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Week 4: May 22 through May 28 on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Week 4: May 22 through May 28

May 22/19 – 22nd day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new to report. Still eating alot of carbohydrates to feel full & satisfied. I am actually looking forward to be able to eat again nuts, seeds, nut butter, avocado and vegan yogurt, as I fell like I need more variety and am limited to a smaller amount of options. I will stick with this till the end of this month, as I have come this far and want to see it through to its completion.

May 23/19 – 23rd day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Tonight, I ate a few of the Corn Tortillas from Food for Life that bought a few days ago and would probably taste better if warmed slightly, but do not have a pan for that. I made wraps out of them with tomato paste, kelp powder, nutritional yeast, Aduki Beans from Eden Foods, Living Upland Cress (hydroponically grown watercress) from Hollandia Produce and cut up mini red bell peppers.

I am eating way too much carbohydrates in the way of grains and puffed cereal, in my opinion. Is it because I am hungry or bored? Not sure. I want to be honest here with what I’m eating. I do not seem to fill up/feel satiated on these items, as I get hungry not long after finish. I see it as possibly that I’m not having enough volume of fruit on a daily basis that would fill me up more and maybe also higher protein. Since I’m not using protein powders because the ones have are made of seeds and not sure the ones made of rice/pea protein would be appropriate for what I am doing now. Since I am already at the “home stretch,” and 7 days left without overt fats, I will not plan to get those protein powders, but try to up my calories from beans and fruits and see if that helps. The thing for me, is that I do crave crunchy food and go for the rice cakes, crackers, rice snaps and puffed cereals (especially the puffed corn which is crunchy), but the problem is afterwards it dries out my throat because is dry, so ought to be hydrating more (that is to begin with, without eating all these dry foods)

At this point, I have decided that starting in June:
1- I do plan to resume the overt fats have left out – nuts, seeds, nut butters, vegan yogurt and avocados.
2- I will not use products with oils and cane sugar/maple syrup.
3- I will use stevia, monk fruit and coconut sugar as sweeteners or if in any products.
4- There are some products will resume that have a minimal amount of sea salt/himalayan sea salt, (I would like/try to stay with 5% or under per serving) like the vegan yogurt I like called Lavva. I still plan to choose most of food products that buy/use to be without added salt, although they may have sodium, naturally occuring from the ingredients.

It will be interesting to see how my body reacts after not consuming these items for 30 days and I will share that with you.

May 24/19 – 24th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Nothing new. Still eating lots of carbohydrates

May 25/19 – 25th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Had a new snack tonight, Apple Chips from Bare Snacks. They are just baked with no added salt, oil or sugar. Nice to have a crunchy sweet snack, as most of the crunchy things have are usually savory.

May 26/19 – 26th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Today I ate more fruit and protein, so didn’t eat as much grains, as usually do.

May 27/19 – 27th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I mostly get hungry for heavier foods like grains & beans in the latter part of the day and still snacking on lots of puffed cereals, but does not always satisfy me, but simply like having something crunchy to eat. I have not noticed, per se, that I am feeling any different after almost a month of doing this, but I am sure when I start having some food products with even small amounts of added salt, it will taste too salty for me, since I cut it out completely, unless the food had naturally occuring sodium.

May 28/19 – 28th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

It is now 4 weeks and hard to believe I have gone this long on this plan and no “cheating,” but just eating alot more carbohydrates daily. I will continue till the end of this month which is a few more days and then resume overt fats starting next month.

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Week 2: May 8 through 14 on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Week 2: May 8 through May 14 on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

This week, I will be sharing more about the other affects (mental, psychological, etc) of doing this and not focus on the food, as did in the first week, but may mention if there are any other foods that didn’t mention before.

May 8/19 – 8th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I was working today and the hungry feeling started later in the afternoon, but maybe is really mental/psychological and need to hydrate more. I will try that and see what happens. I am trying to stay strong, but almost broken down to have some crunchy and salty flax crackers, but I have to realize, I’m craving minerals and need to eat more natural sodium rich foods. I found this on website: livestrong.com – A cardoon, which is classified as a leafy vegetable, contains the highest sodium content of any raw vegetable, according to the USDA, with 303 milligrams in 1 cup of shredded cardoon. Raw celeriac, wax gourd, artichokes, beets, carrots, seaweed, turnips, beet greens, celery and chard contain 75 milligrams of sodium or more per serving. When cooked without salt, sweet potatoes, spinach and collards contain 75 milligrams of sodium or more per serving. It also said about fruits: According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mammy apple contains the most sodium per serving. One of these large round tropical fruits contains 127 milligrams of sodium. Guavas and passion fruit are the only other fruits in the raw form that contain 50 milligrams of sodium or more per serving. I do use seaweed powder on my grains and salads daily, which are mineral rich.

