Archives for: October 2002, 07
Where can I find vegetable glycerin you spoke about? Can you substitute it for honey? Is it equally acceptable for all blood types? I don't know anything about it. Can you talk about it please. Maddy
Help...STAT!In one of your responses to an O woman whose GI tract had been ravaged by erythromycin, you listed a protocol from a German using rice, blueberries & mineral water. Later in the same article, you suggested the use of vegetable glycerine, but not how or how much. Can you clarify with a quick answer? Thanks much. You're all doing a great job. Joyce
Hi Heidi; I own a small health food shop and am a firm believer in the Blood Type Diet. There have been several references on this web site about vegetable glycerine being used for diabetics as a blood sugar stablizier and, most recently, as a sweetener for O non-secretors. There are no instructions for use on the bottles I purchased for the shop. Would you please give some quidelines for usage? I have several customers that are asking for this information. Thanks. Sharon in Alaska
Greetings, Ladies ~ As Sharon noted, veg gly bottle labels do not specify dosages for medical conditions. If they did, they'd be in violation of the law. :-} Since it is not an FDA-approved drug, its manufacturers legally cannot in any way advertise (label) it as a treatment for health problems. The most they can say is that it's pure and edible ~ you will see that note on the bottle.
So, keeping the protocol advocated by Peter's mentor in mind, substitute it in every case where sugar, saccharine, aspartame, honey, molasses, or any other sweetening agent would be used. It will quietly but effectively help resolve hypoglycemia, diabetes, and insulin resistance -- as long as the appropriate blood type diet is followed, naturally! If someone continues eating all the wrong foods, especially a "wheatitarian" diet, adding a supplemental sweetener will have little more effect than that of a pea-shooter against a Sherman tank. There is no standard dosage, but that's OK ~ just think of it as a healing food, and use it freely!
Dear Heidi: I am an O, non-secretor. Since we cannot use certain vegetables, I thought I saw that vegetable glycerine is made from coconut oil, and if that is true, can we O non-secretors still use it as coconut is an avoid for us. I thank you for all your suggestions you give us whether they are for my type or not because they help me structure more into the way of thinking about and eating the correct types of foods for my body and I try to evaluate myself as I continue. Gwen
How can vegetable glycerine be OK for all types when it has coconut oil? I'd really like to try it! Thanks ~ carolyn (0+sec)
Hello Heidi, again, Sorry, I overlooked the "lectin-free" bit for vegetable glycerine, derived from coconuts. So it really is quite safe? I wonder if it's available in Holland. Don't much feel like ordering it all the way from USA! It would cost as much as the bottle? Cheers, Liesbeth
Hey there, Gwen & Carolyn ~ In Peter's explanation, above:
"Glycerine(ol) is a trihydric alcohol (not a carbohydrate), and is the building block of all plant oils and nearly all animal fats."
Glycerine is properly called "glycerol." It's found all over the place in plant & animal fats in the form of glycerides. Now: an alcohol does not contain the lectin present in the substance from which it was processed. Glycerine is plain old CH2OHCHOHCH2OH, nothing more, nothing less. This is also not the kind of 'alcohol' found in beer, wine & spirits ~~ that's "ethanol". So whether your glycerine comes from palm oil, coconut oil, or whatever: as long as it is labelled as 100% pure glycerine and OK for ingestion, it is safe, safe, safe for everybody! :-D
Hello, Liesbeth ~ I am sure there are glycerine manufacturers in Europe. It has been used in medical laboratory applications and in herbal compounds for many years. I went to www.alltheweb.com/advanced and entered "glycerine" as the main search term, then specified results in Dutch. There were over 1400 hits, and many of them appeared to be sales sites for food-grade glycerine. Do the search and see what you find! :-)
Hello Heidi! Great job with the column :-) I read with great interest your mention of glycerine as being an acceptable sweetener for O's. I followed the attached link for the NOW glycerine, but there was no mention of the source so I called the company and was told it was palm oil, not coconut. Is it still ok? Do I need to search out a brand whose source is coconut? I did an extensive web search and wasn't able to come up with many other sources that weren't selling it in 55lb tubs! As a fellow O nonnie I'd appreciate any insight or additional information you have on this. Also, do you know why stevia is an avoid for O non-secretors? It seems the most natural sugar alternative as well as having been an ingredient in the original O bar. Thanks!! Dianne
Heidi, I have extensively researched this and have not found a single maker of ingestible vegetable glycerine that uses coconut as their source. All the manufacturers I have contacted derive their glycerine from palm oil. I checked Typebase and palm oil is not listed. Is it o.k. for O non-secretors? I know you're swamped with questions, but I purchased a bottle and don't want to open it unless I know it's not an avoid (I can still return it to Whole Foods). Thanks a bunch! Dianne
Hi, Dianne! :-) No matter what its source, it's going to be CH2OHCHOHCH2OH plain and simple. No room for a lectin in there! The label on the NOW bottle I have specifies coconut, but we doan' care. :-D It is a BLESSING for nonsecretors, especially we near-sweetenerless Os. Tastes just like sugar, works like a charm in baked goods (even adds a bit of leavening), and actually helps normalize our metabolisms. See the link to the Harvest Moon page, above, for the 16-oz bottles.
About stevia: years ago, Steve Shapiro broke off a leaf from one of his stevia plants and handed it to me. He said that stevia was used medicinally in South America, and questioned its new popularity as a "sweeten anything" product. I noticed a tiny funny/woozy feeling from eating that fresh leaf ~ nothing to phone home about, but there was a little something going on. I do not know exactly why Peter specified stevia as an O-non avoid ~ but I trust my own reactions, and I think Steve & Peter both had good points there.
Often, people feel frustrated by the limitations suggested by the BTD because they feel they are missing out on the widely advertised benefits of a product -- like stevia or algae or wheat germ -- and later discover that these one-size-fits-all benefits turned out to be a waste of money (or much worse) in their individual case. At least on the sweetener front, we now have a great alternative for everyone ~ so pop over to your HFS (or that webpage) and stock up! :-D
Hi Heidi! I still haven't contacted Solaray about the red yeast rice. But in one month of taking it, my cholesterol number fell (down from 346 and 300 on the last two tests, respectively) to 208! So it definitely works. My problem is: is it working because I'm taking a drug? Ack! I'm looking into that and will report back. I don't have the HDL/LDL breakdown at the moment anyway. But my real reason for writing right now is that I can't find vegetable glycerine on TYPEbase. Sounds like you eat it, so it should be fine for O-NS? If so, that's got to be a huge step up from molasses, LOL! And even for me, a B-NS, it's a nice change from honey or even rice syrup, both of which impart a distinct flavor. Anyway, any plans to get it on the list? Is there anyone who can't have it? Kathy
Hey there, Kathy ~ Yeah, red yeast rice is little short of miraculous for lowering high cholesterol. I am SO happy about your results so far!! No, it's not a 'drug' ~ although drugs have been designed "from" it. Now, go back and read that Chinese Red Yeast Rice site!! LOL!
We'll be adding veg gly to TYPEbase 3, and thanks for the reminder ~ and the progress report! Take care, dear! :-)
. . . and many thanks to everyone!!! :-D