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Is that news? Men and females must consider different dietary rules?

Just on caloric intake?

“As we are finding out more I think it will help us to draw up dietary recommendations tailored to the needs of men and women,’ says dietician Helen Bond

Beth Timmins. Tuesday 13 June 2017 13:21 BST

On the point of optimal nutrition, differences between the sexes are explained by the range of varying metabolic rates, reproductive functions and body structures.

Despite the fact that men and women have 95.5 per cent identical DNA according to Harvard Medical School, on average men need a higher calorific intake with the NHS recommending 2,500 calories a day for men and 2,000 for women.

“As we are finding out more I think it will help us to draw up dietary recommendations tailored to the needs of men and women,” Helen Bond, a dietician and spokesman for the British Dietetic Association told The Daily Mail.

So what are some of the helpful pointers to make sure you’re getting the right nutrients you need?

Firstly, high levels of refined grains such as pasta ought to be avoided by women. Harvard Medical School recommend that carbohydrates should make up 45-65 per cent of the calorie intake for both men and women. However, a 12 year study by Harvard School of Public Health suggested a link between low moods and women’s diets with high levels of refined grains such as white pasta. (Isn’t that valid for both sexes?)

The study found that women whose diets were high in refined grains were approximately a third more likely to suffer from depression.

Nitu Bajekal, a consultant gynaecologist at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust told The Daily Mail the suggested link could be explained by blood sugar’s effect on levels of oestrogen that can also impact mood.

“This area is not fully understood, but it’s sensible to eat vegetables with your pasta, because the fibre dampens the glucose response”, she added.

By contrast, women’s lower calcium levels would benefit from enjoying more cheese. Women need more calcium in order to avoid osteoporosis in the bones due to the fact that they have a lower bone density than men on average and lose bone mass more rapidly.

The menopause means a loss of oestrogen which also aids strong and healthy bones.

Women and men should have 700 mg of calcium per day in their diets, according to the NHS. Oregon State University’s Linus Pauling Institute advises post-menopausal women to increase their daily calcium intake to 1,200 mg to counter the lack of oestrogen.

Before the menopause, women also need to top up on iron levels because this is lost with each menstrual period according to Harvard Medical School.

Men on the other hand, will be glad to hear they could benefit from eating more chocolate.

A study by Aberdeen University in 2012 found that while dark chocolate betters blood quality for both sexes, for men the effect is even stronger. After eating chocolate with a minimum of 70 per cent cocoa, the functioning of platelets was improved. These cells clot blood and their improved functioning is linked to reducing the risks of strokes.

Men can also benefit from enjoying more zinc-rich shellfish such as mussels. The NHS recommends 9.5 mg of zinc per day for men and 7 mg for women as the mineral contributes to the healthy production of sperm, while also aiding immune systems and cell function.

Zinc is easy to get from protein-rich foods such as seeds, nuts, shellfish and oysters,’ Ms Bond added.

Alcohol consumption is another point of difference with higher recommended amounts for men.

Harvard Medical School suggest that for both genders, lower levels appear to reduce the risk of heart attacks. But, even low amounts also raise the risk of breast cancer, meaning that women could benefit from consuming half as much as the daily one to two drinks recommended for men.

According to Harvard Medical School, the dietary advice based on differences between genders is also largely based on average body size.

While the average male muscle mass stands at 30 to 40 per cent more than for women, it is useful to remember that this is not universally the case, meaning the recommendations do not fit all.

A balanced diet, rich in vital minerals and vitamins is key for both men and women but advice on the fine points of nutritional difference is worth adhering to if you’re keen to keep a healthy and active lifestyle.

Cancers and myths: Positions and cures

When it comes to health (physical and mental) then categorical positions on what to eat and how to behave are mostly dangerous attitudes that lead to the wrong cures.

When it comes to health categorical positions based on philosophical grounds (mostly masked by religious undertones) are far less dangerous than positions based on so-called “scientific grounds“.  Why?

When you feel sick and your have selected diet (vegetarian, vega, or whatever) based on philosophical attitudes and it turns out to be inefficient then, you can change your position on certain kinds of diets with little difficulty.

The scientific attitude or people claiming a diet because it was proven scientifically is much harder to resolve.

Fact is most people cannot read, analyze, or interpret scientific studies and they simply adopt a line on faulty and imprecise conclusions of  “scientific studies” that are mostly defective in design or procedures or partiality.  Claiming a diet on scientific ground is tantamount to jumping from a building with blinded eyes.

The true anti-cancer diet” was written by David Khayat who is head of cancer services at the hospital (La Pitie-Salpetriere in Paris).

Khayat is 54 years old and of Tunisian origin. Khayat sees 40 cancer patients per week and he wanted to review all cancer studies published in French and English in order to giving priority to preventive care.  Khayat said: “In the last five years, my patients asked me what to eat in order not prevent cancers and I had no clear answers.”

After meticulously studying most of cancer research Khayat was crest fallen of what he learned.  It appears that during a life time, one out of two men and one out of three women will experience one forms of cancers.

Myth #1: “What you eat is the cancer that you get”.  Wrong.  A third of cancer types are related to diets and the other two-thirds have other main factors.  A cancer lingers for 15 years and it is not by following a late specific diet that cancer will be prevented.  There are 25,000 bio-components in food and investigating the effects of each component and the interactions of these components is not an easy scientific matter.