May 9/19 – 9th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I found some other snacks – Puffed Corn & Puffed Millet from Arrowhead Mills with nothing else in it. So was thinking to put the rice puffs, puffed corn and millet together in a bag, as a snack mix to have when I am on the go. I also got Tomato Paste with no salt added from 365 Everday Value (Whole Foods private label), so can use that to spread on my rice cakes or put on grain/pasta.

May 10/19 – 10th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I had some of the other puffed cereals bought yesterday for snacks, so will need to buy more and the tomato paste on rice cakes was really good and satisfying. I feel like I am already be in the flow of doing this and not have any issues, as have to snack more on carbohydrates, since not eating fats this month.

May 11/19 – 11th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Snacked alot today and not feeling the need for anything not eating (fats, oils, sugar & salt). I do not feel or notice any difference physically, as usually see any changes, first in the face, but maybe is too soon to see anything.

May 12/19 – 12th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Didn’t each much during the day, but more in the evening. I got Khorasan Wheat/Kamut Puffs from Nature’s Path. I usually do not eat anything with wheat in it except for the sprouted tortillas, but kamut is different then regular wheat. I liked the taste of it, as a snack and something to eat quickly with no preparation, like the other puffed cereals have. Nothing new to share about my experience.

May 13/19 – 13th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Ate alot of carbs today – seem to be hungry all day – ate rice, rice cakes, rice and kamut puffs. Could also be, because was not working today which keeps my mind off eating.

May 14/19 – 14th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Can’t believe it has been 2 weeks and still sticking with it 100%! Woo Woo! The power of self-control (I have a strong nature when it comes to that, if you have checked out other posts on the cleanses and fasts I have done in the past) and not feeling like I am missing anything, but do crave more carbohydrates/starches. One has to be very aware and more astute when looking at packaged products when trying to avoid added salt, sugar, oils and fats, as it is easy to miss, if you don’t read the ingredients. Whereas, if a product has naturally occuring of any of those mentioned, that is a different story, like sugar from fruit or sodium in celery, etc.
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You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem or as a substitute for medication or other treatment prescribed by your physician or health care provider.

You should consult with a physician or health care professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program, before taking any medication or nutritional supplement, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem. As there may be potential adverse interactions between medication you are currently taking and nutritional supplements. Each person is different, and the way you react to a particular product/program may be significantly different from the way other people react to such product/program.

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Week 1: May 1 through 7 on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Week 1: May 1 through May 7

May 1/19 – 1st day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

Was ok during the day, but got hungrier in the afternoon and ate alot of Salt-Free Rice Cakes from Lundberg Family Farms, almost a whole bag. I forgot to mention in the initial post, that I’ll be eating olives that has a small amount if salt, but only eat a couple per day and can actually spill out the brine it comes in and soak in water so takes out some of the sodium, as want to minimize that. I didn’t eat enough fruit during the day, as that has more calories and is what eat for the afternoon hours and don’t eat breakfast. In the evening I eat vegetables, grains and beans.

Tonight, I had a cup of oats with greens cooked into it and seasoned with herbs, vinegar, dulse powder and nutritional yeast. I definitely feel that I am missing something, as not having the fats and that is higher calories and makes you feel satiated, but I would rather get my main calories from fruit which is more calorically dense, so will have to buy more of them and also beans and tempeh.

I stayed true to my plan and will have to just allow my brain to go through the detox and not give in to temptation. I am working to give away the food products I have now with salt, oil, sugar so will not have them around, but I am also strong in my self-discipline and I have already done numerous cleanses and fasts (my experiences posted on this blog) previously and this is just a hurdle have to work with to stay with my commitment and know that as I persevere and am consistent, my body will adjust, G-d willing.

