The Ice Diet

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DESCRIPTION: The water content of plant foods may help explain why those eating plant-based diets are, on average, so slim. Can ice be thought of as having even “fewer” calories than water since the body has to warm it up? The reference to phytonutrients that alter gut flora was an allusion to yesterday’s video-of-the-day (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/tipping-the-balance-of-firmicutes-to-bacteroidetes/). Not only is fiber also calorie-free, but one might think of it in the same snow cone “negative calorie” light, given the fermentation of fiber in our bowel into anti-obesity compounds (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/fawning-over-flora/) as well as anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer compounds (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/boosting-good-bacteria-in-the-colon-without-probiotics/). Tomorrow we’ll continue with the obesity prevention theme with Diet vs. Exercise for Weight Loss (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/diet-or-exercise-whats-more-important-for-weight-loss/), one of the videos I featured in my full 2012 presentation Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/uprooting-the-leading-causes-of-death/).

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