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You said you ate more fruits and vegetables than starchy foods. And I wondered if that meant servings or calories, though perhaps I didn't make that clear enough.

>What about fruits and vegetables? I eat more of those than the staples
>you listed above.

If it is servings, that's not such a big deal. It's easy to eat snacks of fruit or have a salad for lunch. If it really is calories, that's a very unusual diet for the developed world. There is quite a bit of speculation about the health effects of our recent switch to a diet based on concentrated starch, but there is one effect that most people don't think about. The time and effort needed to eat meals of the concentrated calorie foods we have come to rely on vs. those much less dense foods like fruits and vegetables. There is some variation, of course. Some vegetables are pretty calorie dense, and we call them "starchy vegetables" because of that. But since potatoes were included in comptogf's original post, I figured you meant the non-starchy vegetables we call "fresh produce". And that's why I wondered if you might be on a very unusual diet. Getting enough calories takes more time on non-starchy foods. Look at how long chimpanzees spend eating each day. So you would have to be eating a larger number of smaller meals than the usual "3 squares a day" that people in our highly structured modern life tend to eat.

As I said, many people now go even further, eating almost nothing but starch -- and pure sugar. But we are now quite certain that is not a healthy diet.



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Like ancient Rome, we today are once more importing every form of exotic superstition in the hope of finding the right remedy for our sickness.
-- C. G. Jung
Richard Wilhelm: In Memoriam (1930), CW 15: pg. 60

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We are what we eat? 249 comptogf 08-Jan-12 20:26
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Re: We are what we eat? 141 carolb 10-Jan-12 20:46
Re: We are what we eat? 119 Randy 10-Jan-12 21:19
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Re: We are what we eat? 94 comptogf 10-Jan-12 19:54
Re: We are what we eat? 152 Aine 10-Jan-12 20:25
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Re: We are what we eat? 143 carolb 11-Jan-12 05:14
Re: We are what we eat? 111 Nolondil 11-Jan-12 23:35
Re: We are what we eat? 106 comptogf 12-Jan-12 06:06
Re: We are what we eat? 158 Aine 11-Jan-12 14:09
Re: We are what we eat? 117 Nolondil 11-Jan-12 23:42
Re: We are what we eat? 113 Aine 12-Jan-12 15:24
Re: We are what we eat? 73 year old would agree 158 debraregypt 10-Jan-12 22:57
Re: We are what we eat? 73 year old would agree 125 Aine 11-Jan-12 14:12
Re: We are what we eat? 73 year old would agree 152 NetWorkAngel 11-Jan-12 23:02
Re: We are what we eat? 73 year old would agree 162 carolb 11-Jan-12 23:29
Re: We are what we eat? 73 year old would agree 133 NetWorkAngel 12-Jan-12 00:10
Re: We really are what we eat! 103 Nolondil 11-Jan-12 04:03
Re: We really are what we eat! 124 comptogf 23-Jan-12 19:55
Re: We really are what we eat! 131 Nolondil 27-Jan-12 03:06
Re: We really are what we eat! 163 comptogf 31-Jan-12 20:16
Re: We really are what we eat! 125 Nolondil 02-Feb-12 00:02
ancient hybridizing and cultivation 133 drrayeye 12-Jan-12 11:38
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 142 comptogf 13-Jan-12 18:16
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 109 drrayeye 13-Jan-12 22:49
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 136 comptogf 14-Jan-12 11:19
Climate change and the advent of agriculture worldwide 150 drrayeye 15-Jan-12 19:49
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 151 Aine 14-Jan-12 19:56
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 109 Nolondil 16-Jan-12 02:51
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 136 comptogf 16-Jan-12 05:33
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 124 drrayeye 17-Jan-12 00:33
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 146 Nolondil 18-Jan-12 00:10
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 142 Aine 19-Jan-12 14:54
Re: We are what we eat? 127 LonelyAngel 01-Feb-12 12:58


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