When it comes to nutrition, and especially
when it comes to vegan nutrition, we tend to focus on what we’re not getting enough
of, and the dire consequences of nutritional deficiencies. What about our protein? Iron?
Zinc? B12? Omegas? And on and on. And while these concerns are important, the truth is,
at least in America, it’s not what you’re not getting enough of that will kill you,
but what you’re getting too much of. Hi it’s Emily from Bite Size Vegan and welcome
to another vegan nugget. If you’re not familiar with my channel, you may not know that I have
an entire series covering all the nutritients of greatest concern to new vegans with the
incredibly knowledgeable Dr. Michael Greger of Nutritionfacts.org, which is linked up
there and down below. While I had the pleasure of talking to Dr.
Greger for that series, we branched off into some other topics. One of which is the state
of the field of nutrition and how Dr. Greger believes it’s focus is completely off. I wanted
to share with you his fascinating look at the real nutritional dangers for which we
seem to have a collective blind spot. There’s all sorts of ways your
body makes sure you get enough of stuff, right…maybe? Look, there wasn’t even a nutrition of science for the first couple millions years of our existence, right?. Our bodies had to figure it out on their own. The whole
field of nutrition was based…the foundation of nutrition, based, you know…back the first part
of the twentieth century on deficiency diseases. We discovered scurvy. We discovered beriberi, and pellagra.
So the whole mindset of nutrition is…”are we a deficiency disease”, “are we not getting enough,”
right? But, I mean, when’s the last time a friend of yours was diagnosed with pellagra or beriberi, or some of these actual…or scurvy. These deficiency diseases. Okay now, have you ever heard of anyone diagnosed with
the overnutrition symptom like heart disease or diabetes, or high blood pressure, or…I mean these are diseases of not under consumption – of over consumption. Cause overconsumption of saturated fat and cholesterol, and sodium,
etc. So, but still the field of nutrition is in this kind of deficiency mindset making sure everybody
gets enough. Whereas people are dying by the millions, not…at least in the developed world.
Not by what they’re not getting enough of but what they are getting way too much of. So, that’s why… …there really needs to be this change in thinking.
The whole field of dietetics towards let’s make sure you’re not getting enough. And there’s
something we really, you know, are concerned about, I mean, there are a few nutrients that ninety seven
percent of Americans don’t get enough of: Fiber! 3% of Americans get enough fiber. 98%
of Americans don’t reach the minimum for potassium right? Where is potassium found?
Greens, beans okay. So, I mean, you want a deficiency disease? That’s what
you should be going after but most of the diseases are caused by getting too much of
the bad stuff. And so, that’s really where we need to think. I mean, that’s what people are going
to die of. That’s what your family is going to die of. And of course I’m happy to talk
and assuage fears about not getting enough of these various, you know, wacky things. But
you should kind of have faith that your body kind of figured it out, and that if we eat a variety
of whole healthy plant foods, we should be fine unless our diets are just packed with
empty calories junk where we’re getting enough calories to walk around every day,
because we are eating candy bars, but we’re just not eating enough food. Well, then okay you
can run into, you know, deficiencies. But other than that you know, other than the B12 issue, I think you
should be comfortable, you’re getting enough, and the most important thing is that
you’re not getting too much of the nutrients of concern that are killing people. I hope you enjoyed this bonus with Dr. Greger.
What are your thoughts on our collective focus on deficiencies while we’re dying of excess?
Do you feel the field of dietetics needs a makeover? I’d love to hear your thoughts
in the comments! And for any deficiency questions you have, be sure to check out my nutrition
series with Dr. Greger, again linked below, and in the sidebar. If you enjoyed this video, please give it
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