May 2/19 – 2nd day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I drank some watermelon water and maple water from Drink Simple this morning that have no salt or sugar added. I had fruit for lunch and then after wanted more, so had a number of rice cakes. I definitely will be getting more fruit in the next few days, so I can fill up more on that. I also need to hydrate more with water and/or juices. In the evening I had Shirataki Angel Hair Pasta from Miracle Noodle with cabbage and then I cooked some buckwheat and also had some tomatoes and a piece of cucumber. After that still wanted to eat more, so had some Sticky Rice from Tasty Bite that bought which is already cooked and in a pouch and ate it just like that.

I am not feeling any cravings for salt, oil, sugar or overt fats at the moment, even though I do have some products around which include those. I am just working on staying focused with the goal at hand. I know I need to cut back on the rice cakes, as it makes my mouth especially dry and usually like to put something on them like a nut butter or avocado. Since not using those items will have to find something else – I was looking for a tomato paste or something like cooked tomatoes, but without oil, salt and sugar and didn’t find any in one store went to today, so will habe to look again. The other thing can used on the rice cakes are mashed beans or tempeh.

May 3/19 – 3rd day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I am sticking with it, but not having satiation and always seem to be hungry. I’m still eating alot of rice cakes and grains and not enough fruit, because need to buy more and have not had a chance. I usually get most of my fruit at the farmers market whete get more quantity for less money and will probably go more often this month, since need to get more of my calories from them. I will need get lots of potatoes which are more filling.

I drank some WTRMLN WTR from World Waters which was good and hydrating.
I never put salt on my food, although have consumed it in packaged products, instead I use kelp and dulse powder from Mt. Rose Herbs which gives a salty taste and minerals, too. To add flavor and nutrition to my foods, I also like to use nutritional yeast from Foods Alive, (because it is not synthetically enriched with B12 like other brands) spices & herbs, both fresh and dried, Coconut Vinegar from Coconut Secret, Balsamic, White Wine & Red Wine Vinegars from De La Rosa 613. All these are without any salt added.

May 4/19 – 4th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I did not eat till this afternoon and had fruit for lunch and then a snack of more fruit after. I ate rice cakes again later in the day (I finished 3 bags in 4 days and have to find some other savory/crunchy snack as seem to crave it and do not want to eat sime many on a daily basis) and a bag of sticky rice and was feeling hungry and again not getting the satisfaction because missing the fats which add more calories. I am still not really craving the other things leaving out that I would start eating them, but trying to figure out what else can eat to make up for that.

It’s a work in progress and will continue to share what come up with, so if you decide to try this yourself will have more ideas what to eat to stay with it!

I felt more satisfied this evening after my meal, as I made a “bowl” with Shirataki Zeroodle Fettucini Pasta boiled cabbage, beets, leek, tempeh, celery, wakame, and seasoned with lemon, dulse, nutritional yeast, balsamic vinegar, italian seasoning & paprika.

May 5/19 – 5th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I am not having any cravings for those things not using (salt, oil, sugar and overt fats) and as I eat more calories from the fruits, vegetables, grains and beans, I’m more satisfied.

I did not eat/drink anything till early afternoon, as I was going out to the farmers market and was a long walk and didn’t have a bathroom to use. I stopped by the booth where usually get fruit and had a few pieces of orange and nectarine. They didn’t have alot today, so went to a store nearby and bought 2 kinds of pears, apples and peaches, so would have enough and also some sweet potatoes and tomatoes. I got back to the market when it was closing and got some navel and mandarin oranges that were discounted at end of day. I drank a bottle of WTRMLN WTR to rehydrate, as needed it because was warm outside. On the walk back to where I live, I had a pouch of Apple Sauce + Probiotics with Strawberry from North Coast Organic.

Once I finally arrived to the apartment, I ate grapefruit, kiwi, peach, orange, gala apple and pear. Was still hungry bevause burned alot of calories with all the walking I did, so ate a few rice cakes and then made myself a Hot Cereal which os organic called Rice & Shine from Arrowhead Mills. It is brown rice grits, where the grains are broken into pieces, so cooks up really fast in about 2-3 minutes. I made a half a cup which is 300 calories, and used some of the left over water that boiled the vegetables in from yesterday as it has nutrition in it from them. It was a nice fast dish and is thick and creamy. You can make it as a savory cereal or a sweet pudding. I had it with dulse/kelp powder, nutritional yeast, ginger powder and paprika. I also had some with sweeter seasonings, Lucuma Powder from Navitas Organics, Maca Extreme Powder from Sunfood and WeLuvYa Sweet (stevia and monk fruit sweetener with no calories and no sugar) from You Are Loved Foods.

