Mar 16 2010

Basic Nutritional Understanding

Published by at 6:03 pm under Health, Nutrition and Weight Management

First of all, let?s verify some facts about our health status today.  If we look at the food we are eating today, they are delicious, nutritious and in abundance.  There is no doubt that in this century, we have more nutrition experts then any other centuries combined.  Technology to produce food wholesome and fast has never been more advanced.  But it seems that we are still falling sick and diseases not known in the past centuries are beginning to be ?invented?, one strain at a time, mutating and resisting.  How is this so?  Medical science is so advanced, we have genomics, Raman Spectroscopy, MRIs and etc, yet people are dropping like flies, every day.  So let us just all examine food from the very basic:


When we swallow food, whether it is the Italian Pasta, American Steak, Chinese Fried Rice or the Indian Rojak, our digestive tract divides them into two types of Nutrients:


1                    Macro-Nutrients ? Carbohydrate, Proteins & Fats


Carbohydrates are mainly found in starchy food like rice, noodles, breads and vegetables like corn, turnips and etc.  Carbohydrate is an energy supplier and is usually the main source of glucose in our blood stream.  Proteins contribute to our bodily structures like hair, nails and muscles, so ladies, your solution to beautiful nails is first protein followed by manicure. Fats of course is also a main source of energy, so good that explorers to the north and south pole often swallow blocks of butter just to keep moving and to stay alive; But people, only if you are in the north and south pole, butter will clog up your cardiovascular system if taken in big amounts in sedentary lifestyle.  Fats have also the incredible ability to dissolve vitamins A, D, E & K and transport them into your blood stream.  And oh yes, fats make your food tasty!  Try this at the local food joint next, tell the fried noodle guy, “Uncle, Char Kway Tiau, no oil please”, he will probably stare at you dumbfounded.


2                    Micro-Nutrients ? Vitamins, Minerals & Antioxidants


I cannot name the list of micro-nutrients and describe them in this page, it takes a whole book to do that, what I can simply say is this; Micro-nutrients are essentials to our lives, without them, our heart will stop beating, our metabolism to stop functioning and we will be riddled with abnormal cell growths in our body.  In short, they contribute to our immune system.


To put a nice picture in your head, Macro-Nutrients are like petrol in a car and Micro-Nutrients like the spark plug.  The car does not function with either missing.  So make a guess what we are eating in abundance and what we are not eating enough?  Bingo, its Micro-Nutrients we are eating too little of.   Want some prove?  Take a look at any picture pictures of a grain and ask yourselves, which part of the grain are we eating most? 

A grain consist of  three parts: 

Bran consist of Fiber, Vit B, Zinc, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium

Germ consist of Vit B, Vit E, Polyunsaturated Fats, Trace minerals, Phytochemicals

Endosperm consist of Carbohydrate & Protein


The insoluble fiber scrubs the inner wall of our intestines and lowers cholesterol, the soluble fiber help with bowel movement, the carbohydrate and fats nourishes us, the vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals keeps our body running.  Just look at the grain, everything is portioned for us by god.  We humans feel that bran tastes bad, so we remove it.  The Germ has fats that turns the grain rancid, we remove it to extent shelve life.  What do we eat, the Endosperm, but before we do that, we polish and bleach it, then we make pasta, breads, cakes, biscuits, noodles and to further enhance our food, we add colours, preservatives and softeners.  It is SUICIDE!

Ladies and gentlemen, colorectal cancers, cardiovescular diseases, diabetes and other lifestyle related ailments are on the rise.  So to cut the story short, please, EAT WHOLE GRAIN!

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