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Learning how to eat

May 28, 2009

Tomatoes:
Did you know that some added olive oil helps the body to absorb Lycopene – up to 50 times better? The same goes with carrots, watermelons and papayas. We need fat to absorb the fat-soluble carotenoids. Actually we get about 3 times more lycopene from tomato juice than fresh tomatoes, the processing increases the concentration of lycopene. So next time you want to get some use of those bright red tomatoes add some olive oil, and don’t be afraid of heating them a little. 

Carrots:
are difficult to digest, therefore you need to grind them. For best absorption heat a little in order to soften the fiber structures which makes it easier to absorb the carotenoid. And as with tomatoes add some good fat for optimal absorption.

Why am I talking about this?
Today I had lunch with Dr. Magnus Nylander, nutrition researcher since 20 years – and dentist. It was very interesting indeed. Learning how to eat tomatoes and carrots was just a small part. He talked very fondly about Selenium, once considered a toxic substance but nowadays this trace mineral is considered essential for good health.

Synthetic vs Natural Vitamins
He also explained that you need to eat the double dose of synthetic vitamin-E since half of the molecules are twisted in the wrong direction – or even better, chose a natural vitamin supplement. His experiments have actually shown that the body usually absorb vitamins from nutritional supplement better than from food.

Nutritional help for top athletes
As a nutritional coach he has worked with some of the best Swedish athletes, like wrestler Martin Lidberg and currently with Daniel Tynell, 3 times winner of Vasaloppet, the classic 9o K nordic ski race. Tynell got in contact with Dr. Magnus Nylander in November desperate to get in shape for Vasaloppet (March 09) after having had continous illnesses during a long period. Nylander basically told him to sleep better, made him do some minor eating changes and gave him a wide spectrum of dietary supplements.
  It helped. Tynell managed to fight off the illnesses and got stronger and stronger only to win the race. One of these supplements was Medox, a very potent antioxidant supplement from Scandinavian blueberries and black currants. I use them too since a few months. One capsule equals a handful of blueberries, so at least I get plenty of antioxidants everyday. Actually I forgot to take mine today. 

Chew your greens
While writing this I have been chewing on a large salad, slowly slowly, for a long time, just like you are supposed to, just like the chimpanzees:-)
  Here is my “Thursday (almost) 100 % raw & organic Salad” inspired by Victoria Boutenko’s “Green For Life”: broccoli, cauliflower, red onion, spring onion, tomatoe, red (purple) cabbage, sesame seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, grounded flax seeds, chili, lighty fried garlic, olive oil, celtic sea salt and chia seeds.

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