1) Over the last ten years there has been a massive increase and interest in a low carb high fat diets (Often referred to as Paleo/Primal) but the latest increasingly popular lifestyle choice appears to be Veganism, what are your thoughts on Veganism?
I admire those with the moral fortitude to give up animal products, but worry that it’s nutritionally deficient and might do long-term harm to at least some people who adhere to it. I also think that if it makes people healthier it’s primarily because along with giving up animal products, vegans tend to eat far healthier, giving up white flour and other highly refined grains and sugars. One key question is whether it’s healthier than an animal-product rich diet, high in naturally occurring fats, that also restricts refined grains and sugars. I doubt it, but the science doesn’t exist to say one way or the other.
2) Staying on the topic of Vegans, with the improvement in supplements and the year round availability of high fat vegan friendly foods such as Avocados and coconuts, do you believe you can be healthy on a vegan diet over a sustained period of time, by eating high fat foods and supplementing crucial vitamins?
3) Do you think nutrition should be taught at schools? As we know its such a complex topic that massively divides opinion, do you believe there is a way it could be involved in a curriculum that is fair and balanced to everyone? Certainly based on importance it should be but with contrasting views, who’s version do you teach?
4) I’m very intrigued by the calories in vs calories out debate, and I think your theory that it is the quality of the calorie and not the quantity makes sense, but I appreciate it is hard for a lot of people to believe and/or understand it. With that said how do you compare diet vs exercise in importance for overall health?
5) You do a lot of very in depth research and try not to leave any stone unturned, for the past few years I’ve tried to avoid consumption of grain because of what I have read and studied, but with the rise of veganism and vegetarianism we are seeing more reports that certain grains can play a part in our diet. What are your thoughts on grains and do you think they are safe to eat?
6) What do you eat on an average day? from breakfast through to bed?
7) What do you believe is the most important nutrient or vitamin most westernised humans lack? And what can they do or eat/drink to improve that?
I can’t answer the vitamin question as its outside my area of expertise. I do believe that avoiding highly refined grains and sugars will keep insulin and blood sugar low and so lower the need for many vitamins — particularly C and B vitamins.
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