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Hi! Thanks for your column. I'm trying to do 2 things at one time: live right 4 my type and reverse diabetes (pursuant to Dr Julian Whitaker's book, _Reversing Diabetes_. The RD program prefers fish oil to flaxseed oil as a supplemental source of omega-3 fatty acids, because "ALA [alpha-linolenic acid] has already been converted to the more useful EPA [eicosapentaenoic acid] and DHA [docosahexaenoic acid]". However, LR4YT lists flaxseed oil as beneficial for Os (that would be "moi") and fish oil as neutral. Does the alleged conversion advantage justify my taking fish oil instead of flaxseed oil? At the moment, trying to keep a "foot in both camps", I'm alternating both! Thanks for your insight. Shay
Good idea, Shay! Taking both is fine, and that goes for any other neutral food which you want to use for specific purposes. It's only the avoids I'd stay away from! :-)
Hi, Heidi! Suppose an O-type person wanted to eat 8 ounces of protein a day, 4 ounces for lunch and 4 ounces for supper. What would be the relative value of eating beef (beneficial) at both meals versus eating beef at one meal and rotating among poultry, fish, and an equivalent amount of soy-based nutrition bars and/or drinks, all neutral but with a variety of nutrients different from beef and with less cholesterol? Thanks for your column. Shay
Well, rotating foods is certainly the way to go. However, there are only so many meals in a day or week, so I'd be inclined to choose beneficial protein sources (and vegetables, etc., naturally) over neutrals -- especially when resolving a health issue -- and in the case of type O, flesh proteins rather than plant proteins. Remember that high serum cholesterol is not caused by eating foods containing cholesterol -- 90% that cholesterol is produced in the liver, and hypercholesterolemia is a result of eating the wrong foods, which impacts all the organs of the body. The concern over beef's cholesterol level is one of those food pyramid boondoggles we BTD'ers can discard with assurance!
I do support your desire to vary your protein meals and ensure an optimal variety of nutrients... but the beneficials will certainly cover all needs in that department. I suggest a melange of meats and fish, with eggs, nuts, seeds and nutritional yeast for good measure. Shay, let me know how it's going with defeating that diabetes, and many thanks for your messages!!