My name is Lily gopher and today I’m going to be talking about the seven ancient superfoods with healing and weight loss properties. Many ancient cultures have recognized the healing properties of certain plants, and in this article I will mention some of the most vigorous plants used to cure health problems and diseases in these ancient cultures. Now all of these foods also have properties that will help you to lose weight faster and the first one is ginkgo in this in the Chinese culture.
Dinko is the root nu known to boost energy. It also boosts fatality and memory, and it is also known to improve heart health and to improve eyesight as well. It has also been a subject of recent scientific studies with patients with dementia and because it is helpful in weight loss because it helps improve blood flow and circulation throughout the body. This is also how it helps affect our brain function.
Now. The second plant is milk. Thistle in Europe, this common little flower would save the lives of those that were infected with different kinds of poisons. It also helped aid people with liver diseases, and it is still used today to treat the effects of excessive drinking and in patients with non-alcoholic fatty, liver disease. It helps show that milk thistle actually lowers the size of the liver itself and the content of the fact that is stored in it.
So this is great. Research on mice also shows that milk thistle can help with weight loss, mice that were fed a diet to induce obesity lost weight after taking silla Marine extracted from the milk thistle. Since silla marine helps reduce inflammation. This could be the mechanism that is responsible for its benefit against liver damage, as well as insulin, resistance and weight loss as well. Now, the next plant is knowning that comes from the Headey.
You have part of noni helping people with AIDS, cancer plaque and the arteries senility, and so so much more. It’s really. The rare exotic super fruit, ultra ultra powerful, the consumption of noni favors, the regulation of body weight. It helps reduce fat deposits on our body and it helps with glucose metabolism. It is rich in nutrients and has many many anti-inflammatory properties and it’s excellent for the proper functioning of the digestive system.
It also helps balance hormones, levels and balance blood sugar levels. Great great food, you can add it to smoothies and you can add it to any different drink that you like now. The next food is papaya. It is a delicious fruit. I actually love papaya. It’s my favorite fruit. It’s not only tasty, but it also helps in the digestive process. It helps break down foods and helps improve bowel movements because of its high content of a digestive enzyme.
Puffing papaya also reduces dysfunctional digestion, including bloating, constipation and heartburn, because of this digestive enzyme. It’s also very rich in vitamin C and therefore contributes to strengthening of the immune system, and it also is, of course, very low in calories and enriched in many many nutrients like folic, acid, calcium, magnesium and potassium so great also for athletes and the next food superfood Is maca for the Incas maca is set to burrow out hormonal health and to restore and heightened sexual desire as well, and it also makes a person stronger now.
This route also reduces blood pressure and boost the immune system, and it also has many many anti depressant properties, which is great when you’re on a diet and when you want to lose weight now. It also is rich in iron and many many minerals, helping you to feel full for extended periods and helping you lose weight now. A clinical study showed that improvement in endurance happens with the consumption of maca, and so it’s great to take on a new exercise routine.
If you take this plant now, it also helps in adrenal function, which helps to reduce stress now. The next plant is camel camel. It is found in tropical jungle climates just such as those in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil, and it’s a tiny fruit, rich in powerful antioxidants, including carotenoids and anthocyanins, which rejuvenate and revitalize many tissues in the body. Camus, Camus also holds the current world record of the most vitamin C.
It has 1,600 percent of the daily recommended intake amazing, and this helps with weight loss because it reduces cortisol which lowers fat storage. So camu camu also prevents many many diseases which cause inflammation because of its powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Now the last food is amaranth for Kiwi God now cue EAGA is another superfood that is packed with energy, boosting vitamins and minerals, including fiber iron, phosphorus magnesium, zinc and manganese.
It also has phenolic acids, carotenoids and flavonoids very potent antioxidants, and it is used to fight off anemia due to its high iron content. It also has squalene, which is an anti-cancer agent and helps support heart health by lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, now for weight loss. Cayuga, it was found to decrease levels of ghrelin, the hormone that stimulates hunger and reduces appetite and calorie intake.
So this is a great weight loss plate as well. Now it can be cooked and be used. It’s gluten free. It can be used and set of rice as a side dish to any sort of vegetables or beans and other legumes that you may be eating an excellent rice alternative. So to conclude, these super foods are proven to provide tremendous health benefits, as well as helping in weight loss, and they can be added to smoothies or consume this whole foods to add variety and nutrient density to your diet.
