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08: 37 AM
Re: Aspirin  

I have been diagnosed as being sensitive to asprin and salicylate but when I stay on a free- salicylate diet I seem not to be producing enough bile. Could someone give me an explanation for that please.

Dear Moelwen,
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8:48 PM

Re: Carbohydrates  

Hi, in the Homo Optimus diet, vegetables and fruit doesn't seem to be important. How about the vitamins in these fruits and vegetables? Why don't we need them?


Stan Popis

4:00 PM


Re: Re Carbohydrates  
Carbohydrates are chemical compounds containing one part carbon and two parts water. A single gram of hydrogen produces 34.3 kcal when burnt, 1 gram of carbon 7.87 kcal and 1 gram of carbohydrates (glucose) 3.73 kcal. The low energy value of carbohydrates is obvious.

If a person doesn't eat carbohydrates at all, he can still create the necessary amount of them from glycerol and protein. However, to avoid forcing your body to do that, it is best to supply it with a slight quantity of carbohydrates in food.

What can we use to supply those carbohydrates? Vegetable and fruit products can be a supply source, as can other products containing carbohydrates. The choice of which is up to the individual optimal eater. What does matter, however, is the daily ration of carbohydrates that should not be exceeded. The best amount of carbohydrates for an adult is 0.8 grams per kilogram of ideal body weight, which works out to around 50 grams daily. If those are going to be compound carbohydrates, that is starch, the maximum allowable is 100 grams per day. Consumption of more than 150 grams per day is dangerous to an eater's health.
It should be remembered that carbohydrates make up only a certain percentage of the content of "carbohydrate foods." For example, bread is about 53% carbohydrates and potatoes 15%. That is why to have the recommended 50 grams of carbohydrates daily, just over 3 ounces of bread or 11 ounces of potatoes can be eaten, providing no other carbohydrate products are eaten on the same day.
Carbohydrates, just like proteins and fats, come in forms that are either better or worse nutritionally. Non-sweet vegetables are better than refined sugar, sweet fruits and honey. Carbohydrates from starch are absorbed more slowly in the digestive tract so they do not cause sudden, and therefore harmful, blood sugar fluctuations. Their calorific value is also a little higher: when burnt by the human organism, one gram of starch provides 4.12 kcal, one gram of beet sugar 3.91 kcal and one gram of fruit sugar (fructose) 3.73 kcal.
The body of someone who eats a lot of carbohydrates must reprocess 50-90% of them into fats. Why force your body to convert them into fat? That process requires the use of a lot of protein, vitamins, mineral salts and energy as well as construction of whole sets of essential enzymes. That is why it is quite wiser and better to consume "ready-made" fats. Carbohydrates cannot be made from fats, but fats quickly arise from carbohydrates.

(from "Optimal Nutrition" book by Dr. Jan Kwasniewski)



Mike Grosso

6.55 PM

Re: Type of Carbohydrates


I would like to know what are the best types of carbohydrate foods Dr. Kwasiewski recomends. All carb foods seem to have pros and cons- such as grains, grain products, potatoes etc.




Stan Popis

10.30 AM

Re: Re: Type of Carbohydrates

It is important to point out that, for most people, the only foods that are never allowed on OD are those containing white flour and/or sugar (including honey). Although grains and breads are on the "Restricted" list, people who are on a weight-maintenance diet, non-obese diabetics, or those who can tolerate a few additional carbs and still lose weight, may eat a limited amount of grain products. The same applies to fruits. Most fruits are restricted, but some fruit is allowed as long as it does not produce weight gains.
The number of grams of carbohydrates allowed per day varies greatly with the individual. Some people need to keep their carb count to 20 grams or less per day to lose weight. Others may successfully lose weight on 50 or 60 grams per day. But remember, just because you are allowed to eat 20 grams (or 50, or 60) of carbs per day doesn't mean that you can eat those in the form of sugar or starch. Make sure every gram of carbohydrate you eat is the healthier complex carbohydrates found in vegetables or whole grains. And be especially careful that your carbohydrates come from foods that have a low glycemic index:

Low-starch vegetables
- Broccoli
- Asparagus
- Spinach
- Mustard Greens
- Salad Vegetables
- Cauliflower
- Green Beans
- Brussels Sprouts
- Celery
- Turnips

Some fruits (in limited quantities; listed in order of preference)
- Cherries (not maraschino)
- Avocado
- Olives
- Strawberries
- Cranberries
- Raspberries




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