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Iffy science, good advice
on 2 March 2015
I do agree with much of the book's ethos in terms of changing the way we think about food to break its hold on us, and was cheered to find that many of the conclusions I have come to personally regarding being overweight were also drawn here.
However, I started to falter once I got to the "glue and mucus/ pus" chapters, as there are several points to which I take exception as a molecular biologist, namely:
1. Whilst all the flour and water = glue, stick a piece of paper to the wall stuff is true, this does not follow that this is what happens in your gut. There are many digestive enzymes which break down the carbohydrates into their component sugars for easy transfer through the gut wall and into your bloodstream, so the idea of glue lining your gut walls simply is not true.
2. The same is true of milk, most people are perfectly able to digest it, and as for the "milk has pus cells in it", well if you were adverse to eating cells, then you wouldn't eat any meat at all, an immune cell is no different to digest than a muscle cell. And don't forget plants are made of cells too!
Of course some people are indeed intolerant to these foods and cannot digest them properly, but I think these will know who they are. For the rest of us, they are all too easily digested, and I definitely would agree that it is not a good idea to be eating too many cheese sandwiches if you want to lose weight (shed pounds! caught myself there).