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I can’t believe it’s not butter or Earth Balance on their toast. Yet you ins have been consuming animal fats for hundreds of thousands. If not millions of years, it is really unfortunate that this idea that fat is bad for us, is so ingrained in our culture that people will shy away from foods that are the most important for our health.
In the case of butter, most people are actually unaware of the vitamin content of butter, as well as the other beneficial properties, particularly in regards to fatty acids. When we say butter is a superfood, we really mean it is a superfood. It is an excellent source of vitamins, A E and K and, depending if it was on summer pasture, it can also have a fairly high vitamin d3 content. Now this kind of parallels to all grass-fed raw dairy and the important thing to keep in mind here is the vitamin content of the butter will correlate directly to the pasture quality that the animal was on.
But in the best case scenario, butter is an amazing source of these vitamins and, most importantly, it’s the animal version of these vitamins, its vitamin A in the form of retinol, its vitamin K in the form of k2. It’s vitamin D in the form of d3 and it’s present in large amounts of animal fat that allow it to be absorbed easier. Other well-known benefits of butter are its butyrate content and you’ll commonly hear C people talk about feeding beneficial gut bacteria fiber to produce butyrate, but you can actually just consume.
Butter increases, HDL cholesterol with people. Consider the healthy cholesterol and people that consume butter actually have lower rates of heart disease than people that do not. It’s also worth mentioning that, in addition to this considerable fat, soluble vitamin content, butter is also an excellent source of linoleic and linolenic acid. So, although might not have an incredibly high amount of preformed epa and DHA, the body can convert those precursor fatty acids into epa and DHA, especially in the presence of the high fat content.
Here today I have a fairly dramatic and interesting comparison here we have on the left raw farm, grass-fed butter, and here we have on the right. You know your basic supermarket white butter. This is white, doesn’t really have much of a smell to it very classic. Like you know, buttery taste that you’re familiar with when you grew up this butter is a deep yellow, has like a sweet, nutty smell to it, a really deep, vibrant, yellow color, and you know, if you look at the vitamin, A content on this, it does have Some vitamin A from whatever they’re feeding the animal, but it is very clear visually that this butter has a much higher carotenoid content in it because of the beta carotene that is in the grass of the cows are eating.
We can also assume that this butter has a substantially higher rk2 content, as well as other fat soluble vitamins, and not only does it have a substantially higher amount of these vitamins. In the case of this commercially raised butter, this might not really have any fat soluble vitamins at all, so we’re essentially transforming nutritionally empty food. That’s just calories into something that is an excellent source of nutrition.
This is why food quality plays such a huge role and why? I really don’t recommend people consume dairy unless they have access to high-quality raw, grass-fed dairy. Now you might be thinking Frank. Can I just buy things like Kerrygold, or can I buy grass with butter from the supermarket, and the answer really is? No because Kerrygold has been known for fraudulence many many times, it’s technically, not actually grass-fed grass-finished and they can dye the color of the butter to make it yellow.
So what happens when a fat is pasteurized? Is you lose the enzymes and the enzymes can help digestion? You also lose some of the nutrient content. Is this? You know kind of an end-all, be-all thing. No, I mean, technically speaking, grass-fed butter from the supermarket is still better than foods that a lot of people have access to, but keep in mind you might be consuming rancid fats when they heat these fats they last much longer, whereas, if you bought, you know cultured Butter, it ferments naturally over a period of time, and it’s something your body is supposed to be.
You know consuming. You know natural fermented, bacteria and enzymes. You know if that is the. If the supermarket stuff is your only option by all means, and it’s your only source of fat, you can use it, but I would not be confident in the vitamin content of it. Nor would I be content in near the absence of rancidity or negative inflammatory factors. Maybe even some degree of histamine intolerance so keep that in mind when you’re buying butter from the supermarket – and you know I mean this stuff – isn’t cheap.
You know it’s ten to twelve dollars a pound depending on where you are so. There are definitely cheaper sources of high-quality fat that most people can find access to. Overall, it’s just one of those foods that is so delicious, it’s so tasty, and it’s amazing that it’s good for you, since I am allergic to their. What I actually do is, I usually take this and I put it in a dehydrator at a very low temperature and I pretty much make it into a raw clarified butter.
