September 9, 2011 at 9:23 am
Unless you live in a tropical region, eating bananas is very detrimental to the environment because they are so heavy and bulky, it takes a lot of energy for transportation costs. Also, they are not so benign when it comes to pesticides (see Latin American Banana Farmers Sue Over Pesticides : TreeHugger
). We always buy organic bananas because it’s better for the farmers and the wildlife that are sometimes collateral damage from the pesticides used on bananas. So, my family has cut back on the amount of bananas we consume. I personally used to have 2 or 3 day. Now its about 1 or 2 a week. I just use them sparingly as an egg substitute. After watching the documentary “Fat, Sick and Amost Dead”, I did try a diet similar to what the subject of the movie tried. It was mostly a juice diet but I also added legumes, quinoa and nuts and berries. I do have to say, I have never felt better both physically and mentally. After about 3 days on it, I had a nagging knee pain that had been bothering me for months, it completely dissappeared. It was incredible. The hardest part was giving up my usual vegan pancake breakfast for a vegetable juice I had every morning. But after a few days, I got used to it. I was on it for about 4 weeks. So, now I try my best to restrict grains especially gluten grains. I do eat quite a bit of quinoa which is technically a seed not a grain and is a good source of protein.
September 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm
Hi AK, I’m going to have to disagree with you. Eating bananas and other fruit actually promotes forestation, while most other food promotes de-forestation. Trees are the lungs of the planet. Yes there is an energy cost to transport food, but almost anything you eat has that unless you grow it in your garden.
September 10, 2011 at 12:35 am
ah, crops don’t really count as ‘forestation’. Forestation has to have a level of biodiversity for it to be useful. That’s basically also suggesting that palm plantations are fantastic too… if you are ripping up the native vegetation to put in crops (of any kind) it is generally a bad thing.
also, yes all food has transportation and energy costs but my box of organic veg travels less than 100km to get to me, if I want to eat 30 bananas a day they have to travel over 2000km to get to me.
September 10, 2011 at 11:12 am
When eating 80/10/10, it’s best to always keep a high-calorie fruit on hand, like bananas, as your staple. If you don’t want to eat bananas because of the environmental reasons, you can rely on mangoes or dates, for example, which you would likely be able to find grown even more locally than your vegetables. Many people on 80/10/10 only eat local and organic.
By the way, I’d like to add that I avoid grains like quinoa because humans can get all the protein they need from fruits and veggies. Quinoa has no other nutriets, and grains in general will overwork and enlarge your pancreas if eaten to much. They are highly acidic and will lead to constipation (which I’ve read is one of the biggest factors in causing cancer since your digestive tract is always making new cells. Personally, wouldn’t want to take that chance).
September 11, 2011 at 3:38 am
Dates are a tropical fruit as are mangoes… just like bananas. I don’t live in the tropics, they aint available ‘more locally than my veg’.
Can anyone link me a peer reviewed article that supports this sort of diet? I don’t want to sound aggressive but I would really like to know what the nutrition and dietetics academic community think.
Honestly eat what you like but I really get sick of people saying things about food without a shred of evidence to back it up. If all the food that apparently give you cancer, actually gave you cancer, 95% of the population would have cancer.
September 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm
better to peel a banana then shove a steak down your throat