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Nutrient density

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Don't know how much this idea is existent... When I Google searches related to this I don't seem to come across the exact information I am after.

Here goes:

Are refined sugars / high starch / carbohydrate foods bad not simply because they contain little in the way of nutrition, but moreso because the body has to process those carbohydrates and requires other nutrients in order to do so?

ie fruit (may cause you blood sugar problems if you are imbalanced) contains potassium (just one component - this is just an example) which transports glucose (converted from the fructose primarily) to the cell (I believe). Refined sugar for example doesn't provide you with potassium, so your body has to do something about it (produce and use insulin, I believe, as the potassium is absent).

I think I read that the conversion process in the liver requires magnesium or something (apologies if it isn't magnesium).

Now, my examples may not be accurate but I hope the point is still clear, that high carbohydrate to other nutrient ratios create a nutrient DEFICIT rather than just being low on nutrients.

Perhaps this is well understood, but if it isn't I want to point it out as what seems to me to be the most fundamental argument as to why these foods are generally useless - they inevitably cause decline as they rob your body of stored nutrients.

Apologies if this is an obvious thing to point out.

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on February 29, 2012
at 12:01 PM

Many thanks for the response. Interesting about the Inuit.

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on February 24, 2012
at 03:43 AM

Phytic acid from eating grains that are not properly soaked before preparing for consumption can block mineral absorption and even rob your body of minerals.

http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/living-with-phytic-acid

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on February 23, 2012
at 05:23 PM

Yes I think this is the case. I remember reading in "Gary Taubes' - Good Calories, Bad Calories" that the issue with scurvy on ships was not so much the lack of Vitamin C, but due to them only eating refined white flour and rice they actually needed more Vitamin C than normal. Another example being the Inuit who had very little vegetables in their diet and no scurvy, but scurvy (and other problems) appeared when refined carbohydrate was introduced into their diets.

I know I need to provide references etc, but this is what I know off the top of my head. I will edit this post if I can find better information.

Bfddc0ab925c8ea0e0c2e87198514907

on February 29, 2012
at 12:01 PM

Many thanks for the response. Interesting about the Inuit.

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