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Here’s some more strange but good nutrition facts from favorite expert-in-training, Brandi.
In case you missed it, here was the first installment of Strange but Good Nutrition:
- Starch found in potatoes, maize, and sticky rice is composed of amylopectin, a branched polysaccharide that is digested fast in comparison to amylose. Amylose, which is a linear polysaccharide, is found in whole grains, legumes, and bananas. Which explains why I have problems digesting all three of these things sometimes …
- Your body can make non-essential amino acids, but to make the proteins your body requires, you must obtain all the essential amino acids: lysine, methionine, tryptophan, phenylalanine, isoleucine, leucine, arginine, threonine, and valine. While your body can make the non-essential amino acids from the essential amino acids, you cannot create the essential amino acids. Period.
And, since I’m taking a nutrition class — albeit an intro-level class — I’m going to supplement these “strange but good” nutrition facts with something I’ve learned in my class. Keep in mind that I’ve never taken biology and I’m intrigued by some of the simplest concepts.
- Your entire GI tract is lined with mucosa cells (gross, I know) that protect the lining from hydrochloric acid (stomach acid), and move things along. These cells only live for 2-3 days and need a lot of nutrients to be regenerated. This is why one of the first signs of malnutrition is constipation.
- Your body can’t digest fiber, which is found in all vegetables and fruit, so if you don’t chew your food, you won’t absorb the nutrients in fiber-rich foods. Your body needs fiber to move things along the GI tract, but since it can’t break down fiber, it can’t unlock nutrients within fiber-rich foods. So the best way to ensure you absorb what you’re eating is to chew it thoroughly.
These concepts may explain why juicing has helped my GI system feel better. Juicing has exponentially increased my intake of nutrients and since the nutrients are unlocked, my body is more likely to absorb them and use them to regenerate the mucosa cells (and other cells in my body).
Have any strange but good facts to share? (nutrition or otherwise)
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Hi there. I'm Calee (pronounced CAL-e). If that's too hard, just call me Cal. Also known as chimes or the chimes. I'm 28ish, a designer, a runner, a self-proclaimed fitness queen, a craftster, a foodie, a music snob — some might call me a hipster. Here's the unabridged version.
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