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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Good, but not good enough

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Researchers in Ireland, Denmark and Finland, drawing their conclusions from two studies done on 140 girls (altogether) in Denmark and Finland, have found out that teenage girls needs to receive twice as much vitamin-d as they presently do. The researchers measured their vitamin levels and nutritional intake under the course of a year as well as giving them extra vitamin-d (in various concentrations).

My, oh my, there must be a lot of vegan teenage girls in Denmark and Finland, huh? Or maybe, just maybe the idea that vegans are the only ones deficient in some vitamins (B12 comes to mind) is totally wrong, instead mainstream is at least as much deficient as vegans, if not more in these vitamins, and definitely not as aware of the fact.

I think this study was great, finally mainstream will need to realize that vitamin-d deficiency is very common. It just isn’t possible, or at the very least difficult, for the average scandinavian to get enough sunlight to last the entire winter from our tiny summer (what is it – 3 weeks?). I’m also very glad that the RDI of vitamin-d will be raised. But outside of this, what will be done?

Not very much as it seems. They will fortify certain products, but since it will probably be products that cause more harm than good (milk comes to mind) it will only cause the public who already consume too much dairy to up the ante even more to make sure they don’t get deficient, because you know – “you can never drink too much milk”. The recommendations for sunlight exposure, besides being difficult to get enough for our long winter anyways, are still as flimsy as ever. You should be out in the sun (no mention of I don’t know – duration, maybe) 2-3 times/week. This is totally ridiculous and flimsy. Stop with blaming the sun. You getting burnt by the sun is not a 1-1 equation. The sun reacts with your nutrition to promote health. More is better as long as you can handle it. For light-skinned people – 15-20 minutes daily, and for dark-skinned people at least 2 or 3 times that. And then the most ridiculous of all – eat more fish to get vitamin-d. Even ignoring that humans can ingest animal flesh properly, it’s still laden with mercury, making the so-called “health” choice of eating fish highly questionable (don’t do it). But it doesn’t matter, because you can’t get enough vitamin-d from fish unless you eat very high amounts of it, and even then you would need to do so on a daily basis.

What they are doing however, is not as important as what they are not doing. Because as we all know, the MSM are always being the pushers to get us to consume more leftovers from e.g. the fish industry (fish oil) so of course they are promoting that people should take Vitamin-d3 (the kind easily synthesized within the body, right?). Buh, buh – no million dollar prize for you. The only thing that would actually help with the widespread vitamin-d deficiency is not done. And there you have MSM and Swedish policy in a nutshell “we will give you hazardous recommendations to give you the illusion of attaining health, but getting real health – come on, we have a business to run here, if people were healthy who are we going to push all our drugs to?”.