Cramming Plant Compounds into Butter, What Would Hippocrates Say?

Dairy products are far from health-promoting. Dairy is a major source of dioxins and DLCs and dairy is a major source of saturated fat. More from Dr. Fuhrman’s book Eat For Health:
Whole-milk, butter, and cheese are the foods that contribute the most saturated fat to the American diet. Any person seeking excellent health should restrict these foods in his or her diet. Skim-milk and other non-fat dairy products can be used as part of the small amount of allowable animal products consumed weekly. They are not foods that should be consumed liberally, and they should not be seen as health foods because they are not high in micronutrients and phytochemicals.
Now, in an attempt to make dairy “healthy”, food manufacturers are adding plant compounds—like sterols and stanols—to butter and other junk foods. Melina B. Jampolis, MD talks about it in The San Francisco Chronicle:


Plant sterols-stanols are naturally occurring plant molecules that resemble cholesterol. They compete with the cholesterol in your diet for absorption into your body. When consumed in large enough quantities, they can block the intestinal absorption of some of the cholesterol that you eat, thereby helping to lower blood cholesterol levels. Unfortunately, they are not naturally present in plants in large enough quantities to have a significant effect, so food scientists found a way to incorporate them in much higher doses in foods ranging from butter spreads such as Benecol® and Promise® to tortilla chips (Corazones®) to chocolate bars (Cocoa Via®). Research shows that when these substances are consumed at the recommended doses of 1-2 grams per day, both total cholesterol and bad cholesterol (LDL) drop by as much as 6 percent. So if your cholesterol tends to run a little high, you might consider adding plant sterols-stanols to your diet in addition to limiting your saturated fat consumption and eating plenty of fiber…


…If you have serious medical problems or are pregnant, consult with your physician before eating foods that contain high levels of probiotics. If you are healthy, you may want to save your money until we have a better understanding of the role of probiotics in optimal health.

While I'm sure that functional foods are not what Hippocrates had in mind when he stated "Let food be thy medicine," I think he would be somewhat pleased with their potential health benefits.
Dr. Jampolis is clearly nuts. I doubt Hippocrates would be thrilled about any food produced in a factory. Health-promoting compounds come STANDARD in natural plant foods. Here’s a list from Dr. Fuhrman:
  • Allium compounds
  • Flavonoids
  • Phenolic acids
  • Alllyl sulfides
  • Glucosinolates
  • Phytoesterols
  • Anthocyanins
  • Indoles
  • Polyacetylenes
  • Caffeic acid
  • Isoflavones
  • Polyphenols
  • Catechins
  • Isothiocyanates
  • Protease inhibitors
  • Coumarins
  • Lignans
  • Saponins
  • Dithiolthiones
  • Liminoids
  • Sulphorophane
  • Ellagic Acid
  • Pectins
  • Sterols
  • Ferulic acid
  • Perillyl alcohol
  • Terpenes
When I see all these commercials for magic yogurt and omega butter I can’t help but think, why bother? Just eat lots of fruits and veggies and be done with it! Now, that’s something Hippocrates would get behind—agreed?
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Lydia - May 13, 2008 5:45 PM

What is your bloodtype? I have been doing the Eat Right 4 Your Type for almost 12 years and type A's do really well on a vegetarian diet as do A/B's. Congratulations on your new bod, you should have no problem finding a girlfriend. I am from NJ originally, married 20 years, and loved dating short guys when I was younger. They have the best personalities. No guts no glory, my husband said when I asked him to marry me. He thought I was out of his league and never would have asked me. Just find someone to go out and have fun with. If she likes you she will call back or let you know some other way. Guys only have to have one or two things going for them in order for a woman to fall for them. There is a lid for every pot and a seat for every butt. You'll find your match. Now again, what is your bloodtype, I am curious.

Gerry Pugliese - May 13, 2008 7:54 PM

Hey Lydia-

Wow, thats one heck of a comment. Thanks. :)

As far as my blood type, I honestly don't know, but, blood type diets are a lot of blah-blah-blah. Check out this post:

http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/diet-myths-the-fallacy-of-the-metabolic-type-questionnaire.html

Peace.
-Gerry

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