October 30, 2013

Food is Fuel

Chapter Two

Food is Fuel

“Sugar is a type of bodily fuel, yes, but your body runs about as well on it as a car would”

~ V.L. Allineare

Food is fuel, and we are lucky to be living in this time when we’re able to enjoy a wide variety of metabolic fuels for our bodies.  The dietary sources of our metabolic fuels are carbohydrates, fats, and protein.  Alcohol is also a metabolic fuel, but we won’t cover it in this book, since there is a not a great deal of room for alcohol in a well-functioning body.  The bottom line on alcohol is moderation; studies show a little alcohol may actually be good for digestion.  One glass of red wine a day be be quite healthy, but that doesn’t mean you should drink it daily and create an addiction.  Occasionally is more like it.

If we have more metabolic fuel than our body can use, it is stored as fat, and one can become obese.  Not enough fuel and one will be malnourished, which has a number of risk factors associated with it.  Under nutrition is a problem, but it is not the basis of this book and we won’t talk about the health problems related to it.  The world at large is facing an over nourished epidemic.  In other  words, the world is becoming obese.  It was estimated that in 2005, for the first time in human history, there were more overweight and obese people than underweight and hungry people on our planet!  Although we are getting heavier, that doesn’t necessarily translate to healthier.  In fact, many obese people still suffer from under nutrition because they aren’t  getting the right amount of nutrients.

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