So I preserve the enzymes by keeping it raw, but I remove the casting protein that can cause inflammation for me. So thank you guys for reading. If you guys would like to support the blog, please subscribe and share the article there’s a bunch of stuff you guys can check out in the description and if any of that interests you from patreon to my Amazon shop to social media, if you guys do want To reach out to me for one-on-one consultations, you could reach out to me, through the contact form on my website or directly Frank, a to find out at gmail.
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So I recently did a vegan fridge tour and I had asked you guys if you’d be also interested in seeing what is in our pantry and there was a resounding yes. So today that’s what we’re going to do and while we don’t exactly have a pantry per se, I’m going to show you where we keep all of our bulk dragons, alright guys. So here it is in all its glory.
So we’re going to start down on the bottom drawer and work our way up. So this bottom drawer is where we keep all of our supplements and our superfoods, so any type of powder or supercede we might add, into a smoothie or nice cream and then daily supplements that we use to fill in any gaps nutritionally and for max as well. So these are the supplements that we grab and use daily. This is a vitamin d3 from Mary Ruth’s that we give to max just three sprays of that this b12 we take daily and give him just a teeny, tiny drop, and we take that every day as well, and then this is the new vitamin.
D3, we’ve been trying just to kind of change it up and it’s also summertime. So we don’t have to use a whole lot of it, but we’re really liking that right now and then these are dusty and eyes. Multivitamins, I’m still breastfeeding at 18 months. Max is a year and a half old, so I’m still taking just one of these prenatal prenatal multis every day I love, love it and dusty has immense multi. Some of our favorites here dusty, loves ashwagandha.
This is an adaptogen that he adds into his protein shakes. We’ve got some dried dragon fruit powder that makes your smoothie bold extremely pretty in pink. If he wants something, that’s going to go a little bit further than that frozen variety, a cow powder: this is a favorite of ours, we’ll add that to make chocolate, nice cream, coconut flakes to top our smoothie bowls with or to bake with turmeric.
This is one of the best anti-inflammatory powders to add to your smoothies. You can also make turmeric lattes with it blueberry powder, extremely extremely high in antioxidants matcha. So I have this organic green tea matcha powder that I sometimes like to drink. If I want a little jolt of energy, I’m not a coffee drinker, neither is dusty, he doesn’t do any caffeine, chia seeds, so this is probably the most used bag in this whole pantry.
So that’s why we have a giant bag of it. We always add this to smoothies we make chia pudding, we’re always grinding it and sprinkling it on Max’s meals, maca powder. So this is something we phase in and out of our smoothies. This one is a great adaptogen for hormonal balance, as well as energy, and sleep really love this taste and smell of it as well, particularly this kiva brand. We’ve got it on our amazon store, camu, camu, extremely high in vitamin c yeah, seven hundred and sixty percent vitamin C in just one teaspoon.
So if you’re feeling like you need a little boost during cold and flu season, that’s a great one. Acai, everybody knows acai powder. This is one of the highest sources of antioxidants. Of any berry on the planet also has healthy, Omega threes in it, which is kind of interesting, vanilla bean powder. So this is typically what I use to bake with or blend with in place of, vanilla extract, they’ve a lot more whole in pure, it’s just straight from the vanilla bean, and this would be our other most used other than the chia seeds is daily green boost.
I put a tablespoon of that in our smoothies every morning and it has a ridiculous amount of vitamins and minerals, especially folate vitamin K, four hundred and ten percent. It’s got lots of iron, manganese and all kinds of other good stuff, so super high in minerals, very alkalizing and anti-inflammatory. So, if you’re interested in trying out daily green boost, which is just a barley, grass juice powder, you can use eat, move rest and get a discount and for everything else, honestly, we buy mostly on Amazon, Prime, so we’ll have it linked below.
In the description on our amazon store moving on to the second drawer, this is the bulk of our pantry pun intended. So this is where we keep all of our bulk purchases. Keep in these mason jars, because it’s just a lot easier and cleaner for us. That being said, with Kovan 19, the bulk bins have been wiped clean. I think they’re trying to prevent the spread of germs. So it’s been really difficult to find bulk things, so we’ve had to buy more plastics and again, like I said in the refrigerator tour, we have a lot of plastics but we’re doing our best.
