Ray Peat recommends having a daily carrot for intestinal health. What's the mechanism by which it helps? If it just kills bacteria, both good and bad, I can't see how it would be positive. Or does it kill just bad bacteria?
GT said:@cliff, I have been asked this before and am not quite sure of the answer but what would you say when someone says I thought Ray Peat was against eating fiber/pulp. so how come it is okay to eat the fiber from the carrot?
cliff said:The fiber can't really be broken down to feed bacteria so it passes through you like a sort of sweep and helps to eliminate estrogen by bulking up your poop and keeping you regular. It has an antibiotic effect because it starves the bacteria of food.
j. said:Ray Peat recommends having a daily carrot for intestinal health. What's the mechanism by which it helps? If it just kills bacteria, both good and bad, I can't see how it would be positive. Or does it kill just bad bacteria?
WilltoBelieve said:Peat's research shows that cellulose is the type of fiber that increases transit time and reduces estrogen without known negative effects. He has also written that it can be taken with coconut oil and vinegar. Some of the fats in coconut oil are antimicrobial. I don't see that the carrot itself is antimicrobial... but that the coconut oil can be delivered via the carrot to the gut, where the antimicrobial and other properties of the Coconut oil could act.
There must be some other acceptable sources of cellulose besides just carrot and bamboo shoots... Maybe parsnips (you know, the white carrot like roots...)
I believe that iceberg lettuce is primarily cellulose, but the leaves may contain "radioactive cesium"... by its sweet taste I think a small amount would be otherwise acceptable somewhere beneath the grated carrot assuming it's (the Iceberglettuce) organic and doesn't have the cesium. haha.
Can anyone think of other sources of cellulose that are good and meet the criteria for consumption?