What if it isn’t the nutrients in foods per-say that are beneficial. What if it is actually the defense systems in foods that actually help make whole foods healthy.
Honestly, a study came out recently that news is somewhat excited about because it proves what we already knew: processed foods are bad for health. Science, taking common sense and proving it with millions of dollars. Sometimes, the fact that these studies need to be done and published for us to acknowledge our own wisdom is baffling.
Anyway, one thing that I have heard and read being brought up was the people ate the processed food faster and talking about how that can lead to a disconnect between how many calories one has eaten and then whether you’re actually full.
I’ve also been hearing bits-and-pieces about a book that promotes a diet which avoids some sort of set of chemicals in food which plants use for some sort of self-defense or prevent digestion. In a way, it’s a toxin-a poison.
Let’s just assume that most plants have this sort of self-defense mechanism, which is why we have to process them in some way: cook, soak, sprout, roast, whatever. Those techniques make the food more palatable and digestible, partially, through removing these toxins.
What if those toxins are somehow, important to processing and producing the nutrients we are looking for in the food we eat? Say, maybe these toxins are byproducts or necessary for the plants to create/produce the nutrients.
Then, what if it is those toxins that the body uses a sort of proxy for how much food is necessary for specific nutrients or mixes or, at the very least, as the marker for “stop eating this now, you are nearing dangerous amounts of these toxins.” This could account for the different hunger/satiation chemicals noted in the study earlier.
Something along these lines would then seem to point towards processed food being problematic not because someone can eat them faster but, because, being processed even further, a lot of these toxins are removed/destroyed basically making the digestive system incapable of measuring how much food is being eaten, potentially not able to gather or process the various chemicals in the food those we want and those we don’t.
Essentially, how about we assume that food is more complicated than, “well, they ate faster.” Which is what a lot of people are going to focus on I am sure.