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Ben Greenfield Podcast 154

Ben Greenfield Podcast 154

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Listen to this podcast http://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/2011/07/episode-154-everything-you-need-to-know-about-how-a-plant-based-diet-affects-your-performance/
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Podcast #154 fromhttp://www.bengreenfieldfitness.com/2011/07/episode-154-everything-you-need-to-know-about-how-a-plant-based-diet-affects-your-performance/ Ben: In this episode, everything you need to know about how a plant based diet affects
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erformance, kosher protein, food combining,amino acid comparisons, cramping on the bike, does pot helpperformance, pre-race nerves.Hey folks, this is Ben Greenfield. And I’m coming to you having just returned from Portland where I was racing a triathlon calledthe REV-3 triathlon. And interestingly, some of you may rememberthat a few weeks ago, we had a gentleman on the show talking abouta low carbohydrate diet. And I actually experimented with a low carbohydrate diet in most of my build up for that race. And then Iswitched to a carbohydrate loading protocol just a few days prior tothe race. And I ended up doing okay. I raced about a four hour andfifteen minute Half Ironman. And I was happy with that. And I willcontinue to experiment with these dietary protocols. But speakingof experimentation, in the interview that you’re going to get tolisten to today with Dr. Bill Misner, we discuss a plant based diet. And Dr. Misner, at the end of the interview, actually proposes to useme for an experimental protocol. And you’ll just have to hear about what that is and whether or not I agree to do it. So listen in to thatinterview. It’s going to be really interesting and just a few otherquick things in terms of special announcements. I have started tolog my personal diet for all of my clients. They now have access tomy photo log. So, anybody who is part of the Ben GreenfieldFitness Inner Circle or anyone who I do coaching or consulting forcan now stalk my nutrition intake and any bite of food I put into my mouth. I haven’t figured out yet whether I’d like that. But it isavailable if you’re interested in getting access to that. You can do it. Again, as part of the Ben Greenfield Fitness Inner Circle or as partof any of the coaching or consulting programs that are available with me, that you can view over at http://tinyurl.com/helpfromben.   Alright, well there’s not a whole lot else to go over. So one quicspecial announcement and we’re going to jump right in to this week’s listener Q and A.Listener Q and A:Jeff: Hi Ben, this is Jeff calling from Tampa, Florida. I use a recovery product that has whey protein. And it’s a great product. And it’sKosher dairy certified. It’s not certified organic but it’s Kosherdairy certified. And I’m just curious if you could speak to kind of the benefits of a Kosher dairy certification. Or these cows that arefree range cows. Obviously it’s good or they wouldn’t be advertising
 
it. I’m just curious if you could just speak to that as a productdifferentiator as we’re looking at different things in the market.Thanks a lot Ben. Have a great day, man! See you!Ben: Alright! Well, I know my name is Benjamin Greenfield but I’mactually not Jewish and don’t really eat a Kosher diet. My grandfather was Jewish. My father was adopted. And yes, I dosomewhat have a Jewish name. So I’m not the expert on Kosher.But from what I understand, when it comes to Kosher dairy andthat would include a Kosher whey protein product. What thatmeans is when you see that Kosher symbol, it means that thecompany that’s processing the milk and skimming the cheese tomake that whey, is working under the supervision of a rabbi who ischecking to see that no non-kosher additives or non-kosherprocesses were used in producing the protein. So that could beanything from the actual additives that go into the protein as well as,for example, the enzymes that would be used to actually make thecheese because we get that whey from the coagulation of the cheese.So, that’s basically all that means. It doesn’t necessarily mean thatit is any healthier. But I think that it’s important in two ways. Firstof all, it is of course important to those who are following a Kosherdiet. The other thing that’s important for the company thatmanufactures the protein is that anytime you see a seal like that inthe protein, it does make it look that much healthier. It’s likelicorice and candy nowadays and it says gluten free on it eventhough they wouldn’t have said that in the past. Just because they know it’s a buzz word now, because people want to be healthy. It’s just one extra thing you can add to the package. So probably twothings going on there but that’s the deal with the Kosher based whey protein. So the next question comes from listener Helen.Helen says: I just read an article that you wrote about food combining. I’m anultra trail runner. I’m also a certified natural hygienist whichmeans I know everything about food combining. From my knowledge, I don’t have any information on how to apply it whiledoing endurance sports. I have only found conventional reading onendurance nutrition where everything you eat is mixed together. Incompetition, I never use gel, energy bar, or sport drink because Iam vegan. All I ingest is water and fresh fruits. I still get very goodresults. I never even have a cramp. But after four hours into it, Ican still feel a lack of energy. Do you have any interesting source of information on this subject?Ben: Well first of all, there is an article floating around on the internetthat I wrote about food combining. That does not necessarily meanthat I am a proponent of food combining. The whole idea behindfood combining is that different types of foods require different
 
types of digestive enzymes to break down the food. And whatproponents of food combining would tell you is that carbohydratefoods require carbohydrate enzymes. And protein food requiresprotein enzymes. And basically, carbohydrate enzymes only properly function in a non-acidic environment. While the proteinenzymes properly function in acidic environment. So, if you eat aprotein food and you pair it with a carbohydrate food, it couldimpair digestion since the two compounds are trying to be digestedin competing environments. And frankly there’s really not a lot of proof that that actually happens. People do get good results whenthey incorporate a food combining diet, in terms of seeing anincrease in energy or a decrease in gastrointestinal disturbances oran improvement in the ability to lose weight. And usually that’s because they’re just being more careful about what they eat. It’s not because they’re necessarily directly benefiting from, for example,not mixing fruit with vegetables or not combining protein withstarchy carbohydrate, etc. So, that being said, I don’t necessarily recommend a food combining diet. And as a matter of fact, when itcomes to endurance sports in general, which is what Helen hasasked specifically about, I think that you actually should combinefood. And specifically, you should combine sugars. And the reasonfor that is there have been studies on sports drinks or sportsproducts that use a mix of sugars versus sports drinks or sportsproducts that only uses one sugar. So, for example, if we look atglucose, which is basically what you’re going to get when you breakdown carbohydrate or sugars that are longer chain sugars likemaltose, sucrose or lactose, glucose is mostly assimilated by atransporters that are called sodium dependent transporters. Youlook at something like fructose, which is another sugar, and that’sgoing to come from the breakdown of sucrose, which is acombination of glucose and fructose, that’s absorbed by glute-5transporters. So, it’s a completely different type of sugartransporter. And you’ve got these different sugar transporters orcarbohydrate transporters in your gastrointestinal tract. And theidea behind this is if you ingest too much of the same kind of carbohydrate or the same type of sugar, like say just glucose or justfructose, you actually limit your ability to absorb as many carbohydrates as you might be able to absorb under ideal condition because you might actually overwhelm the actual sugar transportersthat are responsible for transporting that specific sugar through thedigestive tract and into the blood stream. And so they’ve actually done studies on this. And one of the first ones that brought this tolight was a study that was done in Birmingham. And that comparedglucose and fructose eaten in a combined format versus glucoseonly consumption during exercise. And a sports beverage that hadabout a 2:1 ratio of glucose to fructose actually allowed for asignificantly greater amount of muscle usage of the carbohydrate

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