Macro-Nutrients in our Diet

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  1. nivek

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    Seems every decade there is a new fad with macro-nutrients in the diets of Americans, years ago there was this thing about eating too much fat, I also remember hearing years ago about how we eat too much protein and not enough carbohydrates, currently it seems to be a big push to eat more protein...

    I personally eat in accord with my blood type which I also notice falls in line with foods I naturally tend to avoid...My blood type being A- I eat more grains and vegetables, less meat based protein, higher carbohydrate diet...Some food like bananas and oranges I liked though and ate, but pad for it later because I would get terrible indigestion after eating those fruits, only to find out they are not compatible with my blood chemistry, at least that's what the book I have on blood types and food says...I stop eating foods that were on the short list of foods to avoid, or simple ate less of them and my body is thanking me for it...I'm also not a big dairy person, I don't eat much cheese and never drink cow's milk, but only because it doesn't agree with my diet, not that those foods are bad in any way...

    Other blood types are better off with more dairy in their diets or more red meat than my blood type, it isn't about what foods are bad or good, its about your own chemistry and what foods are best for your body...I dislike vegans going after people who eat meat, or high protein dieters going after people who eat more carbs...We must maintain they availability of a wide variety of foods, everyone cannot simply eat the same type foods and be healthy, if a population with a variety of blood types had access to a very limited variety of foods I think we would see a small percentage of that population healthy whilst the rest of the population would have various health issues...

    Here's a good read on the fads of macro-nutrients that Americans have gone through:

    The American diet is having an unhealthy love affair with protein


    It’s dizzying. You’d think the protein craze is a concerted push to solve a culture-wide protein deficiency problem—only there isn’t one. Most Americans eat double what the average person needs (the recommended amount is 0.36 grams per pound of body weight). Since at least the 1980s, Americans have gotten more than 15% of their daily calories (pdf) from protein, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health experts have suggested that, for the average person, that proportion should be closer to 10%.

    This obsession with protein is not only unnecessary. It’s unhealthy, because it sets consumers and citizens up for confusion. Instead of focusing on what’s actually important—portion control and total calorie intake—people are led to believe they need to understand how to balance complex nutritional compounds.

    There are three macronutrients in our diet—fat, carbohydrates, and protein—and in the last several decades, each one has experienced fad-like status and a fall from grace in the face of evolving nutrition science. Behind each downfall is the same knowledge gap: Humans don’t really understand macronutrients all that well, not when they are isolated from real food and studied on their own.

    (more on the link)

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