For dinner, I boiled a red beet with 2 Yukon Gold and 2 Red Potatoes and had with 1/2 a can of Cannellini White Kidney Beans from Eden Foods and I use the liquid in the can on it. I seasoned with dulse powder, nutritional yeast, coconut vinegar and white wine vinegar. I also had a salad with butter lettuce, cucumber, radish, red bell pepper, jicama, tomato and sasined with lemon, red wine vinegar and dulse powder. Felt satisfied after this meal, as was more filling for me. For dessert had some White Mulberries (dried) from Foods Alive and some Asian Pear slices in Apple Juice from Everyday Organics.

I got hungry again later and ate a few rice cakes and a bag of the cooked rice had previously.

May 6/19 – 6th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I ate fruit in the early afternoon – fig, kiwi, grapefruit, orange, pear, pink lady apple and blueberries and was feeling full.

Later on got hungry again, so ate a bag of Shirataki Zeroodle Rice with some sweet seasonings – lucuma powder, sweetener mentioned above & cacao powder from Super Good For You Foods.

In the evening, I had a meal with 3 cooked russet potatoes, 1/2 can canellini beans left over from yesterday and then the rest cut up raw in a bowl- zucchini, tomato, red bell pepper, jicama and seasoned with lemon juice, red & white wine vinegar, kelp powder, paprika, italian seasoning, ginger powder and nutritional yeast. It was very filling & satisfying. I decided to eat some more a made the rice cereal had the other day and then a couple of sliced pears.

Got hungry again later so had a few rice cakes and little tomatoes. Still need to find another crunchy and savory snack that qualifies based on what I am eating, as have eaten lots of rice cakes and have nothing else can snack on.

May 7/19 – 7th day on The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™

I had some beverages this morning, as I had a long walk to get to where I was working and needed the hydration. I drank about 8 oz of WTRMLN WTR that comes in a larger container, but transported in a smaller bottle. I also had a 16 oz bottle of Green Supreme from Suja, a juice made with only 3 ingredients, apple juice, kale juice and lemon juice.

I needed a snack to tide me over before lunch and had Fruit Jerky from Solely that was 1 banana and cacao nibs.

In the afternoon, I had a navel orange, mandarin orange, peach, bosc pear and fuji apple. I felt satisfied for the time being.

Later on, I had more if the green juice, as didn’t finish the entire bottle in the morning.
On the way back from work, I had a pouch of Berry Blast from GoGo Squeez which has blackberries, currants, apples.

I was quite hungry when got to the apt. and first ate some leftovers made the other day, which was a stew with grains and vegetables. I also had some Tempeh from Lightlife Foods, which is fermented soybean cake that can boil/steam for 30 minutes and then add to anything. It is plain, so can marinate it or add it to a dish that is already seasoned. I bought a bag of Rice Puffs from Nature’s Path, which is just organic brown rice and nothing else. I ate about 1/2 bag, as is something different then rice cakes, but is not crunchy like them, but liked it. I will look also for puffed corn, as I have had that years ago, but didn’t see in this store. After that, I made a salad with iceburg lettuce, tomato, red bell, pepper, jicama, radish, zucchini and seasoned with lemon juice, coconut vinegar, dulse powder, nutritional yeast and sprinkled on a little bit of the rice puffs.

I was still hungry, so cooked 1/2 cup Quinoa from Ancient Harvest and seasoned with dulse, nutritional yeast and red eine vinegar. I also ate just about all of the rice puffs. Then, the last thing I cooked was Rolled Oats from Bob’s Red Mill and seasoned with maca powder, mesquite powder and sweetener mentioned above. I usually do not eat this much in an evening, but I exerted alot of energy in my walking today.

Can’t believe I finished Week 1 and stuck with it 100 percent. No cheating at all! Eating more grain/grain products helped alot to keep me satisfied, but would like to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, as is hydrating while dry products are dehydrating to the body. I will have to work on that.

If you have any comments, questions, thoughts or idea, please share them.

Thank You
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You may have heard of The S.O.S. Free Plan (and I don’t mean the distress signal) what about The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™?

You may have heard of The S.O.S. Free Plan (and I don’t mean the distress signal) what about The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™?

