Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Green Salad Is Less than 100 Calories per Pound

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Did you notice that 100 calories of broccoli is about ten ounces of food, and     100 calories of ground sirloin is less than one ounce of food? With green vegetables you can get filled up, even stuffed, yet you will not be consuming excess calories. Animal products, on the other hand, are calorie-dense and relatively low in nutrients, espe­ cially the crucial anti-cancer nutrients. What would happen if you attempted to eat like a mountain go­ rilla, which eats about 80 percent of its diet from green leaves and about       15 percent from fruit? Assuming you are a female, who needs about 1,500 calories a day,  if you  attempted to get 1,200 of those calories from greens, you would need to eat over fifteen pounds of greens. That is quite a big salad! Since your stomach can only hold about one liter of food (or a little over a quart), you would have a problem fitting it all in.
You would surely get lots of protein from this gorilla diet. In fact, with just five pounds of greens you would exceed the RDA for pro­ tein and would get loads of other important nutrients. The problem with this gorilla diet is that you would develop a calorie deficiency. You would become too thin. Believe it or not, I do not expect you to eat exactly like a gorilla. However, the message to take home is that the more of these healthy green vegetables (both raw and cooked) you eat, the healthier you will be and the thinner you will become. Now let's contrast this silly and extreme gorilla example to an­ other silly and extreme way of eating, the American diet.    If you attempt to follow the perverted diet that most Americans eat, or even if you follow the precise recommendations of the USDA's pyramid — six  to  eleven  servings  of bread,  rice,  and  pasta (con­
sumed as 98 percent refined grains by Americans) with four to six servings of dairy,  meat,  poultry,  or fish — you  would be  eating a diet  rich  in  calories but extremely  low in nutrients,  antioxidants, phytochemicals, and vitamins. You would be overfed and malnour­ ished,  the precise nutritional  profile that causes  heart disease and cancer.
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