Consider not just reflexively getting out your cross, wooden stake, and garlic necklace at its mention.
...I know you're "Paleo," totally free and all, but set aside your newfound religion for a minute or so.
Got wind of a comment thread on a 2-minute Dave Asprey video. (I like Dave, on a number of levels.)
Except that the latest research says the opposite. It's called "Nutritional Toxicity": "Vegetables are indeed healthful but not necessarily because they shield you from oxidative stress. In fact, they may improve health for quite the opposite reason: They stress you. That stress comes courtesy of trace amounts of naturally occurring pesticides and anti-grazing compounds." http://nautil.us/issue/15/turbulence/fruits-and-vegetables-are-trying-to-kill-you
The Bulletproof Executive:
that's a well written article, thanks for sharing. The Bulletproof Diet still recommends that you consume up to 10 servings of veggies per day, many of which will still provide the potentially beneficial hormetic responses discussed in that article, but without the harmful effects that come with consuming lectins. Lectins have been shown to contribute to leptin resistance, leaky gut syndrome, joint deterioration, AND the top 8 food allergens all contain high amounts of lectins if that's not enough for you. Your body is bombarded by toxins and chemicals that it must detox and deal with every day from a multitude of sources, and adding in additional sources of inflammation when rates of inflammatory disorders are at an all-time high doesn't sound like a good recipe for longevity. The Bulletproof Diet is all about making better choices and avoiding foods that sap performance, and it's more a matter of making the choice between high-lectin foods like legumes, or eating something higher performing such as coconut, veggies, or grass-fed butter.
Right. And that would be really scary if it weren't for the research that shows that legume lectins are deactivated by heat. Chris Kresser explained in a recent podcast episode:
"It turns out that most lectins, especially the most well-studied ones like wheat germ agglutinin, PHA, which is in legumes, which is phytohaemagglutinin, they are deactivated by heat. These proteins are very sensitive to heat, and they’re destroyed. So people waving their hands in the air like, “Oh my God, these things are really toxic!” and whatnot. And it’s true. They are very toxic. We have the research to show that they are toxic in animals in vitro when they’re fed to animals, but it turns out that they’re feeding raw legumes or pure isolated proteins to these things, not cooked food." Source: http://chriskresser.com/rhr-what-science-really-says-about-the-paleo-diet-with-mat-lalonde
In another article, Kresser provides the research that shows this:
"In fact, cooking legumes for as little as 15 minutes or pressure-cooking them for 7.5 minutes almost completely inactivates the lectins they contain, leaving no residual lectin activity in properly cooked legumes" Source: http://pmid.us/12381157
Oh, and lectins are present in carrots, zucchini, melon, grapes, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, garlic and mushrooms (http://pmid.us/7001881). Not so scary when you see the big picture.
My quirky take:
"Lentils are not bulletproof."
...If you saw my recent interview on Dave's show in league with Tim Steele, I actually hit him up on this, of—what is to me—an implicit contradiction.
How are you bulletproof by spending countless energy and effort dodging all bullets?
Perhaps you're bullet averse, and are very good at dodging them, but there is no PROOF involved, because your mantra is one of aversion, not adaptation: like an animal.
Perhaps I'm making too fine a point of it. I'm Free the Animal, Dave is Bulltproof Exec; but to my mind, I'm trying to get folks to live more wild and carefree, which necessarily involves bullets. There is no bulletproof in the wild. Perhaps it's just a metaphor. Albeit, a bit ironic for my taste, especially for a blog title.
I said I like Dave on a number of levels and this is true. It's not because Dave might otherwise get irritated with a post like this and come after me. No, my blog is bulletproof.
Seriously, Dave is all over the map, as am I. He's into the hacking which doesn't interest me. I'm into the evolutionary animal and by doG, honest paths cross now and then and I'll welcome him to take me to task anytime he likes. And yep, both of us have to pay bills. Dave has products, I have Amazon links and Google delivered ads. ...At least neither of of us blank out the blog and make you watch 30 seconds to a minute before you get another look—every 10 minutes.
I'll close. Here's by 84 year old father-in law, a retired air traffic controller of 1st generation Mexican descent, fluent in the lengua materna. A bean-eater virtually every day of those 85 years. This was taken about 2 months ago. In nearly 20 years with Bea, I can't recall a single day I've 'bean' around when Sam hasn't had his beans.
Lectin Munching Sam, at 84. Three daughters; three sons out of the pic (Bea didn't get the shirt color memo)
...It's kinda like the PaleoStupidity concerning rice, when there are literally fucking billions of counterexamples, involving some of the greatest longevity on the planet, and good longevity—viable up to the end.
Oh, yea, there's a wife involved, I blogged about their 60th Anniversary here. She recently turned 80.
...I've been admonishing Lucia to soak her beans for like 10 years. She scoffs at me. She puts the pintos in a pot, adds water, boils them and they get eaten—for decades.
...To be bulletproof, you need to avoid this.