It's actually very, very different than that. The problem is you're getting TOO MUCH fiber.
Originally Posted by porcelain
I subscribe to a very different opinion than most. I strongly believe that vegetables SHOULD NOT make up a very large part of the human diet. Eating a typical Primal Blueprint diet, where the bulk of food volume comes from fibrous vegetables, leads to disastrous digestive issues. Your intestines get gummed up with too much fiber, you lose the ability to absorb nutrition properly, you lose regularity and energy levels drop. Consider the following:
1.) Our physiology is clear. Our intestines are NOT made to digest large quantities of fibrous vegetables. Our intestines are made to do digest animal flesh, starchy tubers and fruit.
2.) Don't for a second think Grok ate salad. It makes no sense to do so. The caloric density of leafy and fibrous vegetables are next to nothing. It would be a waste of Grok's energy to pick vegetables. He would go after animal flesh, starchy tubers, fruits and nuts before he'd eat a plant. He expended far more calories than we do since he had to hunt all day long. Running around picking spinach and kale would be a total waste of his time.
3.) Our saliva is loaded with amylase. Our bodies are breaking down starch before the food even enters our stomach.
4.) Many fibrous vegetables have the nutrition bound in compounds that the human body can't digest in the raw state. Nutrition in starches and meat are far more bioavailable to us. Meat and potatoes are actually complete protein sources. Not so with nuts, legumes and vegetables.
For best performance, a diet rich in organ meats, quality starches, fruits and low in fiber is the way to go. You will be amazed how much better you'll feel since the energy and nutrition is so readily available to your body. We're made to quickly digest fat, glucose and even fructose for fuel. The last thing your body wants to do is spend hours fermenting broccoli and spinach in your gut trying to extract what little energy is present there. You're far better off eating liver, kidney and bone broth than kale and spinach.
I make sure to load up on starches every other day, not going more than two days without significant quantities. If I do a CKD-style diet where I'm low-carb for 4-5 days straight, my whole system backs up and I feel lousy. Meat, starch and fruit. Meat, starch and fruit. Vegetables are incredibly overrated. Treat them as a dietary supplement for whatever nutrition you're not getting in meat, starch and fruit. Don't make them the foundation of your Food Pyramid.
Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 02-09-2012 at 08:51 PM.
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