SUMMARY: Government Industry Funded Lies Are Breaking Bones
God it's brutal bad.
So this is from the Recommended Dietary Allowances from 1989. This is from the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and so forth. This gets referenced by the USDA. This is like "the" document for nutritional recommendations at the top level of US government. Verstehen? (Verstehen = "Understand" in German).
Okay now, as you probably don't know, nutritionists recommend maintaining a balance of Calcium and Phosphorus in the diet. And they recommend favoring Calcium. Why?
- Calcium is alkaline and Phosphorous is acidic and the body thrives as alkaline (7.4 ph) and would die if it became acidic.
- Phosphorus is easily absorbed and Calcium is less easily absorbed.
- "Having too much phosphorus in the body is actually more common and more worrisome than having too little. Too much phosphorus is generally caused by kidney disease or by consuming too much dietary phosphorus and not enough dietary calcium. As the amount of phosphorus you eat rises, so does the need for calcium. The delicate balance between calcium and phosphorus is necessary for proper bone density and prevention of osteoporosis." http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/phosphorus-000319.htm
- "Too much phosphate (phosphorus) can be toxic. It can cause diarrhea and calcification (hardening) of organs and soft tissue, and can interfere with the body's ability to use iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc." http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/phosphorus-000319.htm
Now read this carefully
"Nutritionists recommend a balance of calcium and phosphorus in the diet. The typical Western diet, however, contains roughly 2 - 4 times more phosphorus than calcium. Meat and poultry contain 10 - 20 times as much phosphorus as calcium, and carbonated beverages such as colas have as much as 500 mg of phosphorus in one serving. When there is more phosphorus than calcium in the body, the body will use calcium stored in bones. This can cause osteoporosis (brittle bones) and lead to gum and teeth problems. A balance of dietary calcium and phosphorus can lower the risk of osteoporosis."
Okay so quick summary, too much phosphorus = bad, and it is supposed to be balanced with Ca. If you read the RDA's or check out this government site http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/calcium/#h2 you will see that the RDA's http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=1349 mention that balance of Ca and P is important.
Now it's also important to realize that the balance is a molar ratio. A molar ratio basically means that it's balancing them atom to atom, not gram to gram.
Molar mass (molecular weight) of Ca is 40.0784 g/mol
Molar mass (molecular weight) of P is 30.9738 g/mol
So 40.0784g/mol:30.9738g/mol = a 1:1 ratio of Ca:P
In other words, if you have 800 milligrams of Calcium and 800 milligrams of Phosphorus is that balanced? No. It favors P.
If you have 800 Ca and 700 P is that balanced? No. But not because it favors Ca. It favors P.
For 800 Ca to be balanced, P has to be as low as 618 milligrams.
Meaning, if you have 800 Ca and 625 milligrams P, that is a ratio FAVORING P.
The nutritionists, government, and doctors are all saying the ratio ought to favor Ca. They say it should because of the danger of osteoporosis. They say that when you have more P than Ca, Calcium is literally leeched out of your bones. Wow! This sounds important! I would like to have a Ca:P ratio that is balanced so that I can keep my bone strength! Now I recently also read that load bearing exercise is vital for this. I will talk about it later but basically the textbook is saying that your bones need to be worked to maintain calcium (it's not just like bones are somewhere in between wood and rocks and just stay the way they are).
Anyhow, okay so let's get Ca favored in the diet, now how should we do that? Well the page I'm showing reveals that they are completely ignorant of the Ca:P ratios in many fruit, because here's what the direct quotation is "Only milk, natural cheeses, green leafy vegetables, and bone contain more calcium than phosphorous."
What? ONLY? I'm sorry did they not look at the profile of Figs? Did they not look at the profile of Papaya? That beats the tits off milk. How about... ORANGES.
Papaya contains 24 mgs of Ca for every 5 mgs of P.
Oranges contain 43:23
Figs contain 35:14
Fix your shit National Academy Press.
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