We use our reusable bags, whatever we’re able to, but things are a little bit bumpy right now so go easy on us, so you can see that I got to use my handy dandy label maker here, though I’ll walk you through some of our top used grains And legumes and beans over here on the far side, we have split red lentils, so these are definitely our most used. They’re super high in protein and super high in iron, they’re, really great for thickening up curries and soups and stews quinoa is actually not a grain.
It’s a seed and it is a complete protein. We use that one, a ton, it’s very versatile brown rice, use that a lot as well steel cut oats. I love to use to grind up into flour for baking these are not white rice. This is green lentils. Those are great for making like a mock meat kind of like taco meat dish or a lentil Bolognese we’ve got oat groats. These are one step above steel cut oats. So again, usually all I use those for is blending into flour.
I’ve got red kidney beans. Those are great for chilies, more lentils, more lentils, and these usually, I have garbanzo beans dried in here, but right now I actually have buckwheat. This is another seed that is a complete protein like quinoa and usually what I like to do is soak and sprout it and then I’ll dehydrate it. So it’s kind of like a crispy crunchy smoothie ball topper. It’s really really good.
Here. We’ve got our canned beans. This is kind of just as a backup for those lazy days when cooking from dry isn’t really an option. So we’ve got black beans, cannellini beans, canned pumpkin – I like to make things for max with that and bake with it. We’ve got coconut cream, so fun fact. Instead of buying light, coconut milk or even just regular, coconut milk, buy coconut cream and dilute it with water yourself, it’s the same exact thing: this is just more bang for your buck.
We’ve got this red curry paste. This is something we always put in, like our red lentil, sweet, potato, veggie stews, it’s kind of like a Thai and or Indian flavor strained Tomatoes. So we even buy this in a glass bottle instead of a jar. This is what we use to make everything from pizza, sauce to pasta, sauce to thickening up our stews you’ll, also see it sometimes in different varieties labeled as tomato puree.
So the reason we like this is because it has one ingredient, organic strained, Tomatoes. A lot of canned and jarred sauces are going to be high in sugar and salt and fat, so instead we just use this and we just season it ourselves. It got a couple of dried bean medleys from Bob’s Red Mill over here that we honestly like never use but they’re great in the winter time amaranth. So this is yet another complete protein.
It’s a seed even smaller than quinoa, and this one is by far the highest and iron. So this is what we’ve been enjoying making for max in a lot of his little recipes to get extra iron in his diet, and then we also found an Emirates flour. So this has been great to add into waffle and pancake recipes, even putting a tablespoon into a shake for extra protein and iron in the far back here. This is the fun stuff, so saltines are basically a firmer feeling under the weather.
There are days where I’ve been sick and all I could stomach was crackers, and then we’ve got some different pastas. Our favorite is Bond’s up. This is all chickpea, pasta and again super high in protein and iron max loves them and they just came out with a plant-based mac and cheese. It is awesome, you guys so check it out and a gluten free brown rice, pasta. We do try to stay gluten. Free as much as possible, personal favorite is this millet and brown rice ramen.
So it’s not flavored or anything. You add your own seasoning, but it is so good and then in the back. We have these for homemade sushi over here on the door every once in a while I’ll find a really cool kind of like infographic thing to print out, and this one is the PB 3 plate from plant-based juniors. So plant-based, juniors and nutritious Vita are my go-to resources for evidence-based toddler and infant nutrition.
So these are just helpful reminders for us as we’re preparing Max’s daily meals, to make sure that we’re meeting his vegan plant powered nutritional needs your drawer up. So this is Dusty’s. Favorite this is our nuts nut, butters and kind of our snack drawer. So we have a lot of dried fruits on this shelf again, a lot of these things go on top of smoothie bowls or we’re just grabbing and munching after meals and they’re all super nutritious.
So this is considered nature’s candy front and center is my personal favorite. We’ve got medjool dates. They are super juicy and delicious right now, so I love to just pick these and pop them in the freezer. For some reason they taste so much better. That way – and I also bake with them so I’ll puree them into date – paste right behind there is dusty and ice other favorite snacks. So these are the broken s.
