nutrition

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There are a lot of people on the internet with nutrition advice, and most of it is bad. Why would you trust nutrition advice from me? I know the aesthetic design of this site is amazing, but that's still not a good enough reason.

I suppose someone could have read my chemistry posts and been impressed by them. That would be a legitimate reason. So, you should go read my post on molecular toxicology, and come back here if you understood it.

If you have not read and understood my chemistry posts, the correct thing for you to do would be to ignore my advice, ignore nutrition advice in mainstream media, and try to eat traditional meals that were prepared 400+ years ago.


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1) Avoid trans fats.

People were once commonly told that margarine is healthier than butter, but no, hydrogenated vegetable oil is bad. Trans fats are very bad. Don't eat anything containing hydrogenated vegetable oil.

(Don't drink things with brominated vegetable oil either, but that's a separate issue.)


2) Eat some starch, some protein, and some fats.

Like many people, I was taught by teachers and media that a low fat diet is healthy, but no, that's bad. People who avoid fats are less healthy. Have some fats. You could consider using a mix of olive oil and red palm oil.

Humans obviously need some protein, but eating mostly protein is also bad, because of things like high nitrogen levels.

So, while the exact amounts don't matter, you should try to eat some starch, some protein, and some fats.


3) Eat your vegetables.

Photosynthesis generates a lot of free radicals. Leaves have stuff to prevent damage from those. If you eat the leaves of certain plants, you can absorb their power!

So, eat some lettuce or gai lan or something every day. Bitter melon works too.


4) Don't spike your blood sugar.

High blood sugar is bad. High fructose levels are somewhat worse than high glucose levels. So, don't eat a piece of cake while drinking a liter of soda sweetened with high fructose corn syrup.


5) Don't drink much soda.

Drinks would not be carbonated if it wasn't somehow important. Normally people stop eating sugary things instead of having too much sugar at once. Carbonation interferes with that, and some soda flavors may have a similar effect. This may happen because prehistorical humans needed to eat fermenting fruits before they became inedible, but really the reason doesn't matter.

So, don't drink much soda. If you do drink some, prefer types with sugar to types with HFCS. The prevalence of carbonated sugary drinks is one of the main reasons why Americans are fat.


6) Don't worry about aluminum or MSG.

Lead is bad because it catalyzes bad reactions in cells. Aluminum lacks the higher orbitals necessary for that, and there's a bunch of aluminum in dirt anyway.

MSG is a sodium salt of an amino acid. Amino acids are obviously fine, and sodium salts don't matter.

This much should be obvious if you understood my chemistry posts, but I think these make good examples of the current state of nutritional understanding.


7) Have a medium amount of salt.

Like many people, I was taught by teachers and media that a very low sodium diet is healthy, but no, that's bad. You should have a medium amount of sodium. If you want some salt, have some salt. If you don't want some salt, then don't have more salty food. I understand that this concept may seem radical, but I guess you'll just have to trust me here.


8) Respect traditional meals.

It's generally better to eat meals that were commonly prepared 400+ years ago than more modern meals.

 




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