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What is an optimum diet for typical humans?
Personally, I think that the government-recommended diet is too high on carbs. And naturally occurring saturated fats have been wrongly maligned.
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Optimal? Hmm... well, it would be probably based on a couple factors to start with.
But once that's all been figured out, you'd probably be able to adjust what your intake is to better get yourself to where you want to be or to keep yourself where you are now, so to speak.
As for myself, I try to keep most of my sugar/salt intake as low as I can.
Potion sizing is also important, and as such try to have a balance of a protein, starch, and veg/fiber.
About 3-4 oz of protein is plenty, and filling one's plate half full with veg/fiber is also a plus.
And of course fruits are important too, but I tend to either forget about them all together or eat them as a snack.
Really, at this point I'm kinda talking out of my own ass haha.
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I think the opimal diet for humans is: Food. And drinks.
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a diet supplemented with lots and lots of alcohol.
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>>5557>I think the optimal diet for humans is: Food.
I guess I can't argue with that.
I think OP may have something.
The US government dietary recommendations have always been very long on starch. I am old enough to remember "four servings of breads and cereals, four servings of fruits and vegetables, three servings of dairy products, two servings of meat" from the 70s and the "Four Four Three Two" song schoolchildren of the time were encouraged to learn. No, really.
And there are some people who can be very healthy on a diet where they get most of their calories from various forms of refined white starch, which have been the centerpiece of the Western diet for centuries if not thousands of years. There were dietary and metabolic experiments done in the 1920s with athletes and people who did very heavy physical labor, like lumberjacks in the era before chainsaws and tractors became common, who worked brutal sixteen-hour days and did everything with axes and hatchets and then load the logs onto mule-drawn wagons to take them in for processing. Some of those men were eating four and five thousand calories a day and using it all. Those workers and athletes had no problems with obesity or diabetes or high blood pressure.
But in the 21st Century, most Americans don't live that kind of life. We don't work brutal sixteen hour shifts climbing trees to lop the limbs off before we shimmy down to chop it down with an axe, then chop it into uniform lengths with an axe, then pick up the logs and carry them to a wagon and stack them up. The men who do work in the timber industry now have all manner of tools to assist them today that didn't exist a hundred years ago and don't work those insane shifts either.
And there is something, I think, to be said for the idea that our ancestors came down from the trees three and a half million years ago, and learned to eat fruit and roots and anything they could catch and kill that was smaller than they were. In modern terms, what I'm talking about is called "keto." Millions of years passed and our ancestors evolved, their bodies evolving to adapt to this diet of protein and vegetable matter. Agriculture has only existed on this planet for ten thousand years, if that. The modern diet of mostly starch and not much of anything else is not something we've had millions of years to adapt to. It isn't really perfectly suited to us, though there are national economies that revolve around industrial agriculture and export of wheat and rice and corn--starch, starch, starch. Modern agriculture is enormously efficient at producing massive quantities of starchy food. And until not so long ago typical Americans worked very physical jobs and could sustain themselves on a diet of mostly white bread and potatoes for most meals most days. Their bodies could absorb and utilize those starchy calories.
In the 21st Century people who sit in an office and stare at a screen for eight hours a day still eat all this starch. And I think it may be a factor in the constipation, and upset stomachs, and foul-smelling gassy discharge, and obesity that afflict so many--and some become diabetic, which can be life-threatening.
No doubt, most everyone needs to exercise more. That's a given. But maybe some of us would benefit from cutting some of the starch out of our diets too, and looking at changing the kinds of starches we eat to whole grains and complex carbohydrates, which are closer to the starches our ancestors ate than the starchy refined white wheat flour that's in so much of our food today. Our ancestors ate meat and vegetables, with a minimum of starch, since time out of mind. Our current starch habit is a recent acquisition, and it's something we were able to do with few health problems back when everybody worked sixteen hours a day on farms and in factories and mines doing intense physical labor. For the modern lifestyle, starch--"carbs," in the modern vernacular is not our friend.