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What is the best diet for a recovering heart attack patient?

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 Posted 9/27/2013 9:16:09 AM
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That's sort of selective evidence to fit the outdated lipid infiltration hypothesis.  The Okinawans eat a lot of pig fat.  And the South Pacific Islanders eat a lot of saturated fat.  The Cretians eat a lot of dairy.  But none of these groups are eating their traditional diets anymore except maybe ancient old-timers; its been on the way out for decades as Anglo-Saxon-style convenience food has creeped in.

The healthiest thing long-term is to avoid all the plant foods with toxins and anti-nutrients that aren't properly soaked, sprouted and fermented to be rendered safe to eat (that no one has the time or money to do anymore): grains, legumes, seeds and nuts.  There's plenty of other vegetables to eat instead.
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The healthiest thing long-term is to avoid all the plant foods with toxins and anti-nutrients that aren't properly soaked, sprouted and fermented to be rendered safe to eat (that no one has the time or money to do anymore): grains, legumes, seeds and nuts. There's plenty of other vegetables to eat instead.

That's paleo hogwash. There's not a bit of scientific evidence that those so-called anti-nutrients do any harm at all when they appear within the context of a nutrient-dense diet - quite to the contrary. Have you ever heard of the overmineralization theory of aging? Take phytic acid for example, it chelates iron and calcium from the blood - both minerals have been shown to contribute to age related desease and both are overabundant in a diet containig milk and meat products. Many men even take IP-6 supplements in order to get their ferritin levels down. And what about beans? Soaking leaches out some of their soluble fiber, which makes them more digestible if you have a poor gut flora - again, many people take fiber supplements to improve their gut flora!

Really, I'm sick and tired of all this popular paleo myths!
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Its not hogwash; you're just not informed of the latest vanguard science regarding the gut microbiome, intestinal barrier integrity or a dearth of incontrovertible positive evidence for much of the current conventional "wisdom" of past few decades (eating insoluble fiber, lowering cholesterol, etc.).  There's a old saying in naturopathy that "all disease begins in the colon" -- they are so much closer to the mark than anyone ever realized.

One thing LEF and its members ought to do is as be as critical of studies supporting the official dogma as with the horribly sloppy studies the mainstream media likes to use in attacking supplements.  The endemic corruption, cronyism and flimsiness in academia swings both ways.  Pretending it isn't so on your side of the aisle doesn't change reality.

P.S.  I'm not Paleo; I have no time for ideaology.  I prefer scrutinized scientific evidence, even if it ruffles a lot of feathers.
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It is the Paleo diet of red meat which caused the huge increase in brain size from that of Homo Erectus, after they began to control fire, to Homo Sapiens.  See the Handbook of Human Symbolic Evolution.
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Actually, disease  begins at the plate.

Our food supply has come so far from its natural origin that in many cases it does more harm than good. 

The Aztecs, Mayans, Egyptian, Asians, Romans and many other cultures all consumed grains at high abundance in their daily diets. Ninja warriors we're noted to consume fish and rice before a battle, to give them great strength and health. Romans warriors consumed large quantities of barley and were known as barley men for their strength and endurance on the battlefield. The whole grains were noted to provide them with sustained, even, glucose release for a sharp mind, and carbohydrates for muscles and energy.

These cultures consumed a variety of fresh foods. What one component of the diet may have taken away or excreted from the body another component of their diet provided.  Today, we live by what food manufacturers, and fast food restaurants tell us and give us.

Go down the cereal aisle in the grocery store - it's all garbage. fortified with iron and other elements that you shouldn't be taking. White rice, such an anti food that the government will not allow food manufacturers to sell it unless its fortified with synthetic vitamins.

Every diet huckster wants a piece of your wallet with a new scheme or concept.  It's irrelevant now what humans used to be. A funny thing about evolution, it doesn't cling solely on the past, but builds upon it.  The fact now is humans are omnivores capable of sustaining life on real, whole foods.

Eating closer to the ground is what I call it. How many steps away from its natural origin is that food you're about to eat -- i.e. potato chips versus a vitamin A packed yam?  It should be only 1 to 2 steps. Harvested an eaten, or harvested and cooked. That goes for animal products and flesh foods too.

-Tom

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Protein is extremely important and you need adequate, high-quality, quantities of it. That's why it's called a macro nutrient. Amino acids are vital for biological processes, and under stress we utilize them more. 

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