We’ve got the trail mix, which is so good because it has the sweet crunchy fruit in with the nut, and it’s like a hard crunchy shell, but they’re so good. You’ve just got to trust me on that and then just the plain bucha is really amazing, as well Dusty’s go-to, after-dinner snack is these dark chocolate chips over here we’ve got some unsweetened and no-salt-added almond butter. So, just one ingredient: that’s what you always want to look for with your nut and seed butters, no added oil, salt or sugar.
We’ve got peanut butter, our new favorite and Max’s favorite. Is this raw cashew butter? It’s the highest source of iron of any of these nut butters, so organic coconut butter. This is what we recommend using to flavor up your soups and stews instead of coconut oil for extra fat. If that’s what you’re wanting, because this is just 100 % whole coconut, so it doesn’t have the fat extract it. It’s the whole coconut and it’s got a little bit of a sweet taste and really like to add that to bulk up Max’s recipes right up front.
Probably our most used nut is cashews just simply because they’ll have to soak them and blend them into like a cashew cream or cashew cheese sauce behind that we have rolled oats. So this is something I use again for baked goods. I make a ton of oat flour, that’s basically my go-to for all my baked goods. We also make oatmeal pretty much every other day, dusty and Max both enjoy it so funny story.
I ordered some holy basil on Amazon because, after our Costa Rica retreat, we learned so much about holy basil being like the top of the top as far as adaptogenic superfoods. It’s just great for everything it heals everything literally, so I went on Amazon and ordered some holy basil tea and it showed up in a two pound bag. So we’ve been keeping it in this giant jar we’ve also got almonds and all kinds of seeds.
We’ve got sunflower seeds, pecans pistachios walnuts and even some organic Nebraska grown popcorn. Some of both of our favorite smoothie Bowl toppers are cacao nibs. These are fantastic, so high in antioxidants, white, mulberries and goji. Berries are Dusty’s favorite, typically, dried fruit is also going to be really high in iron. I know I’m talking a lot about iron, but it’s a nutrient of extreme importance when you have infants and toddlers running around.
So we’ve been really focusing on that, and these are my new favorite go-to crunchy munchy for the top of my smoothie bowls they’re, just freeze-dried organic strawberries, they’re, it’s so so good. Last but not least, top shelf is pretty much devoted to all kinds of baking, flours and powders and potions, but over here on the far side is one of our favorite snack crackers Mary’s gone crackers. These are organic.
They are full of just a whole bunch of different seeds, they’re even oil-free, and Max loves them too. We are oil free, but we keep olive oil on hand just to again add extra calories. Healthy fats to Max’s meals is totally fine for toddlers and babies to consume a little bit of oil, and then we’ve got some brewers yeast. So this is something that I’ve experimented with with baking and even blending into smoothies.
It’s supposed to be a galactic OGG. In other words, it’s supposed to help increase your milk supply, so if you’re breastfeeding, you might want to look into Brewers ease so other than b12 and d3. Another nutrient of concern, especially for vegans and vegetarians, is iodine. So we get our iodine from sea vegetables. This is the kind you want to go for is USDA Organic, that’s from the Maine coast, so this is dulse flakes, but it looks like fish food to be honest, but you can sprinkle it on salads.
You can even put it in soups, and this kelp is actually in, like extremely large seaweed pieces. It’s super salty. So if you have a salt craving, it’s good to munch on this best way to make sure that you don’t overdose on iodine would be to actually drop some of this into a boiling water of soup. Last thing over here in the corner is our go-to cereal. So this is by Nature’s Path: organic. It’s called Mesa sunrise.
This is completely gluten. Free, USDA, Organic and honestly dusty has a bowl of this. Almost every night, late night before bed, it’s hilarious and Max has kind of entered the picky toddler stage. So if there’s ever a time where he won’t eat his food and I’m starting to get nervous like hey, you need to eat buddy, then I usually can get his appetite revved up. If I give him some of this cereal and back here, I’m not going to go into too much detail because I rarely use this.
But we’ve got some different, balsamic vinegars and flavorings like that, and then some baking soda cornstarch and different flours, coconut flour, brown, rice, flour, arrowroot powder, buckwheat, flour and coconut sugar, which we very rarely use and that pretty much sums it up so right now, I’m actually Soaking some dry chickpeas that we’re going to pop in our instant pot and use some way shape or form for dinner.
