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Is it a problem to drink all fruits/vegetables rather than "eat" them?

Thanks so much for such a great nutrition product and learning community, where nutrition becomes inspiring, exciting, and easy! I am heavy into the daily use of my NB; I get agitated if I go a day without a Blast. I just found and started using maca powder today, but have been using goji berries, cacao powder, chia seeds, turmeric, kale, beets, tart cherry juice, aloe vera, and other weird stuff for months now :) I have three major questions about things I have heard/read and what I've wondered myself while going through this process. 1. Some days the only thing I actually eat is meat: chicken/lamb/salmon. All veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, oatmeal/quinoa, sweet potato, raw egg, protein powders, etc goes into the NB and I drink it. Is it bad to only actually chew and eat 2-3 items a day - all of it being meat? 2. I've heard a lot about the whole "Paleo" type of diet where only natural, hunter-gatherer type of carbs are eaten. AKA pretty much fruits. This diet from what I understand consists of meat, fruit, veggies, nuts, and seeds. I have eliminated dairy and all anti-fruit carbs except oats and quinoa and it has done my body well it seems. I am sceptical on the benefits of whole grains because I have heard through nutrition documentaries ("Knifes over Forks", "Hungry for Change", "Fat, Sick, Nearly Dead" etc) that whole grains actually bind to nutrients or otherwise block their absorption into the human body. I guess what I'm asking is, is this true? Are whole grains really that counterintuitive when eaten with other foods? Do they do more harm than good? Obviously carbs are necessary, as stated in your recent article about them. But another part of this question is, can we get all our carbs/sugars from fruits and leave all these whole grains alone? 3. I'm about 80% on being as nutritionally healthy as possible but there are still things I don't know. I'd like to know what should be or shouldn't be combined together to get the full effects of each food. Does it just go to the extent of fat-soluable and water-soluable vitamins, or can some foods actually prevent other foods from delivering the most nutrition to our bodies? Thanks so much, your efforts, clarifying, and teaching are highly, highly appreciated!!

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5 years ago

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I love this series of questions: thoughtful and forward-thinking. Good stuff for us all.

These are some great questions and some of them so complex, it would take way too much time and space to go into them deeply here. So, I'll provide a few pieces of info and let others chime in as they see fit.
First, chewing helps prep the body for digestion and so you want to be sure you are chewing something more often than not - whether that be meat or veggies, etc. is up to you.
So, in general I haven't bought into the Paleo diet nor any other fad diet for that matter, but I won't get on my soap box. Grains are not all bad. There is a lot of research showing health benefits of grains. it is important to chose the less processed, more complex-carb, ancient grains (gluten-free if intolerant) as these provide fiber and beneficial vitamins and minerals. You are correct, some grains have phytates that can reduce absorption of certain minerals, however this usually is only an issue for people who are deficient in the first place. If this is something that you are concerned with, then you may sprout or soak the grains.
There are some foods that enhance nutrient absorption and other foods that inhibit it...for some examples see this post here:

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