PrimalBlueprintIntro

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What Is Going On Here? I N T R O D U C T I O N
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Conventional Wisdom vs. The Primal Blueprint In the Primal Blueprint (PB), we will challenge and reframe these major elements of Conventional Wisdom (CW). Consider these alternatives with an open mind; we will discuss each in detail throughout the text. CW: “Staff of Life” – foundation of healthy diet. 6-11 daily servings recommended by US Government and numerous other experts. Pro- vides main source of energy for working muscles. Choose whole grains for more nu- tritional value, and extra fiber. Grains – wheat, rice, corn, bread, cereal, pasta, etc. PB: “Worst mistake in the history of the human race” (UCLA evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond). Drives ex- cess insulin production, fat storage, and heart disease. Allergenic, im- mune-suppressing, nutritional value inferior to plants and animals. Whole grains possibly worse due to offensive pro-inflammatory, im- mune and digestive system disturbing agents – especially excessive fiber. CW: Limit intake. Heart disease risk factor. “Eating fat makes you fat.” Replace saturated fats (meat, lard, dairy) with PUFA’s (polyunsaturated fatty acids) like vegetable oils. Saturated Animal Fat PB: Little or no association with heart disease risk. (Framingham and Nurses Health studies). Should be major dietary calorie source (from animal foods). Drove human evolu- tion/advancement of brain function for two million years. Promotes efficient fat metabo- lism, weight control and stable energy levels. Major risk factor for heart disease is actually Metabolic Syndrome, driven by excess PUFA’s/insufficient Omega-3’s, high carbs/ex- cess insulin and overly stressful lifestyle. 2 | THE PRIMAL BLUEPRINT
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CW: Strictly limit intake. Elevated levels = elevated heart disease risk. Take statin drugs and elimi- nate animal foods (especially eggs) if total is 200 or over. Con- sider pre-emptive statin therapy if family history of heart disease. Cholesterol PB: Essential metabolic nu- trient, little or no relevance to heart disease risk (Framing- ham and Nurses Health Studies). Only dangerous when oxidation and inflammation occur (from poor diet and exercise habits). Statins can have disastrous side effects and minimal, if any, direct benefit. CW: Minimize consumption due to high cholesterol content. Choose just egg whites as high protein alternative. Eggs PB: Zero correlation with heart disease or cholesterol levels. Yolk extremely nutri- tious, whites minimally so. Enjoy in abundance. CW: Important dietary goal, derive mostly from grains. Im- proves gastrointestinal function, lowers cholesterol, speeds elimination, helps control weight by minimizing caloric intake. Fiber
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This note was uploaded on 03/08/2011 for the course MGF 3620 taught by Professor Branson during the Fall '07 term at FIU.

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