I have been eating mainly zero carb lately, mainly due to the fact the veggies always seem to go bad. I live alone, and even the smallest amount of veggies I buy is still too much and tend to end up in the trash. Anyhow, a co-working commented on my all-meat lunches, saying that I need carbs to help digest the protein better. He is rather open to my paleo diet, and knows I avoid all grains, but thinks I still need the veggies.
How important are my veggies/carbs in the breaking down of protein? I tend to think that it isn't a necessary. I do, however, think veggies are important for other reasons (nutrients).
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on August 11, 2010
at 03:46 PM
LMAO! No you don't need carbs to digest protein. Never heard such a thing! Enzymes in your stomach and intestines are responsible for breaking protein down into smaller amino acids. In fact, if the body wants more glucose in the system, it can create that glucose from those amino acids via gluconeogenesis. You don't need to eat carbs or glucose. The body can regulate all of that on its own. Ironically, you can't live without fat and protein intake, but you can live just fine without carbs or glucose intake. Glucose is the one thing of the three that the body can make on its own from other ingredients. And that is just so cool when you think about it! Your friend is misinformed.
on August 11, 2010
at 05:06 PM
Your friend is right, to an extent (not about the whole "breakdown of protein" thing, but he's close). A high-protein diet is unhealthy for humans.
Human breastmilk has only 6% protein. Most hunter-gatherers consume between 10-20% of their calories of protein (including the Inuit!). There is no human culture that has ever consumed a high-protein diet, that is, a diet in which the majority of calories come from protein.
Without carbs and fat, humans will go through what is called "rabbit starvation" or protein poisoning.
The Inuit discarded lean meat and tried to get as much fat out of the animal as they could, to avoid this problem. Since they had no major source of carbs (but they were NOT "zero carb", they had carbs from organ meats and berries and sea vegetables), they had to balance out the protein with fat.
on May 17, 2013
at 09:04 PM
Breaking down nutrients isn't a proper question. Assimilation however is. You most certainly need carbs to assimilate protein efficiently. Amino a acids compete for uptake, and carbohydrates, along with fat, assure that you have maximum uptake. Real evidence based information with conclude that protein taken with carbs yields higher amino acid uptake than without.But do not rely on my word, or anyone else is a Internet post. Because most people in these forums are ignorant, and speak without anything to back up what they say. I'm not going to back up what I say either, because I don't want to take anymore time then I already have. Take the time and responsibility to find the info you seek. And for people who think following a diet, which people of inferior intelligence, and about a 30 year life span is a good idea... Lmao at that. However, you do probably see improvement, because you stopped eating processed food.
on March 06, 2013
at 10:44 PM
I on the other am having problems with my bowel due to excess protein or mon lean meat I have been suggested to eat more fiber rich food and protease . I suggest going to a more well rounded diet where you have veggies, carbs etc..
on October 01, 2010
at 02:10 PM
im betting the person is more thinking about passing-the-food, ie pooping it out.
I am currently eating only animal products myself (and loving it for over three months now by the way) and on the rare occasion when i do discuss it with SAD people the first thing many bring up is digestion, concerning bowel movements.
Mainstream education teaches that if you dont have the broom of vegetation as it were, then the entire poop system just shuts down.
Im just guessing, from my own experience, maybe that is what the person means when they talk about "helping breakdown the protein" or something.
Personally i always questioned it and now having a pretty good amount of time with my n=1 experimentation am convinced that, all other things being equal (meaning that you have good good health), fat and protein alone does the guts just fine. Actually better stool formation i think, but i dont wannt get too particular:)