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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (
Subject:         Re: Protein FAQ im sure
Date: December 26, 2008 at 8:01 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Protein FAQ im sure posted by Nick on December 26, 2008 at 7:04 pm:

>>>i just meant that I've been feeling great, lots of energy,improved athletic performance, etc.

That's great. Feeling great is important. But just remember, you can search the internet and find websites full of identical claims from people following every kind of diet and supplement routine out there. So, not to diminish your feelings, but optimal health is much more than just feeling great in the present. Many nutritional deficiencies and/or problems can take years to show up.

Famous last words, "but I was feeling great!" :)

>>Instead of around 50-60 g I'm eating around 20-30.

I would agree that this is low and I would not recommend or encourage anyone to limit their intake to that amount.

>>I'm very interested in natural hygiene and getting a significant amount of calories from fruits.

There are many people out there making claims about what Natural Hygiene is and isn't including that Natural Hygiene recommends getting a significant amount of calories from fruit. However, (and as former VP of the ANHS for over 10 years and the current Director of Education for them), I disagree that a fruit based diet is either the diet recommended by Natural Hygiene or a healthy one.

>>>I believe I eat enough total calories from whole
foods, but was just wondering if you thought the .36 per lb of body weight was not something we necessarily need to meet, if getting below that figure (only 5-9% of total calories) was okay.

As I mentioned above, all national recommendations are for populations of people over periods of time and do not apply directly to anyone person on any given day.

It is true that the diet of the long lived Okinawans is about 9-10% protein, however, they also included animal products in small amounts and eat most of their foods cooked. They are also a starch based diet with sweet potatoes making up about 75-95% of their calories. So, we have to be very careful about how we pick and choose information.

Protein is not something you should have to worry about or think about if you are consuming a healthy diet. However, I would not consider a fruit based diet a healthy diet.

But you can do the experiment yourself, and the same experiment I have been recommending for decades. Download the free CRON-O-Meter (search google) and input your daily input for a week or more. Then see how your intake compares to the RDAs/DRIs.

My ongoing challenge to you (and/or anyone) is simple.. create a diet that is low enough in calories to maintain a BMI between 18.5 and 22 (without excessive amounts of exercise) and surpass's the DRI/RDA for all known nutrient while at the same time, keeping the amounts of cholesterol, saturated fat, omega 6s, omega6/3 ratio, sugar, salt, etc, below recommended levels and have enough food in it to keep you satiated and without going hungry through out the day.

If you can do that with a diet that gets a "significant amount of calories from fruit," then you have my blessings.

In Health

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