Monday, October 4, 2010

An Introduction To Our Diet

Eating foods first-hand from nature, grown in fertile soil (preferably organic, free from chemicals and pesticides) will help ensure a better supply of these nutritional needs. Processing, refining and overcooking destroy much food value.

Eating out can be a challenge. If a person with celiac disease is in doubt about a menu item, ask the waiter or chef about ingredients and preparation, or if a gluten-free menu is available. Eating in restaurants causes difficulty as the majority of restaurant food is salted. To maintain a low sodium diet, you need to scrutinize the "Nutritional Information" boxes on food cartons.

Eat your breakfast at night rather than in the morning and you may notice how surprisingly your body gets leaner rather than fatter. As a species we are nocturnal eaters, inherently programmed for night eating. Eating smaller portions also helps you set good eating habits that will help you keep the weight off.

Studies show that foods with fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, peas, beans, and whole-grain breads and cereals may help lower blood glucose. However, it seems that a person must eat much more fiber than the average American now consumes to get this benefit. Studies done over many years suggest that 20-25% of children on the ketogenic diet will have their seizures well controlled. An additional 30-40% of children will have their seizure frequency decreased by 50%.

Meat, eggs, fish, poultry, and dairy products all contain cholesterol. Foods from plants, on the other hand, are free of cholesterol. Meats, butter, nuts, cheese, and eggs contain a lot of essential vitamins and minerals.

Meat-based diets such this one are not a realistic alternative as they are not environmentally sustainable. Huge quantities of fruits and vegetables would be necessary, and with the number of people in the world relying on grain as a means of sustainance, the energy benefits of that food group could not be easily replaced.

Meat and animal derivatives every day in your diet! What's unhealthier than this uncontrolled cholesterol diet which could be oily, heavy and fatty. Meat and dairy products from ruminant animals are supported by lower quality, but more widely available, land that can support pasture and hay. A large pool of such land is available in New York state because for sustainable use, most farmland requires a crop rotation with such perennial crops as pasture and hay.

Fat cells produce leptin--the more fat, the more leptin. The blood gathers the leptin from all the fat cells and carries it to the brain. Fat delays the rate at which the stomach empties? You might think that this is a good thing, but remember that a high-fat diet is not necessarily a healthy diet. Fats provide the most concentrated form of energy; in other words, when they are burned in the body, they supply more than twice the number of calories per gram available from carbohydrates. They are also high in cholesterol.

Sodium is an essential nutrient for normal body function. It plays a major role in the regulation of body fluids, in partnership with potassium and chloride. Sodium and caloric intake were the same for each of the 3 diets. Both experimental diets lowered BP compared to the control diet, but the effect was greatest in patients with high BP who ate the combination diet.


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