Misleading Research, Vegetables, and Traditional Preperation
"Apart from causing malnutrition through the damage to the digestive system, plant foods are a very poor source of nutrients to start with. But what about all those tables published in popular nutrition books, which show that plants are full of nourishment, you would ask? All those B vitamins, proteins and carotenoids? Yes, when we analyze different plant foods in a laboratory, they show good amounts of various nutrients. This information is then published in common nutritional literature, luring vegetarians into a false sense of security. Unfortunately, these tables of nutrient content of plants are deceptive. Why? Because, in a laboratory we can use all sorts of methods and chemicals for extracting nutrients from plants: methods which our human digestive system does not possess. Human gut has a very limited ability to digest plants and to extract anything useful from them. Nature has created herbivorous animals (ruminants) to eat plants and in order for them to be able to digest these plants, Nature has equipped them with a very special digestive system: it is very long with several stomachs full of special plant-breaking bacteria. The human digestive system is similar to the gut of predatory animals, such as wolves and lions: our digestive system is fairly short and we have only one stomach with virtually no bacteria in it."
"People knew that plant foods are hard for humans to digest, that is why all traditional cultures have developed methods for food preparation to extract more nutrition from plants and to make them more digestible, such as fermentation, malting, sprouting and special ways of cooking. Unfortunately, in our modern world these methods are largely forgotten."
- Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, Gut and Psychology Syndrome