Sunday, October 30, 2011

Optimal Nutrition: Beyond Fruits & Vegetables

"If you don't eat me RIGHT NOW, I will CUT --"

Here's another comment I posted on GOOD's website, this time on the topic of fruits & vegetables. 

In American culture, eating fruits & veggies is synonymous with a healthful diet. Any time you ask a doctor in the 'Western' world how you can improve your diet, the first point she'll make is "Eat more fruits & veggies" (not, tellingly, reduce your sugar consumption and get rid of any food addictions). This reality speaks to the fact that modern doctors get shockingly little training in nutrition and dietetics. 

How convenient, dare I say, for the medical industry, which prefers to treat disease symptoms as opposed to the disease, and host, themselves (1). (As an aside, modern medicine disappoints in many other areas.) So, "Disease management" puts lots more money into the pockets of pharmaceutical companies than preventative medicine ever could.

In this polemic comment, I challenge the long-held notion that food from plants is more nutritious than food from animals. It takes a liver (and a few oysters, perhaps) to show, conclusively, that the conventional wisdom (CW) has failed us again.

Dear GOOD!

Thank you for promoting the lovely whole food groups, Fruit, and Vegetable.

I'd like to see more coverage of nutritious animal foods as well. For example, beef liver is arguably the most nutritious food on Earth, with very high amounts of choline, B complex, iron, copper, and a host of other nutrients. Another great example is oysters (farmed), the world's highest food source of zinc.

Check out the chart in this link for more on a comparison of nourishment between animal and plant foods.


Briefly, animal liver is likely the Earth's best multivitamin. In fact, it blows all multivitamins out of the water. Many intelligent experts have asserted that liver is the most nutritious food in the world (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).

Thanks for your solid work! I hope you consider the points above in your future coverage.

Nutrition by Tradition.  

Livuh. Who knew?!

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