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  • Beano! And should we eat broccoli?

    So I saw a Beano commercial and being the curious little paleo scientist I am, decided to research it. It's a digestive enzyme (alpha galactose) to help us break down certain complex carbs like broccoli.

    I have a few questions about this: they say that while the undigested broccoli particles are fermenting in your intestines, bacteria are feeding off of it - are these good or bad bacteria?

    If certain humans are unable to digest this complex-carbs - then should we really be eating them? If one needs to take a supplement to digest this food, doesn't that indicate it's not compatible with the human digestive track?

    These are the things I think about instead of studying for final exams. I would love to hear your thoughts. I have been in a vicious war with my digestive track to reduce (foul smelling) gas and reducing bloating would be nice too, and so far my stint with the Candida diet has helped the smell, but some broccoli today made me look pregnant....

    But if the consensus is that we should eat bloating-foods anyways, I will continue to include them (before bed)
    Started eating Primal in October 2011.
    Started lifting heavy things on October 26, 2012.
    Started sugar detox: November 12, 2012
    [may or may not have been purposely before Thanksgiving]


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    Man walks into a doctors office and says, "Doc, it hurts when I do this." And the doctor says, "Well, don't do that then."

    But seriously, there is no need to force feed yourself any veggies you don't actively want to eat.

    Personally, I only eat plant matter that is serving a purpose. Examples:
    Occasional white rice sticking my sushi together.
    lettuce wrap on my burger keeping the mustard off my fingers
    mushroom and onion sauce enhancing the flavor of my steak
    pico de gallo salsa making southwestern meatloaf tasty
    kelp noodles soaking up the marinara sauce from the meatballs
    avocados and coconuts having a good fat profile and tasting awesome.

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread76160.html
    Last edited by Paleobird; 05-06-2013, 08:12 PM.

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    • #3
      I just read your article/forum post Paleobird and responded. Thanks
      Started eating Primal in October 2011.
      Started lifting heavy things on October 26, 2012.
      Started sugar detox: November 12, 2012
      [may or may not have been purposely before Thanksgiving]

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      • #4
        No broccoli for me, unless I need to FLY! Ah ha ha ha!!

        And BEANO never worked for me. I need a digestive enzyme that's FAR stronger! If anyone is looking for one, I highly recommend Life Extension's version!

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        • #5
          Virtually all plant tissue will support certain gut bugs, but we generally don't reach a toxic threshold unless we eat the same one monotonously. Gut biome is still pretty mysterious but it seems like a rotating variety of leaf, stalk, root, and fruit fibers will foster a healthy equilibrium. Massive gas indicates a bacteria party so maybe that particular species is getting rowdy and needs to be starved down for a while?
          37//6'3"/185

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          • #6
            I dont believe broccoli to really be a food. Does anyone even like it if its not heavily salted/buttered?

            Dont eat what you dont like or what makes you feel bad. Simple as that.

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            • #7
              haha, i knew a broc lover would come along right after my post.

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              • #8
                Sounds like brocoli's not the problem, you need some more varied microbiota and probably also gut healing.
                "There are no short cuts to enlightenment, the journey is the destination, you have to walk this path alone"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by egrok View Post
                  So I saw a Beano commercial [...]
                  There, you noted it was a commercial ...

                  About broc, you can always read Dr Georgia Ede's opinion on it

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Zach View Post
                    I dont believe broccoli to really be a food. Does anyone even like it if its not heavily salted/buttered?

                    Dont eat what you dont like or what makes you feel bad. Simple as that.
                    Ive actually had brocholli and brussel sprout cravings recently. I est it plain and steamed. I like to steam it really well, brings out nice flavour and obviously easier to digest.

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                    • #11
                      there is a study for anything-whether its good or not. I try to keep my carbs as low as I can, and eat what i like. I like broccoli, but not cauliflower or Brussel sprouts. So I don't eat them. I love crayfish, hate oysters. Eating this lifestyle should be fairly simple...I think we complicate it looking for a way to change the premise of it.
                      just my opinion
                      mike

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                      • #12
                        Brussels sprouts sauteed in bacon grease is the best way to eat them.

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                        • #13
                          I eat steamed broccoli, cauliflower etc often and no beano needed...beano is for beans...if you eat beans often it may or may not help your gut adjust but in the end you will still have some gas...its just the nature of beans...some people enjoy the gas but we didn't evolve eating this kind of food so its an imperfect match.
                          Last edited by rockrunner; 05-07-2013, 08:17 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Wow, thanks for posting this. I have noticed over the past few years that whenever I eat raw broccoli, I always feel sick afterward. I always thought it was just me! It doesn't happen when it's steamed though. Anyway, I pretty much just stay away from it.

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                            • #15
                              Crucifers and dark greens are definitely more digestible when cooked. My acceptable list of raw veggies is fairly short--mostly low-energy fruits and roots (cucumber, bell pepper, radish, carrot)

                              As for palatability I think pretty much every cuisine uses vegetables as fat/salt sponges. Nothing wrong with that!
                              37//6'3"/185

                              My peculiar nutrition glossary and shopping list

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