Kristi: Hey hey hey, it’s a beautiful day, how are you Miriam?
Miriam: Great I just finished a fantastic Cafe con Leche and you know that always gets my little grey cells all revved up for the day.
Kristi: Yes Lord! We all know how you need your Cafe con Leche, you are Cuban after all and of course all Cuban babies are fed Cafe con Leche in their bottles, it’s in your cells by now!
Miriam/Kristi: Ha Ha Ha really!
Miriam: I know it gives me strength that is for sure. It is amazing how food is that powerful. But then that’s what we are talking about today. The power of food, there really is a bag of tricks when it comes to food and the secret effects it can have differently for Men and for Women.
Kristi: I think this is so interesting. Usually diets are approached for what you want to achieve with your body, Not tailored to who’s body will be following the diet. When we are talking to our customers we often discuss health issues and different diets they are following either because they have no other choice or because they want to lose weight or lower cholesterol and other situations.
Miriam: You know it is so easy to just buy a book and follow a generic protocol. But on closer inspection that may not be as beneficial as it is effective. What I mean is just because a Man loses weight by adding large amounts of flax seeds to his smoothies or lowers his cholesterol, he is actually harming his prostate.
Kristi: Flax seed oil is recommended for it’s Omega-3 benefits, It’s quite common that people will use flax seeds so they also get the fiber. Omega-3, ALA (alpha-lenolenic acid) is recommended to help lower risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Canola oil is also high in Omega-3, but is hydrogenated and genetically modified.
Even though the men who consumed larger amounts of Omega-3 did lower their risk of dying of cardiovascular disease, they Increased their rate 3.4 times of being diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. (according to Harvard Medical School, Health Publication)
Miriam: We should point out that the Omega-3 found in fish is a different type and is good for Men to eat, I guess I should say its good for the whole of Man to eat.
Kristi: Also other fat that Men should avoid are palm oil, palm kernal oil, coconut and cocoa butter. Many processed foods and packaged foods use the cheaper palm oils in abundance.
High Protein Diets:
Miriam: This is a diet I hear quite often. Mostly they are using it to lose weight. But the amount of protein people are eating is super hard on the body. Some diets recommend eating 70% of your body weight in protein for example 180 lb man would eat 126 grams of protein, and up to as much as 1gram of protein per pound of body weight.
Kristi: Holy Cow.
Miriam: That is about a half a cow at least!
Kristi: I guess so! I remember we had body builders who would come into the restaurant and they would eat a dozen egg whites a day and 2-3 chicken breasts a day, plus protein drinks and protein bars. I speak to women and men all the time that have lost a lot of weight on very high protein diets. But your body doesn’t really need all that protein right?
Miriam: Not at all. Your body does really well on just 60 grams of protein a day.
Kristi: You’re kidding. So people are absolutely overloading their bodies to the max.
Miriam: Absolutely. Some body building sites and high protein diets can have people eating twice the recommended amount. Which for women causes you to lose calcium in your urine increasing your bone lose and increasing your chance of osteoporosis. For men is hugely increases the risk of kidney stones
Kristi: So 60 grams of protein a day is one 8oz serving of chicken or a 6oz can of tuna…a day. An 8oz serving of chicken is about the size of a woman’s fist. And that isn’t taking into account that lots of other foods you eat through the day have protein as well. Beans, nuts, broccoli, lentils and pumpkin seeds are among the highest protein found in non animal protein.
Miriam: So to recap.
Omega-3 ALA is good for Women and Not so good for Men.
Protein, whether it’s animal or vegetable is not good for either Men or Women when consumed in excess amounts.
Kristi: So tomorrow we will talk about the food that Men need to eat more of when they are younger and less of as they age…and what’s the magic number when they should make the switch.
Miriam/Kristi: See you tomorrow. We love interacting in the comment section, we will be checking in and always respond personally to all your comments.
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Take good care,
Miriam and Kristi