- Dear Sabrena,
At my house, we eat a great deal of bean protein in
the form of tofu. Especially for women, there are
all sorts of other beneficial compounds in tofu.
Instead of soy sauce, we use the Braggs amino acids,
and cook without salt. We buy the lowfat tofu and
then fry it in a little ghee (a form of clarified
butter)in a non stick pan with a cover with various
fresh vegetables to give it some flavor. Cayenne,
cumin, ginger, and tumeric are good beneficial
spices to use that also add flavor. Won't get into it
here, but the saturated fat in ghee is actually not
as harmful as other saturated fats as it is mostly
short chain as opposed to the long chains found in
other saturated fats. A small amount of ghee daily,
1 to 2 tablespoons, is actually beneficial.
biolobists and traditional healers know this, and in
a few years the medical establishment may also catch
So you can cover protein without animal proteins. The
other down side of meat is that it inevitably contains
blood, which is high in iron. Unless you know that
you are anemic, it is best to avoid excess iron, as
HCV thrives where there is an excess of iron in the
liver. There are also correlations between high iron
and cardiovascular conditions.
I avoid any product, mostly, that haS any type of
enriched flour in it, as I believe, and this is my
own supposition not supported by scientific studies,
that naturally occuring iron in complex is less likely
to accumulate in the liver than the added iron. So
yes, basically I only eat whole grains, although
occasionally I will slip, it's too hard not to and I
don't plex up about it.
Another good source of protein is nuts. I eat a dozen
almonds or pecans every day. They are great sources
of mineral and high quality fiber also. Although high
fat, the fat is not easily absorbed by the system and
thus doesn't put on weight like other fats.
Avoid trans fats like the plague. They are
polyunsaturated fats that are heated at high
temperatures in the presence of heavy metals so they
stay solid at room temperatures. They are in
practically everything you buy at the store, and are
worse than saturated fats because they are artifically
saturated and your body ends up with higher levels of
peroxidated cholesterol, which is the really bad
stuff on so many levels.
Ghee, olive oil, nuts, and of course the king of
oils, that found in freshly ground flaxseeds are
beneficial. Partially hydrogenated oils are bad.
"Good oils, good health. Bad oils, death.", as an
elderly Greek I met in 1970 south of Kalamata once
told me. He was an olive tree farmer.
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