RE: Daily Nutrient Requirements
Posted Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 7:57 PM
Dr Neal Bernard (founder of PCRM) has been heard to say that if you eat a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet with lots of variety you do not have to count anything, and if you are overweight, you will lose, even if you are eating however much you wish, whenever you are hungry. Notice that he includes the term low-fat. You may be healthy, but you won't lose weight if you feast on avocados and cashews!
Don't be afraid of the "carbs" if you are eating whole grains.
Our obsession with the components of food can be foolhardy if you remember that many of the components you are counting were not know to exist at a point not so distant in the past. This should remind us that there are perhaps others which we have not discovered or do not understand yet. The precise function of vitamin K was not discovered until 1974. People were not counting it prior to that time.
But prior to 1974, and after, nature puts all that we need in real food (not processed). The best thing to do is to eat food, real food, mostly plants, and don't count components unless you have a medical situation which requires it.
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