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Friday, July 8, 2011

The Best Food

Last week we discussed The Best Exercise.  I got a lot of interesting responses and inquiries on the topic.  This week we will discuss the best food.  What one food would you choose if you could only eat one food the rest of your life?

This topic is much harder than last weeks!  There is probably nothing more important than having a varied diet.  Our bodies need so many nutrients to be healthy.  It is impossible to choose just one food to cover all bases!

For the sake of this discussion we need to keep a few factors in mind.

  1. Taste:  You have to like the food if you are going to eat it the rest of your life!
  2. Nutrient Density:  The food needs to have enough nutrients to sustain life.
  3. Caloric Density:  Broccoli is great, and an essential food in my opinion, but has very few calories.  1lb of broccoli has about 150cal.  So you would have to eat about 13lb of broccoli to reach just under 2000cal for the day!  It would be very difficult to eat that much broccoli every day!
I am choosing the EGG!

  1. Taste:  I love eggs!  I eat 4 or more every day!  They can be prepared in a variety of ways; scrambled, poached, over easy, sunny side up... so I will never (at least for a couple weeks) get bored eating them.
  2. Nutrient DensityEggs are packed with Vitamins A, D, Riboflavin, Folate, B12, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Phosphorus and Selenium.  Eggs also contain adequate amounts of E, Thiamin, B6, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper and Manganese.  The nutrients eggs really lack are C, K and Niacin.
  3. Caloric Density:  Eggs have little to no carbohydrates, but eggs contain a very high amount of fats and proteins which makes the egg very calorie dense.
Anecdotal Reasoning:
Eggs sustain and develop life.  An egg contains all the essential components to produce a fully functional bird, reptile, amphibian or fish.  If an egg can produce a fully functional animal then I feel it is adequate to sustain human life.

So what food are you choosing?  No cheating!  You can't say "Pizza with 20 toppings on it!"  You have to pick one single food and let me know why.

3 comments:

Backstrap, I love vegetarians. That's mainly what I eat. Except the occasional mountain lion steak.

Must counter the carnivore . . . I recommend quinoa:

Nutrient Value per 100 grams
Proximates
Water 71.61
Energy 120
Energy 503
Protein 4.40
Total lipid (fat) 1.92
Ash 0.76
Carbohydrate, by difference 21.30
Fiber, total dietary 2.8
Starch 17.63

Calcium, Ca 17
Iron, Fe 1.49
Magnesium, Mg 64
Phosphorus, P 152
Potassium, K 172
Sodium, Na 7
Zinc, Zn 1.09
Copper, Cu 0.192
Manganese, Mn 0.631
Selenium, Se 2.8

Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 0.0
Thiamin 0.107
Riboflavin 0.110
Niacin 0.412
Vitamin B-6 0.123
Folate, total 42
Folic acid 0
Folate, food 42
Folate, DFE 42
Vitamin B-12 0.00
Vitamin A, RAE 0
Retinol 0
Vitamin A, IU 5
Vitamin E 0.63
Tocopherol, beta 0.03
Tocopherol, gamma 1.19
Tocopherol, delta 0.11
Lipids
Cholesterol 0
Amino acids
Tryptophan 0.052
Threonine 0.131
Isoleucine 0.157
Leucine 0.261
Lysine 0.239
Methionine 0.096
Cystine 0.063
Phenylalanine 0.185
Tyrosine 0.083
Valine 0.185
Arginine 0.340
Histidine 0.127
Alanine 0.183
Aspartic acid 0.353
Glutamic acid 0.580
Glycine 0.216
Proline 0.240
Serine 0.176
USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 23 (2010)

I LOVE a good backstrap! But I'd have to agree with "Anonymous", quinoa is a much better choice. For survival you need as many nutrients as you can get, and quinoa has a variety of vitamins and minerals. Quinoa also has a good balance of carbs, proteins and fats. But it does lack some key nutrients, mainly vitamin C. Same problem with eggs! That's why there really is no 1 perfect food, we need variety to be healthy.

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