“A wave of self-proclaimed lactose-intolerant Danes has flushed over the counter with me. “Can you mix my food so I don’t get lactose?” Or, ‘It is not at all supposed that we humans should consume lactose, because our body is not built for it.’ These are some of the comments I get from my guests. I understand it really well because we are tried daily through various media to convince just this. But the fact is that since the Stone Age man has had milk on the menu and has therefore genetically evolved to be able to digest and burn food based on milk. Only approx. five percent of Denmark’s population suffers from documented lactose intolerance and thus lacks the enzyme lactase to break down milk sugar.
So, although soy latte and tofu ice cream may taste good, a fraction of us need to consider these industrially produced products as a substitute for milk. If you experience, for example, stomach problems when you are taking lactose, get it first or foremost from a specialist. Because by removing lactose completely from your diet you not only make eating a lot more tedious and cumbersome, you also run the risk of missing essential vitamins and minerals in your daily diet. ”
A diet with more fruits and vegetables, more berries, nuts and mushrooms, and much more meat, fish and eggs. Processed foods as well as all cereal products, bread and pasta are a no-go. So are rice, potatoes, sugar and corn oil, sunflower oil and grape seed oil. You also need to save on beans, salt, and milk products.
“ ‘I should have no starch at all,’ is probably the most widespread Stone Age commentary on the counter. And just that restriction makes it difficult to eat varied enough in my opinion. Starch is found in ingredients such as root vegetables, potatoes, and many other vegetables, and by completely excluding them the Stone Age people lose important vitamin-rich sources in the diet. But the Stone Age diet also contains a host of very healthy foods you can’t put your finger on. Add to that that it is recommended not to eat too much sugar and other actually superfluous ingredients.
‘I just need to double up on orders!’ The most striking thing to me about the Stone Age diet is that the formulation ‘more meat’ contains a massive intake of meat, which is often seen right up to approx. 50 percent of the total dietary intake – and here the alarm bells should ring. Even with a small intake of meat, it leaves little to no vegetables or fruit. It can result in a lack of vitamins and minerals. Cereal products and beans are completely and partially banished and therefore some of the major fiber sources in the daily diet are excluded. It can be difficult to control your hunger without the saturating fibers that the body takes a long time to break down. The result can be a very unstable blood sugar level.
A dedication to a stone-age diet should, therefore, be very well considered in relation to, for example, your activity level and the increased need your body has for vitamins, fiber and carbohydrates when you are very active on a daily basis. But is it healthy or unhealthy? In conclusion, in my opinion, in the Stone Age diet, you should include a higher intake of cereal products and a smaller intake of meat in order to strike the right balance in your diet and be sure that you are supplying your body with all the essential nutrients needed to to be really healthy. ”
100 percent vegetable diet – no meat, fish, seafood, and foods containing, for example, gelatin, fish sauce or any milk products. Honey and insects are also excluded.
“ ‘I don’t eat meat, because vegetarians are healthier than meat-eaters, and vegans are even healthier! ‘It is, in fact, correct, but only if you look at it very much in relation to, for example, lifestyle diseases. If you fine-tune the diet itself, there is no evidence to appoint a winner. However, a vegan lifestyle is most often associated with a generally healthier lifestyle, such as more exercise and awareness of the foods you consume, and hence the initial conclusion.
‘I eat a lot of lentils and beans so I get my protein and my minerals,‘ is also one of the frequent comments. A comment that suggests to me that many vegans do not actually have enough knowledge of what a vegan diet should actually contain. So you have to be very careful about taking the vegan diet – or just a vegetarian diet. In fact, I would think that you need to be thoroughly acquainted with the nutritional content of the various foods and the body’s needs for them, as well as being a great food enthusiast to know all the vegan protein, mineral and vitamin sources. The risk is thus a body with a lack of essential nutrients because there simply is not enough knowledge about the vegan diet to live it. ”
Organic foods must be free of all synthetic chemicals both directly and indirectly. Organic foods must not be genetically altered in any way.
“‘Why aren’t your salads organic when it’s healthier?’ Actually a really good question, but also a pure jungle to navigate around when it comes to true and false. The fact is that organic goods cost more than conventional ones, and for that reason, few people have the budget to live 100 percent organic, unfortunately.
Unfortunately, because organic raw materials are healthier in many areas, though not necessarily nutritionally. It has simply not been possible so far to conduct durable studies on, for example, the life of organic eating vs. one who eats conventionally throughout life, like so many other conditions such as pollution, smoking, and exercises come into play. Compared to other countries, Denmark has strict legislation regarding the use of pesticides in food, and the most harmful to health is actually banned. However, it is not an argument for eating conventionally prepared foods completely carefree, as they still contain pesticides and other substances that may be harmful both in the short and long term.
‘I only eat the organic carrots, because they contain a lot more beta carotene,’ is also a recluse. Unfortunately, there is no evidence to adequately say that organic foods, including carrots, contain more vitamins and minerals. Because they do not and are therefore a little square, no healthier than conventional foods. Except for one point: Organically produced vegetables and fruits contain several of the so-called polyphenols, which in the human body act as important antioxidants, which include are beneficial to the heart and the body’s immune system in general.
The conclusion must, therefore, be that although it is a good story that would improve both climate and animal welfare all over the world, there is no team in eating organic because it is healthier than conventional. My personal advice would be to focus at least as much on the season as on ecology in your daily purchases. Indeed, there is actually a higher documented vitamin and mineral content in locally produced seasonal foods compared to non-seasonal foods. Therefore, eat your strawberries in the summer, deselect tomatoes in the fall, enjoy all the Danish root vegetables in the winter, and fill yourself with green asparagus in the spring. Then you eat healthily! ”
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Here you do not consume any kind of wheat, rye or barley – neither in whole, cracked or ground. This applies even down to small percentages in food.
“Gluten-free diets are probably the biggest and most popular dietary direction/restriction in recent years. And again, there is a lot of confusion about what gluten really is. For example, I meet lots of people and guests who eat and live a gluten-free life, but still consume rye bread, spelled and other wheat products. Typically, I hear, ‘I shouldn’t have the brown rice, because I don’t eat gluten.’ Or, ‘I’ve gotten used to my body not eating gluten.’
Gluten is a protein, not to be confused with carbohydrate. However, the protein is most often found in carbohydrate-rich products such as wheat flour. what makes bread rise and become airy and delicious. That is why there are also many bread makers who use wheat with extra high gluten content simply because we consumers love the effect that gluten has on bread, for example. Unlike lactose, the human body does not need gluten, and there are more and more Danes who are actually diagnosed with celiac disease – the scientific term for a gluten allergy.
But again, there must be obvious symptoms such as the irritable stomach, unclean skin and a number of other things in order for you to be suspicious of gluten. If not, jumping on the popular gluten-free cures inspired by, for example, Stone Age diets can be detrimental to health. If you do not consume whole grain products and dietary fiber, it can lead to unpleasant constipation and a generally very poor function in the gastrointestinal tract. If you are physically active, it is even more essential that the body is supplied with fuel in the form of carbohydrates from whole grains, and you will miss this if gluten is completely removed from your diet for no reason.