Most likely we’ll make some chickpea patties so over here in this corner of the kitchen, is where we keep more dry goods. This is pretty much just protein powders, you guys know some warrior is our go-to. If you guys haven’t already, we definitely highly recommend checking out the warrior blend, so we love the natural vanilla and the chocolate and they’re super super high in iron again, and you get 20 % off.
We will link it below use our discount code, eat move rest and give it a go. Then down here is the mother lode. So this is where we keep our potatoes and our sweet, potatoes, onions and garlic. We bought some of these tin cans and it works out great for keeping all of these puppies in place. My personal favorite, this red-colored, it’s kind of a reddish sweet potato. It’s called a Japanese yam, it’s white inside and they taste like birthday cake, no joke.
Last but not least, this is our spice cupboard and I would say this is where the goldmine is, if you’re looking to transition to a plant-based or vegan diet, the best way to enjoy your meals is to flavor them. So, of course, salt and pepper is always good, but there are so many other options out there. If you kind of get into ethnic cuisine, like we love to make a lot of Thai foods and Indian foods, you really have to build up your spice cabinet.
Some of our favorites are curry powder and garlic powder Cayenne cumin and for something sweeter and really like to use pumpkin pie, spice and cinnamon. So because we buy in bulk and we don’t have a whole lot of space in our kitchen. We do store excess and extra down in the basement, especially with quarantine, we’re trying to make as few trips as possible to the grocery stores. So we do have a lot of overflow down in the basement.
All right, you guys I’m about to make some overnight oats. I hope you enjoyed the pantry tour. If you haven’t already checked out the fridge tour, I will link that below and make sure that you subscribe to our blog by hitting that subscribe button and clicking that doll to turn on notifications that way I’ll get alerts. Whenever we put out brand new content on our blog leave me some love in the comments below give this article a thumbs up and share it with someone who might be inspired or encouraged by it until next time keep the rest.
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We are referring to crab lobster mollusks like mussels, oysters clams shrimp, any fish with a shell. Essentially so does she is uh that she’s a little cold right now because he just got out of the fridge, but maybe he’ll he’ll spring up a little bit later so shellfish, it really is one of the most nutrient-dense foods we can consume it’s up there with Organ meats, egg yolks, the highest quality offcuts there are.
There are not any foods that to me take value over shellfish from a nutrient density perspective. They are all as valuable as things like liver all the foods that I talked about. Cod, liver oil, any super nutrient-dense food shellfish is up there. The reason I like shellfish, so much is because you are able to purchase a lot of it alive at a much fresher quality than other foods that we have access to.
In addition to that, it is a super approachable food in a sense that you know, people like shrimp, they like clams, they like oysters, whereas things like liver and a lot of the other organ meats that I tend to eat on the carnivore diet. People aren’t really as much of a fan of the main difference between shellfish and other fin fish is, of course, the accessibilty. It’s obviously much easier to go to a beach and pick up some clams or oysters than it is to spear or reel in a fish from the ocean.
So there’s plenty of evidence on various coastal regions for use of seafood and mollusks and mass exploitation of these nutritional resources during the Upper Paleolithic period. There’s also plenty of evidence that Neanderthals use fire to open up these shells and, interestingly enough, they tended to use the shells as decorations, whether as jewelry or kind of status, symbols of the person. So whether or not these foods play role in the actual evolution of humans due to the ease of caloric access, it is safe to say that various indigenous groups did prized shellfish.
They specifically fed these who’s to pregnant woman, a nursing woman, children couples looking to conceive. It was one of the foods that was gathered along with things like fish, roe, liver, very nutrient-dense, animal foods. If we want to talk from a scientific and paper value perspective of what nutrients occur in the shellfish, the main discrepancy is the high preformed DHA content. Normally in a ruminant animal, you can only get preformed DHA from consuming the brain tissue in regards to actual vitamin content of these foods.
They tend to be excellent sources of the B vitamins, as well as vitamin d3. To a lesser extent, these foods have pretty good amounts of all the fat soluble vitamins. You know this shellfish has vitamin A it. Has vitamin E? It has vitamin k2. It’s an amazing source of all the minerals and elements, of course iodine, but the main thing that shellfish has over other foods is specifically the DHA content and, of course, this correlates directly with how fatty the item is in the case of mussels.
