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Another Round of Stump Sisson Friday
Posted By Mark Sisson On June 29, 2007 @ 4:46 pm In Health | No Comments
All right, gang, you flooded my inbox this week. I can certainly think of worse problems to have, though. (People read the blog! A whole lot of people, as it turns out). I always answer as many emails as I can. If you don’t hear from me, it’s a good idea to talk about your health questions in the forum , so that if I don’t answer them, someone sure will – a very encouraging and interesting gang, as you’ll find.
This week, I got a whole slew of questions about my controversial case against cardio , my antipathy towards carbs , what food I eat  in a day, and oddly, not one but several emails about spirulina.
“Mark, is it true that spirulina is a good source of Omega-3′s? Is it better than fish oil?”
Sorry, but spirulina is a very poor source of Omega-3′s – a dose of fish oil has ten times the amount. I have a bit of a beef with spirulina supplements, because while it’s technically true that spirulina is a good vegetarian protein as well as containing beneficial fatty acids, the amounts are seriously microscopic. You’d literally have to consume spirulina breakfast, lunch, and dinner to get even a minimal amount of nutrients you can easily get from consuming just a few servings of wild salmon or even olive oil every week. This is something I see in general with a lot of supposed “miracle food” supplements. I won’t name names (for now) but potency means zip if the dose itself is puny. Look at grams per serving, always.
“Mark, how do I find out my nutritional type?”
Oh, boy. This is one that just persists and persists. I am not a fan of body-typing for diet or anything else, apples. Something you learn in Biology 101 is that we all share the same metabolic pathways – so we should all stay away from the same things – sugar, namely. It’s just that some of us are better at extracting and storing calories than others (see the Bees’ coverage of gut bugs ). The problem is simple, but very common (like 65% of Americans share it!).
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