Maybe or maybe not, but the S.O.S. I am referring to is an adaptation of your vegan food plan that eliminates Salt, Oil and Sugar. I say this because I am a whole food vegan and in the S.A.D {Standard American Diet} world, I don’t believe they could care less about this, sad to say. It is used by True North Health Center in California and others.

I, myself, have done various cleanses and fasts that documented on my blog (including coconut water cleanses, water fasts and dry fasting) and now I am trying something different. I got an email last month from Frederic Patenaude and subscribe to his posts, as he always has interesting information to share, as well as the knowledge he has culled from many years in the natural foods world. I don’t necessarily need to go on a “diet” to lose weight and detest that word anyway, because connotes going on and off something and I ascribe to be on a program that is constant, consistent and for the long term, where get results and don’t yo-yo back and forth, as it’s harmful to the health.

Here is a link to Frederic’s article: http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/blog/?p=4848

So what I decided to do and coined a new term, is The S.O.S.O. Free Plan™
What is that? Similar to the S.O.S. program, but I added no overt fats to it. Dr. Doug Graham recommends, to eat minimal added fats, but I’m not saying this is good for everyone, although when you read the link to the article above there is a comment on the bottom about someone who has been eating very low fat for a long time and has had good results.

Frederic mentioned that the body needs 90 days to adapt, so I decides to try this for the next 3 months, but do it 1 day at a time and then progress from there. I do eat whole food plant based, but I have done more snacking (but everything is food based) in the last number of years and have gotten lax with not consuming oils when buy products, although do not use it for my own food preparation. Also, used packaged products with cane sugar, maple syrup, salt and would like to eliminate them from my food plan and get back to eating foods in their natural wholesome state and not buy packaged products or minimize them at best. There is 1 item that has a minimal amount of salt that will be consuming because I do eat Food for Life Ezekiel Sprouted Tortillas for The Sabbath and Holydays, as it is the best out there because is flourless and without added oil. Other then that will be keeping to this 100%, G-d willing. This means will have to add more volume of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans to make up for the things will not be consuming.

Here’s a list of what will not be eliminating:
1- Oils – since do not cook with it, means products that use it as an ingredient
2- Nut butters
3- Nuts and Seeds
4- Avocados
5- Vegan Yogurt – as all are made with nuts and usually added salt, as well
6- Salt
7- Sugar (except for stevia which is not a sugar and make also look to get yacon syrup or if can find yacon powder, as is not a sugar, but from a Peruvian root that happens to be sweet and is also a prebiotic)
8- Coconuts

I am not saying it is going to be easy, as my body has to “detox” off of those items and I may feel a lack of satisfaction in my daily consumption and also there is the mental, emotional and psychological brain chemical reactions to consider, as well. As I said above, will simply be adding more volume of the other foods and actually, when you look at the cost of buying organic produce it seems expensive, but really it is not, it’s what you buy that is packaged, canned, boxed, etc that costs more because the price gets “bumped up” or inflated from the time the company makes it till it comes to the store, as everyone wants a “piece of the action” to make a profit. I am also used to grabbing a quick nutrient dense snack at work of a whole food bar and all of them have something that will be eliminating, so will have to have other snacks instead.

What I plan to do is document my experiences during this time on my blog. I am not sure will have time to do it daily, but will do my best to share with you what happene on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and psychological.

Look forward to sharing with you, as I embark on this new adventure.
I also want to say, that I do not plan to eliminate overt fats completely for more then 90 days and may even return to some after 30 days, depending on how I am feeling. My goal is to try to stay free of all salt, sugar and oils for the long term.

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Fear of Fruit – Yes or No? by Frederic Patenaude

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Should We Avoid Hybridized Fruits and Vegetables by Frederic Patenaude

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Should We Avoid Hybridized Fruits and Vegetables by Frederic Patenaude

I recently received the following question from a reader:

“How do I buy fruits and vegetables that are closest to the way our ancestors ate them? I don’t want to be eating these hybridized apples and giant unnatural strawberries, etc. How do I go back to finding original types of fruits before they were altered? How and what should I be shopping for? I trust my instincts, but my instincts tend to push me away from the extremely sweet, weird-tasting new fruits. What should I shop for and where should I be buying? I live in Illinois.”

This is an interesting question, and my answer may surprise you.

