[quote]David Barr wrote:
Since it was my post, I am wondering if the premise behind this type of supplementation even makes sense.
Can you basically break a nutrient, or whatever they are breaking down, into its individual parts and ingest only portions and still receive the same benefits?
For the record, it was a great question. Any time you can stimulate discussion like that, and get answers to an age-old question, you know you’ve done well.
As for this question, the answer is; it depends.
For protein, you can break it down, suck back the amino’s and get a similar effect (digestion/absorption differences aside).
But for whole foods are pretty complicated, and we’re always learning about cool new substances that prevent cancer, improve insulin sensitivity etc.
So right now, we can’t just take individual components to get the same benefits, simply because we don’t know what all of the components are!
Another great Q![/quote]
Additionally, the simple act of chewing is fairly important to the digestive process is it not? It would seem that if