johnseed wrote:I know that there is no consensus on this question. I guess I was wondering what Dale Bredesen's flexitarian diet recommends? Is 3oz of animal protein the same as 3 oz of animal flesh? ie does 3 oz of flesh contain 3 oz of protein? Is all animal flesh, red meat, white meat, fish, shellfish etc the same from this perspective?
In addressing the ketoflex diet in his book, Dr Bredesen wrote:
2. The flex in Ketoflex 12/3 refers to a flexitarian diet. This is a largely plant-based diet with an emphasis on vegetables, especially nonstarchy ones…Some fish, poultry, and meat are fine but remember that meat is a condiments, not a main course. Ideally, you would limit your consumption of meat to just a few ounces a day. One rule of thumb is to consume one gram of protein for each kilogram of your weight….Furthermore, quantity is not the only important guideline, quality is also a consideration: the type of fish or meat is important, as I’ll detail below.
Then later, what I think he's referring to about quality of meat:
9. Meat is a condiment, not the main course Men need about 50 to 70 grams of protein each day and women about 40 to 50...Much beyond that may contribute to our carbohydrate burden by a process called transamination...If you eat meat, try to get pastured chicken or grass-fed beef, because these preserve a good omega-3 (anti-inflammatory) to omega-6 (pro-inflammatory) ratio, thus reducing their inflammatory character. ...Similarly, eggs should be from chickens that are pastured, not factory raised, because such eggs also preserve a healthy omega-3 to omega-t ratio.
Dr Bredesen also talks about larger fish living longer and tending to have more mercury, he talks about "SMASH" fish, preferably wild-caught SMASH fish. SMASH being an acronym for Salmon, Mackerel, Anchovies, Sardines and Herring being safer. He also talks about arsenic being present in chicken.
In appendix A under the column of "Eat Frequently" Dr Bredesen lists wild-caught fish, especially SMASH fish and pastured eggs. Pastured chicken and grass fed beef fall under the "eat less frequently" column. In the "avoid if possible" column, he includes dairy and high-mercury fish such as tuna, shark, and swordfish.