First, my follow-up question is: “Why would you want to eat foods close to the foods your ancestors ate?”

It’s probably because you’ve been told that those foods are somehow better, healthier, and more nutritious. They contained less sugar, more fiber, and perhaps more antiox idants.

You probably also have bought the common myth that hybridized foods are bad for health.

But let’s put things into perspective.

Our ancestors ate foods that they could find in their environment, and over the course of thousands upon thousands of generations, they altered these plants by selecting the ones that they preferred.

Our ancestors always preferred foods containing more calories (natural sugar), a manageable amount of fiber, and fewer natural toxins.
The plants we cultivate today are the most nutritious and digestible foods that humans ever had access to.

Trying to go back to wild foods entirely would not only be a mistake, but it would also be counterproductive. While it’s true that some wild plants are nutritious and offer some health benefits, designing a diet around wild plants would be extremely ill advised.

If you tried to live on wild fruits, such as the ones that chimpanzees live on, you would be come sick and eventually die. That’s because humans are not adapted to live on wild plants. We are genetically adapted to foods with more available calories, fewer tannins and fewer natural toxins.

Richard Wrangham, from Harvard University, writes:

“Evolutionary adaptation to cooking might likewise explain why humans seem less prepared to tolerate toxins than do other apes. In my experience of sampling many wild foods eaten by primates, items eaten by chimpanzees in the wild taste better than foods eaten by monkeys. Even so, some of the fruits, seeds, and leaves that chimpanzees select taste so foul that I can barely swallow them. The tastes are strong and rich, excellent indicators of the presence of non-nutritional compounds, many of which are likely to be toxic to humans—but presumably much less so to chimpanzees. Consider the plum-size fruit of Warburgia Ugandensis, a tree famous for its medicinal bark. Warburgia fruits contain a spicy compound reminiscent of a mustard oil. The hot taste renders even a single fruit impossibly unpleasant for humans to ingest. But chimpanzees can eat a pile of these fruits and then look eagerly for more. Many other fruits in the chimpanzee diet are almost equally unpleasant to the human palate. Astringency, the drying sensation produced by tannins and a few other compounds, is common in fruits eaten by chimpanzees.

(…) The shifts in food preference between chimpanzees and humans suggest that our species has a reduced physiological tolerance for foods high in toxins or tannins. Since cooking predictably destroys many toxins, we may have evolved a relatively sensitive palate.”

I’ve spent a lot of time in Costa Rica, and I’ve had the chance to look at what monkeys eat in the wild. The monkeys in Costa Rica are not like great apes, but fruit constitutes most of the diet of some of these monkeys.

What always puzzled me is that whenever I saw the fruits these monkeys ate, and by accident some of it was dropped on the ground, it always looked far from edible to me.

Whenever I tried to eat some of these fruits, I found them to be repulsive. I could not even swallow one bite.

Humans have always had very good reasons to domesticate plants. The wild versions of most domesticated plants are either inedible, low in caloric value, or toxic.

If you attempted to live on wild plants, you would not thrive for very long. Almost every advocate of a “wild diet” still gets most of their calories from domesticated plants (and often animal products).

In the case of strawberries that are the size of small children, it’s true that sometimes the tastes of the public have pushed industry to create even bigger and tastier versions of common fruits. You may prefer the taste of smaller or even wild strawberries, but there’s absolutely nothing indicating that there’s anything wrong, health-wise, with big strawberries, as long as they haven’t been sprayed with a lot of pesticides.

Similarly, there’s absolutely no reason to avoid modern varieties of apples.

The problem with industry is not hybridization. The problem is that the marketplace has forgotten about older varieties of some plants, like apples or tomatoes.

There are literally hundreds of varieties of apples and tomatoes, but only a few are available commercially. However, every single one of those varieties is still domesticated and “hybridized.” They’re just less desirable for commercial reasons, either because the fruits don’t keep as long, or some other rationale like this.

Lately, there’s been a resurgence of interest for Heirloom tomatoes. Those varieties of tomatoes taste a lot better, although sometimes look “weird.” They’re just older varieties of tomatoes but are certainly not anything like the wild versions. They are still domesticated plants.
Seeking to eat what our ancestors ate isn’t practical or beneficial.

First of all, most of the plants they ate no longer exist. Over the course of evolution, they’ve selected the plants that best suited their needs. The initial wild varieties of those plants may still exist somewhere in nature, but you’d be shocked at how inedible those are!

