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Book Review: Secrets of the Superhuman Food Pyramid By Ben Greenfield

We learn about the connection between diet and common dis-ease symptoms like brain fog, body fat, gut issues and achingjoints.

The author is also a fitness coach and speaker and an educator at the Superhuman Coach Network which provides training and certification. The book also includes a free 10 day online course from the Academy for Optimal Living.

The history of the Food Pyramid is covered. I was surprised to learn that the first food pyramid was created by the Swedes back in the 1970s.

One must wonder how it is that nutrient poor and digestively challending food stuffs like grains, bread, cereals, rice, potatoes and pasta ever got to be acceptable staple foods.

Then, there’s the recommended avoidance of fats like animal fats and nut and seed fats along with meat, despite research findings which suggest that it was the increase in the consumption of fatty fish and whole game (animal fat, organs, etc.) that lead to an increase in brain size among Stone Age humans and that healthy fats nourish the neurological system including the brain and help the body make use of a number of important vitamins.

Simple carbs and heart disease are mentioned, as well as the food industry’s political influence.

The Superhuman Food Pyramid itself is actually a downloadable PDF file.

Candida overgrowth doesn’t necessarily prevent people from losing weight. It is so-called stubborn fat that is nearly impossible to get rid of in the presence of candidiasis.

This has to do with the hormonal imblalace it creates and the toxins it produces thereby limiting the body’s ability to remove toxins. This causes excess estrogens, xenoestrogens (ex. birth control, pesticides, plasticisers, etc.) and other chemicals to be stored in fatty tissues.

Unless you eat cinnamon by the pound, it’s fiber content is irrelevant. It should also be noted that cinammon and other otherwise super healthy herbs and spices are sold as organic even when they have been irradiated which further diminishes their medicinal properties.

The refrigerator is neither dry nor dark and is a poor choice for the storing of dried herbs and spices.

Other herbs and spices mentioned include cumin, fennel, anise, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, turmeric, curry, and allspice. We learn about their history, nutrients, medicinal uses and what types of dishes they go well with.

Surprisingly, the author recommends xylitol. Xylitol is recommended by some dentists as it’s said to help fight germs and dental plaque which may or may not be true.

The book talks about two Sugar alcohols, xylitol and maltitol, as suitable sugar substitutes. Both, xylitol and maltitol are made from cornstarch, corn cobs, sugarcane and wood waste. More often than not, the materials used to produce xylitol, maltitol and similar sweeteners are genetically modified. 93% of US grown corn crops and 95% of US grown sugarcane crops are genetically modified.

Also, for people with digestive issues (incl. candidiasis), sugar alcohol is a no-no. Sugar alcohols cause acidity which isn’t good for dental health either.

Recommends lab made sugar alcohols, but agave is to be avoided?! It is true that even raw organic agave is highly processed but so is maple syrup. Both are still better than chemical sweeteners. The glycemic index of agave is just a notch higher than that of xylitol, less than half that of maltitol, about a quarter that of maple syrup and less than a quarter that of high fructose corn syrup.

There are some pretty good recipes in the book, including homemade toothpaste and herbal tincture recipes.

Arterial plaque buildup seems to be a defense mechanism against arterial wall damage caused by chlorine and other abrasive chemicals.

Truvia is not a health food and will not make anyone superhumanly healthy. The main ingredient in Truvia is erythritol, another sugar alcohol. The second ingredient is a stevia extract, however the only real food source of stevia is the plant itself which can be grown indoors. The leaves can be consumed as is or dehydrated and finely ground. Such a home grown, homemade sugar is pretty much the purest, healthiest version of a sugar like sweetener.

Combining precious herbs and spices with factory made artificial sweeteners is idiotic if you are genuinely trying to live healthier.

And, again, there’s confusion when it comes to salt. Table Salt is not optimal for health. It is a manmade chemical soup and there are no vital minerals in table salt.

Mineral rich salt like Real Salt®, comparatively, contains 55 different minerals and trace elements. If we lived naturally in an all organic world, we would have most of those minerals and trace elements in our water and food sources, but because we do not, adding actual, real salt (not highly processed table salt) becomes a necessity.

Pepper simply improves the absorption of the substances we consume and this is not limited to pharmaceuticals. Improving absorption of all nutrients found in foods, herbs, and nutritional supplements is an obviously positive factor.

Pepper supports digestion which is elemental when it comes to overall health and wellness. Pepper has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic properties.

Soy sauce for super human health. Right. LOL!

Raw organic apple cider vinegar has an overall alkalizing effect on the body and it activates digestive juices thereby improving digestion. An alternative to raw organic apple cider vinegar is betaine hydrochloride.

MSG, sugar, sweets and HFCS are discussed.

Inulin is a prebiotic and is healthy when consumed as a whole food ingredient. It is found in garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, bananas, etc.

Strangely, the author recommends the consumption of canned fish and limiting the consumption of romaine and red leaf lettuce.

Overall, highly informative with great tips and ideas.

William Davis – Wheat: The UNhealthy Whole Grain – YouTube

Xylitol fermentation by human dental plaque – Assev – 2007 – European Journal of Oral Sciences – Wiley Online Library
Acid production from Lycasin®, maltitol, sorbitol and xylitol by oral streptococci and lactobacilli – Acta Odontologica Scandinavica – Volume 35, Issue 5

“Hereditary fructose intolerance should not be confused with a condition called fructose malabsorption. In people with fructose malabsorption, the cells of the intestine cannot absorb fructose normally, leading to bloating, diarrhea or constipation, flatulence, and stomach pain. Fructose malabsorption is thought to affect approximately 40 percent of individuals in the Western hemisphere; its cause is unknown.”
Hereditary fructose intolerance | Genetics Home Reference

Glycemic Index for Sweeteners | Sugar and Sweetener Guide

“Wild, airborne yeast found in naturally fermented kombucha and in sourdough breads can be a problem for someone with a pathogenic candida infection.”
Nutritional Yeast: The Good and the Bad and What You Need to Know If You Seek a Stronger Immune System | Body Ecology

How To Make Quick-Pickled Red Onions – Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

“The main cause behind piles (hemorrhoids) is constipation added with infections in the wound in the anal tract, which are also caused by constipation. Cumin, because of its dietary fiber content and carminative, stimulating, antifungal and antimicrobial properties, acts as a natural laxative in powdered form.”
Health Benefits of Cumin | Organic Facts

Comparative study of cinnamon oil and clove oil on some oral microbiota. – PubMed – NCBI

Healthy Dinner: Raw Coconut Curry Rice

“When the majority of what most people eat on a daily basis is toxic, it’s not hard to understand why our health is failing.”
9 Steps To Perfect Health – #1: Don’t Eat Toxins | Chris Kresser

Processed To Death – Get These Cooking Oils Out of Your Pantry | Food Babe
Warning! Your Healthy Diet May Be Killing You: Why the FDA, the Giant Food Manufacturers and Big Pharma Are Purposely Sabotaging Your Food by Barry Ferguson

“Contrary to popular belief, table salt is not just sodium chloride. It also contains additives that are designed to make it more free-flowing. Ferrocyanide, talc, and silica aluminate are commonly included. Aluminum intake leads to neurological disorders, particularly when no selenium is provided to help the body to chelate it. Aluminum bio-accumulates inside the body, causing further degeneration over time. Talc is a known carcinogen.”
The Truth About Table Salt and The Chemical Industry | Health Wyze

Negative Effects of Almond Milk | Super Human Coach

How to Make Almond Milk | Wellness Mama

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