I am not a Ray Peat follower...I have only been Paleo/Primal for four months. But since finding Paleo Hacks two months ago, I have poked around on here quite a bit. I have found here and elsewhere references to the Ray Peat raw carrot salad and one of the benefits of consuming raw carrot on an empty stomach is that it would supposedly bind with excess estrogen in the digestive tract and move it out of the body. I am assuming most of us have excess estrogens just from pollutants in our environment and in my case, birth-control pills.
I am wondering if anyone (especially women) has noticed any hormonal results of following this recommendation. I have simply tried to have a raw carrot about an hour before my morning meal just in case there is something to this. Also, if it does work, is there a reason to worry that it would make birth-control ineffective?
Has anyone noticed anything from trying this?
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on March 20, 2013
at 04:17 AM
That title really got me, but here's a serious answer:
Dietary fiber (when consumed with a meal containing fat) interferes with the enterohepatic recirculation of biliary hormones and causes them to be excreted rather than absorbed. I don't believe this is a good thing. It's the same mechanism by which oatmeal lowers cholesterol.
Even though the vast majority of hunter-gatherers consume huge amounts of fiber, I think the tendency for fat and fiber to overlap as it often does for contemporary humans eating mixed meals was much less.
I don't believe it's out of the realm of possibility that those eating very high fiber intakes might be reducing the efficacy of hormonal birth control.
on March 20, 2013
at 01:49 AM
One need not rely on Peat alone to corroborate the metabolic changes produced by raw carrots in the gut.