A few exceptions come to mind: wild berries are excellent. But that may be because people, throughout history, have always picked wild berries, and “selected” the best-tasting varieties.

If you want to be healthy and stay healthy, eat foods available at health food stores, farmers markets, and supermarkets. There’s nothing wrong with the organic produce sold in those places. If you have a garden, you could try planting Heirloom varieties of some vegetables, but don’t fool yourself into thinking that those foods have anything to do with what our ancestors ate, tens of thousands of years ago.
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Can Raw Foods DESTROY Your Teeth? by Frederic Patenaude

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Can Raw Foods DESTROY Your Teeth? by Frederic Patenaude
You know all of the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, but did you know that eating only raw foods could potentially put your teeth at risk?

That’s according to a study that showed that a raw food diet increases risk of dental erosion compared to a conventional diet.

How does raw food affect your teeth, and what can you do to protect them?

What the Study Showed

Researchers from Germany studied 130 subjects whose diet consisted of more than 95 percent raw food. The median duration of the diet was 39 months, with a minimum of 17 months, and a maximum of 418 months.

These participants answered questionnaires recording their food intake during a 7-day period before starting the study.

Researchers then randomly selected 76 gender- and age-matched participants for use as a control group. Using study models, they then registered tooth decay in both groups.

Their findings? Compared to the control group, subjects living on a raw food diet had significantly more tooth decay. 60.5 percent of the raw food eaters had at least one tooth with a severe decay, versus 31.6 percent of the control group.

Why Did This Happen?

Researchers aren’t sure why. They noted that within the raw food group, they could find no significant correlation between nutrition or oral health data. Nevertheless, the results showed that raw food eaters were more at risk.

One thing to note is the high amount of fruit eaten by the raw foodists. The raw food diet records showed that people in the raw food group ate an average of 9.5 kg (21 pounds) of fruit per week. (The maximum amount consumed for one person was 23.7 kg (52 pounds!), which is a lot of fruit!)

It’s no secret that although fruit has many health benefits, it can also be high in sugar and acidity, which is a double whammy for teeth.

The British Dental Association (BDA) has advised that the safest approach when eating apples is to eat them only at mealtimes, (and then rinse out the mouth to minimize tooth damage).

Added to that is the fact that the sugar content of apples (and likely other fruits) has increased by up to 50 percent over the last couple decades, as farmers breed varieties to have a sweeter taste.

New research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that the typical modern apple now has a sugar content of up to 15 percent. This means it contains the equivalent of four teaspoons of sugar.

A BDA spokesperson noted that once enamel is worn away, it doesn’t regenerate.

“Research shows that dental erosion in adults due to diet is usually a result of excessive consumption of fruits and fruit juices.”

Other Potential Causes

The aforementioned research is only one study.

It had a relatively small number of participants.

However, it brings up an important concern. Can a raw food diet be stressful for your teeth?

It’s safe to say that if your diet contains a lot of fruit, your teeth can be at risk. Beyond that, we need more research to discover the answers.

Some raw foodists who have experienced teeth problems after switching to raw have some additional theories.

Eating more often may be part of the issue. Once switching to a raw diet, you may find yourself grazing. Even if you’re snacking on healthy foods, frequent eating can disrupt the natural remineralization of your tooth enamel. Typically after you eat, your saliva goes to work rebuilding enamel.

However, if your saliva is constantly breaking down more food, and if that food is more sugary and acidic, your tooth enamel is more likely to suffer.

Another possibility is that due to the increased intake of nuts, dried fruit, and dehydrated foods food more easily becomes lodged between teeth where it is hard to remove. The longer food debris stays stuck on or between teeth, the easier for bacteria to attack.

How to Protect Your Teeth While Enjoying a Raw Food Diet (and Fruits!)

The answer, fortunately, is not to stop eating fruits or nuts or other great raw foods. The answer is to consider changing how you take care of your teeth in between meals and snacks.

One thing to be careful of—brushing right after eating an acidic food is actually worse for your teeth than doing nothing at all. Acid breaks down enamel, leaving your teeth vulnerable. Enamel softened by an acid attack can be scrubbed away by the toothbrush.

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The program ”One Year of Raw Foods” features complete menu planners for every day of the year, and more resources to make this diet work.

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