Our expert says:
Dear Saturated Fats
Every person who studies Dietetics and Nutrition has to take his or her own decision about which approach he/she is going to use in his/her later career. I would hope that your friend the Biochemist still looks good and healthy because 47 is not old in present day terms, although I suppose that from the age of around 20 it seems like ancient! If you qualify and do your own thorough research using reputable and peer-reviewed publications and then make a decision about which approach you intend using, that will be excellent. I base my acceptance of a relatively high intake of CHO, esp those with a high-fibre intake and a low-GI on the following: a) Anthropological evidence, b) The diets eaten by primitive peoples and our own black South Africans who ate a diet high in CHO, low in fat and low in protein, and generally enjoyed good health (none of the hypertension and diabetes seen today) before these rural populations came into contact with western diets (the same applies to many other groups such as the Aborigines in Australia and the Pima Indians in the USA), c) The high CHO intake that top athletes ingest without gaining weight d) The energy content of CHO, protein and fat (e.g. 16, 17 and 37 kJ per gram respectively). I do not think that it really matters at what time of day a food is eaten, but it is a good rule to have a large breakfast, a moderate lunch and a small, light supper, or even better 6 small, healthy meals spaced over the day. Food combining does not seem necessary to me because humans are after all omnivores and our digestive systems are well suited to ingesting a mixture of macronutrients.
Good luck with your studies and your future
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