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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Calories, Protein etc

There are neither axiomatic certitudes nor dictum of finality in any domain of life nor can we deny or defy the importance of anything in life.

I relook into Calories, Protein etc as I got a message about the Calorie myth
No doubt all branches of science have made huge strides in development and making life more comfortable, happy and meaningful. However even many aspects of our physical body are still a  mystery and different  systems of health care have been and are therefore constantly trying to grasp bits and pieces of mysteries unraveled through serious scientific research works and sincere observation based on several case studies ,symptoms,  remedies etc. Be it allopathic, ayurvedic, naturopathy, acupuncture, siddha sytems, native aborigines’ natural and herbal remedies etc all work well with varying levels of effectiveness for different individuals. Each individual’s physical set up on the whole is unique starting from the shape, size etc visible to the naked eye to those invisible to the naked eye like internal organs, constantly changing biochemistry, hormones etc. But based on several experiments conducted and experiences evolved we have been adopting certain remedial measures as universally applicable, but nothing is complete, comprehensive, and conclusive. With each new discovery we need to evaluate the existing store house of data and arrive at a better solution to our problems, if necessary rework or even completely change the perspective and processes involved in our approach and evaluation methodology, that is the beauty of the inbuilt humility and higher position of science over other domains of human knowledge systems like religion, tradition, believe systems etc.

So even the craze of modern trend of starving in the name of dieting and everyone preaching about calories, fibers, proteins etc is not totally correct because as said earlier there are millions of factors which decide a person’s or any person’s health. If as human beings we had complete or total knowledge of how our bodies work then by this time we could have /would have tweaked some aspects and worked on immortality if not longevity for all.

A calorie is NOT a calorie (huge myth exposed inside)
Joel & Josh - BioTrust Nutrition
To Me
Today at 7:46 AM

Eat less than you burn and you’ll lose weight – it’s preached as the “be all, end all” of weightloss and it’s completely WRONG.

Truth is, the number of calories you eat is not the only factor that affects your body composition.  In fact, there are at least 5 other factors that need to be considered, including:

1. The thermic effect of the food ingested.  The thermic effect of food (TEF) measures the amount of energy that is required to support the processes of digesting, absorbing, and assimilating food nutrients as well as the energy expended as a result of the central nervous system’s stimulatory effect on metabolism when food is ingested.  Of the three macronutrients, protein carries the highest thermic effect.  More about this here.

2. The fiber content of the food ingested.  Due to its chemical makeup, fiber is classified as a carbohydrate; however, it is unlike other carbohydrates in that it is a mostly indigestible nutrient.  Even though each gram of fiber contains four calories, these calories will remain undigested and will not be absorbed.  Therefore, if one were to consume 300 calories of red beans (a food in which nearly 1/3 of the caloric content is from fiber), approximately 100 of these calories would pass through the intestinal tract undigested.

3. The glycemic and insulin index of the food ingested.  The glycemic and insulin index are scaled numbers that refer to how quickly a particular carbohydrate source enters the bloodstream as sugar and how much insulin is needed to rid that sugar from the bloodstream, respectively.  Generally speaking, there is a positive relationship between the two; that is, the quicker sugar enters the bloodstream, the more insulin is needed to rid that sugar from the bloodstream.  When high levels of insulin are present within the blood, fat burning is brought to a screeching halt, which is anything but desirable for those whose goal is just that.  Get the our #1 trick for automatically lowering the glycemic and insulin index of the food you eat here.

4. The macronutrients present in the food ingested.  Although insulin’s primary function is to shuttle glucose (sugar) into skeletal muscle, it also carries many other nutrients to their respective storage sites; this includes fat.  Since carbohydrate ingestion stimulates a large insulin response and fat ingestion gives rise to blood lipid levels, the two, when consumed together in high levels (especially in the absence of protein), promote the greatest fat storage.

5. The timing of the meals ingested meals.  Ingesting a large amount of carbohydrates before bed spikes insulin, sabotages overnight fat burning, and increases fat storage during sleep.  On the contrary, consuming a great deal of calories early in the day does not bring about this problem; rather, these calories are likely to be used as energy to support daily activities.

As you can see, someone could be eating a relatively small amount of calories daily, but at the same time promoting a great deal of fat storage by:

1) making poor food choices
2) eating carbs and fat together in large amounts without protein, and
3) consuming meals at inopportune times

To illustrate this further, let’s take a look at a recent study conducted by Demling et al which analyzed the diets of 38 police officers.  Demling found that although the officers were consuming a hypocaloric diet (fewer calories than they burn), they all had unhealthy levels of body fat and had been gaining fat mass over the past five years.  If all you had to do to lose fat was consume fewer calories than you burn, then these individuals would be losing fat, not gaining it!  And to confirm the importance of the factors that I previously mentioned, let’s take a look at some of the other things that Demling noted:

•  Only 15% of their diet consisted of protein, the macronutrient with the greatest TEF.
•  Their diet contained very little fiber.
•  Over 50% of their carbohydrate intake was derived from simple sugars, which have very high glycemic and insulin indices.
•  The majority of the meals were high in fat and carbs with little protein
•  Over 50% of their calories was consumed right before bed

By now, it should be obvious that fat loss isn’t just a matter of calories in, calories out.


Protein intolerance affects people worldwide and can be present from birth. While protein is an essential nutrient for the human body, too much of the wrong kind can lead a child or adult of otherwise normal health to develop a protein intolerance, causing several digestive and overall health issues. While cow’s milk, soy products and gluten are the most common culprits, the body can have a difficult time digesting any type of protein.

Lysinuric protein intolerance

There’s no cure for lysinuric protein intolerance, so people who have this disorder will need to restrict their protein intake permanently. According to Gianfranco Sebastio, M.D., from the Department of Pediatrics at Federico II University and colleague, people with protein intolerance might need to take citrulline and nitrogen-scavenging drugs on a regular basis. These drugs will clear the body of any nitrogen waste caused by the digestion of protein. People who are able to digest protein can filter and eliminate that waste on their own, but people with lysinuric protein intolerance can’t. This can lead to serious problems, such as seizures, cerebral edema and coma.

The Surprising Reason You May Be Aging Prematurely: Improper Protein Digestion

Malabsorption Syndrome: Famine for the Body – Feast of Illnesses

~ by Jo Jordan

Symptoms of Enzyme Deficiencies

Although you may be eating healthy foods and exercising, other factors can overrun your body's ability to produce a high enough enzyme level to maintain good health. Some of these factors include environmental stressors, such as air or electromagnetic pollution; emotional stress, such as job loss, loss of a loved one, or a chronic relationship conflict; lack of raw foods in the diet; other lifestyle stress, such as frequent business travel, lack of sleep, or job and family demands. All of these conditions either inhibit the body's ability to produce enzymes, or put the body into stress because normal levels of enzymes are being used up and not sufficiently replaced.
Here are some indicators to look for that may point to a enzyme deficiency.

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