Is Fiber Bad And Meat Good?

Is Fiber Bad And Meat Good?



Eric Bakker, Naturopath. Thanks for coming back. I've got an interesting comment here from
a subscriber. I'm just going to read it out. Annette Barbara. "All these tips on eating fiber, I just don't
get it. I'm sick of fiber. Like, I can't do that. I was vegan for five years. Meat has no fiber and it's good for my gut. I just don't understand why everyone tell
us to eat more fiber. For someone it's good, but not for everyone." So, this is quite an interesting comment,
here. So here we have a person who a vegan for five
years, but has flipped across now to meat and is saying that fiber is not really great
because meat is good. I think in this case, you want to look at
a careful balance of both of those things My question to you would be what is your bowl
function like? What's your digestive function like? What is your health like? Resistant fiber is a little bit different
from normal fiber in that it bypasses the small bowel, to a degree, and ends up in the
large bowel, where proper fermentation occurs. Now, if you were a vegan for several years
and then moving into meat consumption, your microbiota has to change over that period
of … through that change, that period. So people who eat no meat who go to meat consumption
are going to get a big change in some of the major groups of bacteria in the gut. All right? The Bacteroides bacteria, for example, that
group will start coming up with more meat consumption the Prevotella bacteria group
may lag a little bit behind, because we vegans, they tend to be a little bit higher, that
group. So you're making major changes in your gut
bacteria by doing this diet. My recommendation is never to make change
quick with a diet change. Always do a very slow, what I call warm turkey
approach. Never just take things out and put things
in. You can't act like that when it comes to the
gut. Years and years ago, when I was a kid, I used
to think that nothing was thought about the gut. It was almost thought as a dumping ground
for food. In fact, when I qualified … I must tell
you this, it's interesting. I wanted to work with a doctor. This was back in the late '80s. This was a British-trained doctor who said
to me, "Mr. Bakker, I can't see diet having much affect on your health. Apart from maybe mediating constipation, I
really can't see it improving your health." I mean, for goodness sakes. It's a huge, huge, huge paradigm shift since
then. So fiber is exceeding important when it comes
to our health. We know that people who have good amounts
of fiber tend to have far more stable metabolic rates, more energy, better sleep, better libido. Also, they don't have accelerated aging, because
there's an anti-aging sort of mechanism that comes along with a good microbiota. So there are many reasons why you need fiber
in the diet. Particularly for appetite regulation, okay? So it's going to actually teach your brain
and control it, when to eat and what to eat and how to eat, to a degree. I find very healthy people have healthy digestive
systems with balanced microbiota, and they eat lots of resistant fiber. Okay? Oats, brown rice. We could be looking at many other types of
legumes and grains. Particularly the root vegetables like sweet
potato and potato. So a good thing for you to do, for example,
if you're not currently eating sweet potato, would be to incorporate it into your diet
once or twice a week, just a small slice of it. Cook that, or you could cook a large sweet
potato, cut it up, and you can have it cold and cook it the next day. Just a small piece. Just a small round piece like that, you know? And have that, say, twice a week to begin
with. And watch what happens to your gut over time,
all right? It will calm down. But putting too much fiber in can definitely
cause constipation, diarrhea, gas or bloating for a lot of people. So never make change quickly when it comes
to fiber. But I can assure you, fiber plays a fundamental
role in health. You may be sick of eating it, but you can't
live your life just consuming meat all the time. Because meat consumption has been linked with
many cancers, now. Particularly red meat, has been linked. In England, several years ago, people were
recommended not to eat any more than 10 ounces of red meat in one week. Not in a day, in a week. Okay? And that recommendation came from the top
based on multiple scientific studies, European studies and US studies. And these people aren't fools. They know that you need to be careful. So that's my caution to you, out there, if
you're a meat consumer, is don't consume too much red meat. Look at other forms of protein. Fish, fresh fish is a superior protein. Free range eggs. But just be careful. So balance your diet with reasonably good
amounts of fiber, but don't neglect the protein. But you need to work out how much protein
is suitable for you. I've worked out what my consumption is, what
suits me. You need to work that out, but just don't
load your plate up with too much meat. Thanks for tuning in, and thanks for the question.

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