Here they have a bit less fat than something like oysters, so oysters would have a higher DHA content per calorie for anyone not confident in the nutritional value of shellfish, there were literally groups of people that subsisted off of shellfish that were in just as good health As any other indigenous group in vilmer steffensen’s, the fat of the land when he examined skeletal, remains of coastal tribes, that subsisted only off of shellfish.
The skeletal structure, the development of the face, all of the markers for optimal health, were the same as groups of Eskimos. That we’re living off of fish mammalian meat, so there’s evidence anthropologically speaking that you can be just as healthy consuming only shellfish versus ruminant meat, and I would argue that some consuming shellfish now is going to be much healthier and get a much higher nutrient density in Their diet, because people tend not to consume those offcuts, those organ meats that are necessary to get complete nutrient density in the context of a whole ruminant animal, and you can imagine the reason being that these shellfish and this seafood is more nutrient dense nowadays, is that It is a complete food when you’re eating a whole shrimp, a whole mussel, a whole clam, a whole Easter that is equivalent to you eating, essentially the whole animal, whether it’s a cow or a pig or a sheep or lamb same thing with eating things like fish, Eggs or fish roe you’re, essentially it would, it would essentially be like shrinking down the entire cow and eating it in one bite to get the complete nutritional profile, but with who’s like mussels and oysters.
That is much more approachable to do now. Obviously, there are pros and cons to shellfish, the pros being it’s a very approachable food. It’s super nutrient dense. The cons are, of course, the concerns with farmed fish pollution in the water and, unfortunately, in this case, when the water is polluted, it can be so polluted and it can affect the taste of the animals so much that you cannot consume it.
In the case of grain fed steak, we can cover up the off accurate taste of grain fed fat by cooking it by putting salt and pepper on it. In the case of oysters, I have literally gotten oysters that have smelled like sewage and I smelled the outside of the oyster and it didn’t smell right. So I was like. Let me open it up. I open up the oyster, it was one of the worst smells. I have ever smelled in my life pure rotten sewage, so one of the major cons is the quality of this shellfish that you’re getting really does correlate with the sourcing of the ocean and that doesn’t really even matter if it’s wild squad or not.
Unfortunately, I can still be in polluted water, so you know one of the main reasons I don’t really consume shellfish as much as I would like to is partially because of that reason, another thing that people don’t really mention is it can be a little bit expensive. You know this crab, it’s like 25 bucks. Just for the crab I mean. Obviously, things like mussels and clams are actually very affordable about things like shrimp lobster.
Crab tend to be on the slightly more expensive side, but at the end of the day, with the amount of money people spend on BS, I don’t think any sort of food budget is going to be too expensive in the right context. So if you guys are looking to increase the nutrient density of your diet in a really approachable and delicious way, this is definitely one of the best ways to go about. I know I spout all the time about liver eat egg yolks, you know eating all these foods like fish roe, but this is an alternative.
You can have mussels crab lobster. All of these things several times per week. The real crush is going to be sourcing, high quality, wild-caught stuff and figuring out how the nutrient density is going to tie in to your overall diet if you’re not consuming it. To frequently I’m sure some people are going to ask about canned versions of these foods. Canned oysters canned muscles can crab meat, that’s pasteurized.
Obviously the fresh version is far better. It’s going to have a higher vitamin C content. The nutrients are going to be more preserved, but I wouldn’t say I would say, there’s lesser evils. You know you could buy fresh pasteurized crab meat, but that’s going to be way more expensive than the one that has additives in it. You can buy canned oysters or you can buy fresh, packed oysters at an Asian market.
You know you could buy clams that are already shuck. You could buy raw clam meat in certain places. That’s going to be far superior to the canned versions, the smoked versions, especially things that are packaged in oil, so for those of you guys, are asking that if canned food is the only thing you have access to that’s fine. If you guys want to talk about thin fish and things like anchovies and sardines, of course, those are great.
The main reason I’m focusing on shellfish in this article is because of that accessibility reason. You know the access that we would have had to shellfish is much easier than pind fish. So thank you guys for reading. You guys have any additional questions. Please let me know if you guys wan na check on my Amazon shop. There is some canned cod liver oil on there that I view as the nutrient-dense food to achieve some nutrient density in your diet.
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