Recent research indicates that O is not the 'oldest' type after all. I think it was A(but I'm too lazy to go look it up, sorry!).
Kale lovers LOVE kale haters...it means more kale for US!
Whew! It took a couple days but I JUST finished reading the thread. Some very interesting items here. I personally think I am happier sans the veggies. I have never been an all veggie person (even during my vegetarian state-eek). I have been branching out more into the offal. PB, funny you brought up the petburger.. I was going to ask you about that. Is it richer with the organ meats then?
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Regarding fibre, one should take "The Fibre Menace" within the context that it is specifically related to those individuals with damaged GI tracts in need of repair.
In a healthy GI tract with the appropriate microbiota the bulk of both solouble and insolouble fibre is fermented and releases Short Chain Fatty acids (SCT's).
There is a twofold advantage in this:
1/ The SCT's are directly absorbed by the colon and can be utilised to power the colon on site, bypassing and reducing the load on the vascular system.
2/ The fermentation process produces a significant amount of heat, which reduces endogenous thermoregulation demand.
When you add these two together it is basically a significant free energy supplly from the microbiota through an outsourcing of digestion arrangement.
Fiber menace does specifically say that it is not anti-fiber as long as that is soluble fiber that comes along with naturally ingested foods. It is mostly against the rampant overuse of fibre as a laxative and fiber as a bulking additive in products. So, it does say that if your gut is healthy there is nothing "wrong" with eating a salad.
I just question beyond "wrong" to "is it necessary or even beneficial?"
I'm not sure I want anything fermenting in my intestines, thankyouverymuch. We are perfectly capable of thermoregulation without a gassy vat of fermenting celery fiber to help. And why can't the body supply SCTs to the colon via the circulatory system? Why is having it produces in situ beneficial? It is beneficial for the microbes. They love it. I eat to feed ME, not some freeloading microbes.