Myth #2: “Eating fruits and vegetables will block or retard cancer development”.  Wrong.  or the other dictum: “Eat five kinds of fruits and vegetables per day to preserving your health.” Fact is fruits and vegetables are plagued with pesticides (proven to be carcinogenic) and simple washing will not do to removing pesticides.  Over 70% of pesticides that enter our digestive system come from vegetable products.  (We are going through a period where soil is impoverished and needs constant and abundant chemical fertilizers; the produce have to be treated with pesticides in order to reaching maturity).  Unless you are confident that your provider is entirely bio and that you can afford the higher prices, then do not bet on any effective diet.

Myth #3: “Wine is cancerogene from the first glass you drink.”  Wrong.  Khayat suggest for men to drink three glasses of wine per day (preferably red wine) and women two glasses (a maximum of 30 grams of ethanol):  wine has high levels of “resveratol” which is an antioxidant and thus, offers anti-cancer virtue.  The less alcoholic and the less in sugar content the better wine is for the health.  I don’t know; maybe wine is given special status among all other alcoholic beverages because studies on wine benefits are done in French, Italian, and Spanish.  Cheap wine in those countries might simply be cheaper than bottled water.  I want to know the effects of cheap beer, cheap vodka, and cheap gin: Just to be fair with consumers in most countries.

Myth #4: “Eat lots of fish.”  Wrong.  Fat and large fish, those  that feed on other fish, have high levels of heavy metals (far higher than industrial mines!) such as dioxin, arsenic, polychloro-biphenol, methyl mercury, cadmium and lead…) that are proven to be carcinogenic. Anyway, omega 3 was not proven to be that beneficial to health.

Khayat offers many recommendations:

First, eat meat with moderation and make sure meat does not come in direct contact with fire:  When temperature reaches over 240 (C degrees) then aromatic amino polycyclic are produced and they are proven to be highly carcinogenic.  There are no link between red meat and colon cancer.

It appears that Asiatic women using the “wok” have higher levels of lung cancer compared to other women and this is due to using the wok for cooking meat.  I would like to believe that studies on the wok effects have controlled most of the variables that produce cancers.  All that I can say when I read these kinds of “scientific studies” is that “Wok has to be studied more seriously”.

Second, Vitamin E, iron, and beta-carotene are out the window. These vitamins are time bombs.  People who regurgitated lots of vitamin E had more cases of colon cancers than normal people.  Beta-carotene (found in carrots) increase lung cancers among smokers.

Third, men suffer more prostate cancers than other kinds of cancers  Thus, men over 50 should eat plenty of tomatoes, drastically reduce milk and milk based consumptions, and eliminate fatty products that fabricate male hormones susceptible to stimulating cancerous cells in the prostate.

Fourth, Females have tendencies for higher cases of breast, uterus cancers after menopause.  Thus, women have to eat plenty of green and white kinds of vegetables that are rich in phyto-oestrogenes; they have to eat fruits and vegetables rich in fibers (ale, banana, onion, asparagus, whole grain breads, …): they accelerate the transit and reduce the time of contact between intestinal mucus and product potentially carcinogenic.  Women should drink non-fatty milk for its calcium.  Basically, what is harmful for men is good for women!  (Here I get nervous and pretty suspicious: what, if I like milk and milk products then, should I be angry and upset for being created with prostate?).

Fifth, eat in the morning yellow and orange kinds of fruits and vegetables( such as orange, mandarin, mango, grapefruit…): their high antioxidant properties repair a night fasting.  Eat at anytime and during the entire day all kinds of red and white fruits and vegetables (such as tomatoes, red cabbage, ale, onion, and soja): reasons not explained.  At night, eat green (broccoli, cabbage…): green color is the product of photosynthesis linked to solar activities and thus, night-time stabilizes these effects; avoid red-violet and blue products at night.  Here I get suspicious when colors are involved; for example, if there are outside effects then how these effects resume when eaten inside our system?

Six, eat plenty of Curcuma, green tea (the Japanese kind), ale, onion, quercetine, selenium, and tomatoes.

Note: I love to eat everything and in moderation.  Since I cannot afford meat then, I am doubly lucky.

I suggest that psychological stability far outweight food dieting for those categorical in their diet systems.

“Can sugar substitutes contribute to my diet?”

No, it cannot.

Sugar substitutes may fool your taste buds, and occasionally the taste buds in your digestive system, but not your brain that requires sugar and demands it.

Suppose sugar is arbitrarily given index 100 then, the natural glucose is 70 and fructose 130.  Industrial aspartame is indexed 2,000 and sucralose 6,000 and thaumatine 30,000.  There are indications that heavy consumption of “sugarless” sodas may develop diabetes type 2.

The sense of taste is highly developed in our digestive system such as stomach, intestine, pancreas, and colon.

The digestive system is lined up with taste bud cells that detect the molecules of sugar and thus, trigger the processes for metabolic program and transforming nutrients into appropriate ingredients in the blood.  For example, the taste buds in the digestive system slow down absorption of toxic (bitter substances) and in many cases provoke vomiting what we swallowed.

For sugary tastes, an order is dispatched to the brain to release greater quantities of insulin in the blood to prepare the organism for the arrival of nourishment.  Otherwise, without this due preparation the body cannot recognize what is coming.

For example, it was observed that when glucose is injected intravenous the body does not release enough insulin as if detected by the digestive system.

The sense of taste in the mouth is basically a quick and dirty judgement of what is swallowed in the digestive system.

Glucose or sugar is transformed into molecules of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) used in almost all functions by cells.  While taste receptors in the intestine constitute barely 1% of all types of receptors in the intestine, they liberate most of the hormones in the organism.

The Japanese culture has the term “umami taste” to describe the taste of glutamic acid in food rich in proteins; glutamic acid is released by the stomach.

In a sense, the “stomach” is in command; the brain follows orders.

Trust your gut. Don’t try to cheat it, lest you bare the consequences.




February 2023

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