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Perspective: Tricks of the Trade Related to Appetite

Perspective: Tricks of the trade : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

Perspective: Tricks of the trade : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

But this approach misses a fundamental point. The obesity problem is best understood not as the result of the overconsumption of a single macronutrient, but from a skewing of the proportion of each macronutrient in our diet — notably the dwindling quantity of protein in processed food products. The paucity of protein relative to fats and carbohydrates in processed foods drives the overconsumption of total energy as our bodies seek to maintain a target level of protein intake.

As long as the animal eats the foods that it evolved to consume, this balance is maintained. The trouble comes when it eats a diet with a disproportionate quantity of a particular macronutrient, either because of a lack of appropriate foods in the environment or because its appetite control systems have been fooled or subverted. This is now happening in humans, as we live in a foodscape scarcely recognizable to our forebears.

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If I understand the Nature article correctly, it is because we consume foods that we have not evolved to consume that we throw off our internal appetite sensors.

Yep, and also I got, the processed foods are low in protein; which makes us keep eating, because the foods are not giving our bodies what they need.

So the body most needs protein and it can do okay with low-to-no carbs?

Seems like it.

Which is why more nutritionists are advocating eating fat to reduce cravings of carbs.

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