alarm clock that will use natural sounds that existed alongside our sleep as we evolve, which stimulates our melatonin levels for falling asleep or waking up. Make sure it can do both sunset and sunrise though.

€ Meal replacements with less than 250 calories/portion can help with loosing weight.

        - More from the anorexic propaganda society. You can loose weight short-term like this, same as you can loose weight short-term by not eating anything. But this will not work long-term, because you can’t do the stuff you normally do with insufficient fuel. It’s like putting half the amount of gas in your gas tank and still expecting your car to go all the way. It will not happen. And even if you are into it for the short-term, you will set yourself up for a binge, undoing the effects and more. Trust me, I’ve been there. No, the true way to weight loss is eat as much as you want, but eat it from the right things. That means, no animal products, 10-15% of calories maximum coming from whole food fats (no oils), 80% minimum coming from carbohydrates (especially fruit). Then also do exercise 20-30 minutes/day on average and you will loose weight. Everything is so short-term in our society, but the truth is that it is not so. Health is long-term, both loosing it, maintaining it and gaining or regaining it.

€ Fructose is better than regular sugar for blood sugar levels. Can be found in fruit.

        - No comments, rather an applause from getting off the fruit-phobia. Wish they would have said there is no comparison, but it’s a start.

€ Post-workout recovery meals that contain glucose, sucrose and sodium helps to minimize fluid loss.

        - Two things. First if you want to minimize fluid loss you need to rehydrate. Taking a powder and thinking it’s going to rehydrate you is wishful thinking. And if you take it with sodium that will never happen, because sodium causes the body to retain more water weight.

€ The antioxidant polyphenol protects the cells of the body. Can be found in olive oil.

        - Plant foods are extremely rich in antioxidants, especially berries. There is no need to eat more fat (something our society already eats way too much off), especially from refined sources.

€ Caffein in moderate amounts (about 2 cups of coffee), gives increased alertness and performance. Yes it does, but this is not a good thing. If you slap my face I will get more alert too and I’ll probably work harder so you will not repeat the procedure, but that does not mean it’s good. Coffee dehydrates the body, it exhausts the adrenals, increases blood sugar levels, insomnia, reduces serotonin. There is so much bad with coffee and it is addictive. If you are not alert enough eat some fruit, that gives natural sugars. And sleep more. Fighting off the symptoms of a bad lifestyle with drugs is no solution.

€ Unsaturated fats is good for the cholesterol. Can be found in olive oils, corn oil, peanut oil, rapeseed oil and walnuts.

        - Once again if you do not eat cholesterol you will not need to lower it. All whole foods contain both saturated and unsaturated fatty acids in just the amounts needed, no need to eat extra. In a natural environment we would be able to eat whole food fats at most a couple of months each year, that is all the time they are in season. We can definitely enjoy some avocados, coconuts, walnuts and sesame seeds, but we do not need them. In addition rapeseed and corn is probably Genetically Modified and should not be eaten. Especially rapeseed, which is an industrial oil (and the source for mustard gas) that should exist, at best, in things like shampoo and not in our food. It’s just used because it is cheap.

That became longer than I though. Well anyways, I applaud the European Union for at least taking a first step, which is more than my country has done on these issues, we need more consideration and knowledge about nutrition. But their science board is a present just sciency. I’ll wait for part 2 of the trilogy, maybe they will have gotten themselves an education in nutrition by that time.

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