Now, I do agree that Konstantins tone was too abrasive. Just give me the facts please. Anyway, today on MDA we had Mark himself weigh in with his take on fiber ... basically on vegetable fiber.
Here it is in a nutshell:
- Soluble fiber can be fermented by bacteria in our colon with benefits to our immune system and short chain fatty acid production, along with some unwanted gas and gut discomfort.
- Insoluble fiber cannot be broken down anywhere in our system and does not help with constipation.
- He's going to continue to eat his Big Ass Salad every day (which, along with some protein, appears to be very high in insoluble fiber)
WTF am I missing? Is there a disconnect here or is it just me? Why are green leaves so friggin sacred? WHY? A few here and there - fine. But the Big Ass Salad is basically his lunch every day.
Alright, I don't want to come across as hating on Mark. I just happen to disagree with him on the salad thing. He is a super nice guy who genuinely is in this game to improve people's health and gives out oodles of free information to back that up. He's da man. However, it's all about soluble fiber kids. And bacteria. We should be eating some soluble fiber (but not an excessive amount) and taking care to also ingest a variety of bacteria. Here is a link to one of the best articles I've found on the subject (by an expert in the field no less ... Dr. Art Ayers).
Leaves, stalks and grasses? Let ruminants break those things down ... and then eat the meat of those ruminants Okay, I'm getting off my soap box now.