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How much protein and calcium do I really need ?
Saturday, August 31 2002 - Filed under: General
I found this in Wai's book:
>How much protein do I need?
>No sane person will deny that mother's milk contains all the protein
>growing infants need. Compared to humans of other ages, infants need to
>compose more new cells all the time. The younger we are, the faster we
>grow. Yet, mothers' milk contains only 1% protein, about the same
>average percentage as fruits. Just as infants absorb all their required
>protein by drinking mothers' milk, so can adults absorb all their
>required protein by consuming the right fruits.
What do you think of that ? Seems sensible ?
I just checked my diet I ate the last week. Seems I don't get anything
near the 2 kilograms of fruit Wai proposes. I think I only eat 500
grams a day. And I eat a lot more fat. I really think 2 kilograms of
fruit or more won't be a good idea. I read in Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes
Solution that even 10 grams of glucose can raise the bloodsugar very
swiftly. Even when buffered with fats, it's just a big load and it
keeps the pancreas active all day long..
>7. Calcium Requirements
>National institutions formerly recommended 800 mg. calcium daily,
>maximally. Now they say we need about 1,500 mg. How much do we actually
>need? Children need more calcium than adults (per kg bodyweight), to
>grow strong bones. But healthy children always seem to be perfectly able
>to absorb all the calcium they need to grow strong bones - no matter on
>what diet or in whatever country. Of course human milk contains all the
>calcium human babies need; in babies that are extensively breastfed the
>bone mass increases incredibly fast. Logically, adults don't need as
>much calcium (per kg bodyweight), because they need only to maintain the
>calcium in their bones. So, if calcium contents of foods for adults are
>about as high as in mother's milk (in percentage), there is no doubt
>about that it contains all the calcium adults need.
( This doesn't mean eating more calcium is unhealthy, but it least says
that the current RDA is way too high )
Also seems sensible I think ?
Another quote about the relation of fat consumption and obesity:
>Statistics also show that Americans consume more calories in total even
>though Americans consume less fat than people in major European
>countries. This makes sense; you will keep on eating until you are
>satisfied when you are on a low-fat diet. Average daily intake of
>calories, and how much of that energy is supplied by dietary fat, in
>1998. (FAO database)
>3767 USA 35%
>3608 Italy 38%
>3541 France 42%
>3402 Germany 39%
>3257 UK 39%
>Americans increasingly consume more low-fat food; 167
in 1998 the
>share of fat in the average American diet was a little lower than in
>1978 (32%), but that did not decrease obesity incidence. On the
>contrary, obesity has increased very strongly in the last decades. 168
About Wai's diet in general:
I think her diet is something really new:
It's a high raw monosaccharide, high healthy raw fats, relatively low
raw protein diet
I think no other diet compares to her diet. Sure, a fruitarian diet is
unhealthy, that is something I take for granted, but I think this a
different type of diet. It seems logical that 2000 grams of fruits (300
grams of carbs on average) looks like a lot, but if the fat-buffering
works sufficiently well, then it might be really something.
Currenty I am combining her diet with a high-fat diet and I feel really
good. No cravings, no hypoglycemia symptoms (I know those very well). I
think some fruits in the diet might be very beneficial because of the
Perhaps some of you can comment on the quotes above.. Perhaps there are
some flaws in the way Wai thinks.. Please let me know..