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Why do veggies make me feel good?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 11, 2011 at 4:33 PM

After a month-long diet of (almost exclusively) eggs, ground beef, and liver, I'm sure that vegetables play some role in digestive health.

Why does eating vegetables make me feel good?

Soluble fiber? Folate? Nitrate? Some other micronutrient I'm missing?

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on March 08, 2012
at 07:09 PM

I think Pollan's bias against animal products stems partly from a belief that producing enough meat to feed everyone an animal-based diet is too oil-intensive (industrial farming) or too land- and labor-intensive (grassfed). Of course, I have to talk myself into buying less kale and more beef every week, so it's not a stretch for me to agree with him.

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on March 08, 2012
at 02:00 PM

And I only say that because the most natural/comfortable diet for me tends towards "eat mostly beef"

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on March 08, 2012
at 01:59 PM

Spot on. I do think that his assertion that we should "eat mostly plants" is at least somewhat rooted in a culture biased against animal products.

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on November 11, 2011
at 11:41 PM

Hmm, well it was a good guess. What about potassium? It's important for neurotransmission.

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on November 11, 2011
at 11:40 PM

Hmm, well it was a good guess. What about potassium? It's importance for neurotransmission.

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on November 11, 2011
at 10:49 PM

Whole food is not the same as an isolated nutrient. Sure you can survive, but it's not thriving.

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on November 11, 2011
at 09:01 PM

I had been supplementing with about a gram of C a day, so I think theres something else at play here.

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on November 11, 2011
at 04:55 PM

Same for me, Kasra. I did ZC too for a while. Vegetables are just a great free pack of vitamins and other good things. On ZC I got extremely loose stools. I just bought this awesome pot : http://www.amazon.co.uk/Gärtopf-Set-braun-5l-mit-Deckel/dp/B0007VKLAQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1321030483&sr=8-2 Sauerkraut here I come :D!

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Looks like liver has a good amount of folate.

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on March 05, 2012
at 11:15 PM

Could be the vitamins and minerals, could be the antioxidants, could be the fiber, or could be (and probably is) some synergistic effect of all three. Check out Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food." The point he makes is this: every time we think we've "solved" human nutrition, we later found out there was something we were missing. First it was the discovery of macronutrients in the mid-1800's, and so conventional wisdom of the time said, "as long as you're getting enough protein, you'll be fine." But people weren't fine--scurvy is a good example. Then scientists discovered vitamins, and said, "okay, okay guys--this time we've got it." But it turns out that's not the whole answer either. The latest cure-alls are antioxidants, fiber, and omega-3's. All good things, admittedly, but how good are they individually and how much does the whole package matter? Until that answer materializes, I will keep eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, because there's something going on there that's clearly working.

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on March 08, 2012
at 01:59 PM

Spot on. I do think that his assertion that we should "eat mostly plants" is at least somewhat rooted in a culture biased against animal products.

Fc6a9e07f6056d465573c8969d3a2ddd

(370)

on March 08, 2012
at 07:09 PM

I think Pollan's bias against animal products stems partly from a belief that producing enough meat to feed everyone an animal-based diet is too oil-intensive (industrial farming) or too land- and labor-intensive (grassfed). Of course, I have to talk myself into buying less kale and more beef every week, so it's not a stretch for me to agree with him.

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on March 08, 2012
at 02:00 PM

And I only say that because the most natural/comfortable diet for me tends towards "eat mostly beef"

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Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on November 11, 2011
at 05:37 PM

Vitamin C is a candidate http://www.wellnessresources.com/health/articles/vitamin_c_boosts_mood/

And now what have we learned? Don't go on restrictive diets that mess with your noggin, that's what. Glad you're feeling well.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on November 11, 2011
at 11:40 PM

Hmm, well it was a good guess. What about potassium? It's importance for neurotransmission.

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on November 11, 2011
at 09:01 PM

I had been supplementing with about a gram of C a day, so I think theres something else at play here.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 11, 2011
at 10:49 PM

Whole food is not the same as an isolated nutrient. Sure you can survive, but it's not thriving.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on November 11, 2011
at 11:41 PM

Hmm, well it was a good guess. What about potassium? It's important for neurotransmission.

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on November 11, 2011
at 05:39 PM

For most people, extreme eating just isn't ideal. A sensible mix of meat, vegetables and fruit makes the most sense for a lifestyle, as opposed to a diet.

If you binge on junk food (as I used to) you won't feel good. If you choose vegan, that may not agree with you. If you choose fruitarian, that may not agree with you. If you go meat only, that may not agree with you.

Vegan, fruitarian and ZC each have people who swear the approach saved their lives, but I consider them all hardship diets we may adapt to--or even thrive with--for the short term but may not find optimal for a permanent lifestyle.

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on November 11, 2011
at 07:37 PM

It's all about evolution. Our ancestors had periods of time when then could only eat meat, and periods of time when no meat was available and they ate mostly fruits and veggies. But this was only temporary, and over the long run their diet consisted of all the food groups, not just one. We're adapted to eating meat and veggies, not just one or the other like many animals are, that's why we have a shorter small intestine (like carnivores) and a longer large intestine (like herbivores). If you weren't eating veggies for fruits then you weren't getting vitamin C, which is needed for synthesis of neurotransmitters that improve our mood. It's not necessarily just veggies that are making you feel good, but probably any carbs. Carbs allow tryptophan to get into the brain, and it's converted to serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for making us calm and having a stable mood. Don't forget that good bacteria in the gut feed off of the fiber in veggies, and there's researching showing a lack of good bacteria can lead to anxiety and depression.

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on November 11, 2011
at 05:32 PM

Because they're natural and good for you!

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on March 05, 2012
at 09:39 PM

Absolutely. I became grain and Dairy free, and for the time being I am easy on protein until my gut heals, but I just ate a big plate (80%) of spinach with a little bit (20%) of chicken, and I feel so good. Not too full, and happy.

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