Why All Protein Diets Are So Dangerous
Why the all-protein diets are so dangerous. They are classic, textbook examples of “weight loss at any cost.” They will result in weight loss, but it is with no regard for the damage that may be done to a person’s health.
Weight loss is achieved by so severely restricting carbohydrates that it tricks the body into thinking it’s sick. Let me explain. If you look through the Merck Manual, which is an encyclopedia of the thousands of possible illnesses the human body can experience, you will notice that the one most common symptom of disease is the loss of appetite.
The more catastrophic the disease (cancer, AIDS, etc.), the more likely there will be no appetite for food. The reason for this is obvious. When the body is sick it needs all the energy it can muster to heal itself. Since digestion requires so much energy, the appetite is shut down so available energy can be used for healing, not digestion. When the body is fed lots of protein foods and simultaneously deprived of the carbohydrates it needs to carry out all the functions of life, two things happen. First, morning, noon and night the body is taxed and overworked by having to expend so much of its available energy converting the protein into the carbohydrates it needs.
Second, the body, which essentially feels threatened because it doesn’t have the fuel energy it needs to sustain itself, shuts down the appetite, as though it were sick, as it tries to conserve what energy it has.
Weight is lost, but overall health progressively and steadily deteriorates because the body is consistently deprived of the one most important food for fuel: carbohydrates. Even starches (pasta, bread, grains, etc.), which are at least already carbohydrates, unlike protein and fats, also have to go through a conversion process, because all starches are polysaccharides and can only be made available to the body (brain) in the form of glucose after they have been converted into monosaccharides. Again, an energy-intensive process.
Guess what one food in all the natural world is a monosaccharide without having to go through even the least bit of conversion to be so? Yes! That’s right, fruit! A+ for you.
The sugar in fruit, namely fructose (not porktose you notice), passes through the stomach and is absorbed through the walls of the intestines without undergoing any digestion. This leaves a great surplus of body energy available for living and all the activities that make living a joy. So not only does fruit not require any energy to be broken down, but it makes energy available faster and more efficiently than any other food in existence―an unbeatable combination. In the vast array and variety of foods in the human diet, fruit stands entirely alone in its uniqueness.
All foods―all―require time in the stomach for digestion. All except fruit. The more quickly and efficiently food leaves the stomach the better. Why? Ever notice how tired you are after a big meal? Think back to last Thanksgiving. Ever hear of the afternoon siesta? The reason you feel tired after eating is because food in the stomach is a number-one priority in the body. The more you eat and the longer it has to stay in the stomach, the more energy you have to use and the more tired you will be.
Here’s something you probably didn’t know: Digestion requires more energy than anything else you can do. All the energy your body will use to digest the approximately seventy tons of food you will eat in this lifetime is more than all the energy you will expend for everything else in your lifetime combined! You don’t have to have an IQ over 200 to figure out that anything you can do to optimize the efficiency of your digestive processes would be an extremely wise thing to do.
There are many ironies in this life we are all journeying through, and I can think of no other irony more bewildering than the one associated with the lack of high regard for the one food that most surely deserves it more than any other. Here is a line of reasoning that we may consider with profit: Whereas it follows that fruit, fulfilling the requirement for nutrients and energy more fully and perfectly than any other food, could reasonably be expected to comprise the bulk of our diet, does it not speak loudly to the abnormality of our Western diet that fruit is relegated to the last place on the menu as almost an afterthought, and is all too often used merely for ornamental purposes?
Here’s another irony associated with fruit. Most people have no idea whatsoever that there is a right way and a wrong way to eat fruit, so they not only lose all the benefits it can provide, but they actually eat it in such a way as to cause harm. And as I stated earlier, learning the correct way to eat fruit has been the most important dietary lesson I (and millions of others) have ever learned.
Now, it’s your turn. In order to reap the many benefits of fruit and change your life for the better in the process, there are two, let’s call them guidelines, to acknowledge and adhere to. First, all fruit and fruit juice must be consumed in their natural state―not cooked, heated, processed, refined, pasteurized, irradiated or altered in any way.
