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Bernardo de La Paz

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26. Been doing for 30 yrs. I think I know how it works with Obesity & article obliquely confirms
Tue Jun 11, 2019, 06:11 PM
Jun 2019

I'm pretty sure that the key is that the body is getting a lack of nutrients in highly processed food or (as article indicates & new angle to me) that any nutrients are poorly absorbed. Probably some of both.

So then the body signals to the brain "We need more food" to get the missing nutrients so we eat more food than strictly necessary and we gain weight.

By avoiding processed foods, we break that cycle in multiple ways.

1) There are more nutrients and cooperating nutrients left in the food. Not taken out and then a very limited number put back in without co-nutrients (my terminology). We know that certain minerals like zinc and selenium in small or trace amounts promote absorption of some other nutrients. There are many complex interactions. Raw & natural sourcing preserves those interactions.

2) Less disruptive to the gut biome. We know that over consumption of some food-like substances disrupts the gut. These are added to processed foods to promote sales.

3) Processed foods are often said to have "great taste" by the lumpenproletariat by which I mean the average consumer who as a group are not very skilled or experienced in varieties or paying careful attention to taste.

This "great taste" and mouth appeal (crunchiness for example) are like blunt instruments: they clobber the taste buds to send a jolt to the brain, but there is no nuance or complexity. It's like hearing two minutes of Rancid versus two minutes of Mozart.

So, avoiding processed foods includes training the mind to resense and reperceive the multitude of complexities of taste available. Rancid may provide a thrill, but Mozart is deeper and more beneficial even if it might take a little getting used to.

4) Processed foods encourage snacking. Real foods require user-preparation so they take time to prepare and thus meals are more like meals.

You think!!!! Wellstone ruled Jun 2019 #1
then you must know about the book, "Food, inc"... Javaman Jun 2019 #2
It is a tough one to get your head around Wellstone ruled Jun 2019 #5
I have thought this for a long time. Ohiogal Jun 2019 #3
For many years I have thought all these happybird Jun 2019 #8
I started the Keto diet about 2 months ago, and one thing I noticed after about a week or two is smirkymonkey Jun 2019 #28
Which is why I do not buy that JUNK FOOD shit. ProudMNDemocrat Jun 2019 #4
I recently got back from Europe. OliverQ Jun 2019 #6
Living in Europe all these years has probably saved my life. DFW Jun 2019 #7
We've been to Europe several times and I agree with you. kimbutgar Jun 2019 #21
Interesting customerserviceguy Jun 2019 #32
Just say no to GMO-glyphosate-processed chemical crud, Inc. (R) Achilleaze Jun 2019 #9
High Fructose Corn Syrup would be banned if our government cared even a little about our health Calculating Jun 2019 #10
I worked in Quality Control for a major Pharmaceutical company for over 35 years patphil Jun 2019 #20
If I see high frutctose corn syrup on the label I will not buy that food. kimbutgar Jun 2019 #23
We can thank the Iowa caucuses for that. customerserviceguy Jun 2019 #33
Duh - KT2000 Jun 2019 #11
I was in Ireland last summer and dropped about 7 pounds. LisaM Jun 2019 #12
I was in Ireland last Sept.. The food was great!! mitch96 Jun 2019 #14
I can't eat fish or seafood, but my SO ate fish and chips 8 times! LisaM Jun 2019 #25
"my SO ate fish and chips 8 times!" mitch96 Jun 2019 #29
Try Savannah. LisaM Jun 2019 #36
Saw a scientist on tv (60 Minutes or something). He had worked in the chips industry. Honeycombe8 Jun 2019 #13
"I think salt and sugar have a quality that makes you want more" mitch96 Jun 2019 #15
Yes! I used to buy nonfat flavored Yogurt. Honeycombe8 Jun 2019 #38
My doctor talks about processed foods, meats in particular, Mr.Bill Jun 2019 #16
A lot of it is, to me. Honeycombe8 Jun 2019 #39
Here's the problem. Organic, pesticide free whole foods cost more. Way more. YOHABLO Jun 2019 #17
"Organic, pesticide free whole foods cost more" mitch96 Jun 2019 #30
Have you not heard of Glyphosate? It's in all of our food staples. YOHABLO Jun 2019 #31
Glyphosate is in all our food, but it's usually in smaller amts in organic food womanofthehills Jun 2019 #34
"Glyphosate?" mitch96 Jun 2019 #37
I don't put much stock in "organic." Honeycombe8 Jun 2019 #40
What ever you can do to increase your health is a benefit.. mitch96 Jun 2019 #41
I read that book, The Blue Zones. Honeycombe8 Jun 2019 #42
The Blue Zones., yup that's the book.. mitch96 Jun 2019 #43
Good on you! Honeycombe8 Jun 2019 #44
"get flack for not eating beef." mitch96 Jun 2019 #45
Everyone should read this malaise Jun 2019 #18
From the BMJOpen article (original study) erronis Jun 2019 #19
Maybe a mental health problem also... rwsanders Jun 2019 #22
there is a strong link between the gut and the brain. mopinko Jun 2019 #24
Been doing for 30 yrs. I think I know how it works with Obesity & article obliquely confirms Bernardo de La Paz Jun 2019 #26
Can you say duh? Doreen Jun 2019 #27
I remember in University studying Agriculture(which is a STEM program dammit!) GulfCoast66 Jun 2019 #35
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