Live session #2 What should we want to optimize health? We don’t know because food is extremely diverse, and the body is a complex machine. You cannot come up with a simple solution. Office of science and society McGill: no conflict of interest, they do not accept any money and their only allegiance is the scientific method. Very difficult to police the internet. “The food babe” = if you can’t pronounce it you should not be eating it! For example: Beta-fructofuranosyl-alpha-D-glucopyranoside = sugar. Chemicals can have complex names but do not mean they are toxic. Task: - Demystify science - Keep people up to date on scientific progress - Foster critical thinking - Separate sense from nonsense - Keep people out of the clutches of charlatans Absurdities o Aerobic oxygen: dilute solution of potassium chlorate and can release oxygen. False and you cannot even breathe oxygen from your stomach. They feel oxygenated but the placebo has kicked in. They are saying that the oxygen content is decreasing= False. o Antioxidant = “neutralize oxygen” o Dehydrated water o Apple cider vinegar will no clean out your arteries. o Human should not drink milk = scientific nonsense. Impossible and beyond meat burger o Sodium content is higher than beef burger. o There is an advantage environmentally. o The meat is like a “middleman”, they eat the plants and we eat the meat when we could just eat the plant directly. o Also, the carbon dioxide footprint of plant product is smaller than meat. o However, there is no significant nutritional difference. 24
William Davis: the meat is not the problem but rather the bun around that contains gluten and is bad for us. Bacon no scientific proof that it can decrease cancer risk An apple is made of over 300 compounds. Ex: acetone, formaldehyde, rubbing alcohol. The amounts are too small, and they could not give any effect. Only the dose makes the poison. The plant (flaxseed) compound that can prevent cancer and save lives = overstatement. They distort what the scientific papers state. “fit for life”: book. The greatest threat to your health is processed food. False. Adding vitamin, iron etc. The presence of a chemical does not mean that the food is toxic. We can detect particles up to the parts per trillion. Genetically modified food that can resist glyphosate (toxic substance) which is an herbicide that kills the weeds but not the plants. In high doses it can be problematic but in the human urine it appears as 1/1300 th of the ADI (acceptable daily intake) In group 2A, hot beverages, baked goods that can be probable carcinogen. In group 1 : bacon, alcohol is a carcinogen. All of these are all based on the dosage. Topic 3 : Micronutrients- Vitamins Lesson #1 : Minerals I Video 1 Soluble minerals dissolved in the ocean. 3.5% of minerals/salt dissolved in the oceans of the world.
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