Second, because of fruit’s unique nature in that it does not require time in the stomach for digestion, it should be consumed alone and on an empty stomach.
It’s about supplying your living body with living food. The life of any living thing on the face of the Earth, plant or animal, entirely depends upon the condition of its enzymes. If enzymes are intact, life continues. If enzymes are killed, life ceases. Remember that the heat to cook food is far in excess of what it takes to completely kill enzymes. Eating fruit or drinking fruit juice that has been cooked or heated renders it not only valueless, but harmful.
You are perhaps familiar with the pH of your body, which refers to your body’s acid-alkaline balance. On a scale of 0 to 14, zero represents pure acid, 14 represents pure alkaline, and 7 is neutral. The bloodstream is approximately 7.35 to 7.45 pH. In other words, our blood is slightly alkaline, and our health depends upon it remaining so. The leeway is very small. Even merely dipping below the neutral point of 7 into the acid range can be fatal.
The standard American diet (SAD) is primarily acid-forming, which, you can be sure, is a major contributing factor to the poor health and overweight condition of the population. As though fulfilling the two most important prerequisites of a food, that of supplying nutrients and energy for the body, were not enough, the specialness of fruit is further validated here.
All fruit is alkaline and therefore neutralizes acid in the body. Whenever I mention that all fruit is alkaline, the first thing people say is, “What about oranges, grapefruits, pineapples and lemons? They’re all acid fruits.” True enough, but that is only their botanical classification. Once inside the body, all fruit is alkaline, unless it is subjected to heat, in which case it is acidic and contributes to the problems associated with a predominantly acid-producing diet. Once heated by any means, fruit and fruit juice go from being one of the primary tools in acquiring and maintaining a consistent level of good health to yet one more factor in the decline of well-being. This is nothing short of a tragedy, especially in light of the fact that, but for the lack of some simple education, this supreme gift of nature remains largely unknown and unutilized by most people. Nothing illustrates this troublesome situation more strikingly than the circumstances that surround one of Nature’s most perfect foods.
The truest, most reliable test of all to determine the worthiness of any given food is to test it on babies. If an infant will fare well and thrive on it at a time when its growth and development are more crucial than at any other time in its life, you have a winner. The food I am referring to here is orange juice. It has been known for at least three-quarters of a century that babies whose mothers were, for some reason, unable to breast-feed could be fed on orange juice and they would flourish.
I personally have known women who, for one reason or another, could not breast-feed at all, or who had no milk after a few days or a week. They fed their babies fresh-squeezed orange juice, and the children grew up strong and healthy without all the childhood afflictions that customarily plague children fed on formula, one of the most objectionable insults against life ever concocted (more on that later).
Other juices were ultimately given, such as apple, grape and melon, but orange juice was the primary food. The key is, of course, that the juice was fresh, not pasteurized. Pasteurization subjects food to a heat so high that nothing living could possibly survive. So instead of the juice being living, vital and health-promoting, it is made to be dead, acidic and harmful.
For as long as I can remember, orange juice has been the symbol of the perfect morning drink. Orange juice is as commonplace on a breakfast table as a knife and fork. I grew up as one of five boys in a household where there was virtually no consciousness of eating healthfully. My folks were born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, in the early part of the 1900s and lived through wars, the Depression and hard times. “Good” food was whatever food could be put on the table. My mom, bless her sweet heart, repeated by rote the standard admonitions of the day, such as “eat your vegetables” and “drink your milk.” But her one unwavering commitment to the health of her family was that everyone drink a big tumbler of orange juice every morning―“a glass of Florida sunshine,” she called it.
All of us knew how to make the orange juice in the morning, and the job generally fell onto whomever was the first one in the kitchen. It was easy: You took one of the little cans of frozen concentrate out of the freezer, put the contents into a pitcher, added water and presto! Orange juice for everyone. I know my mom took great pride in doing this good thing for her family every morning. The only thing was that my mom and millions of other moms were and are to this very day the victims of one of the most successful and long-running cashectomies. You remember what a cashectomy is, right? It is being convinced to buy something advertised as good for you and winding up with something actually bad for you.