On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m answering 5 of your questions, including: are liquid aminos and nutritional yeast healthy?
It’s about to get interactive on episode 7 of our #LLTV Q&A series, as I attempt to answer 5 more of your great questions, in 5 minutes.
1. Are liquid aminos and nutritional yeast healthy?
2. What are my thoughts on the Master Cleanse Diet?
3. What are my thoughts on the Dr. Oz endorsed Green Coffee Bean weight loss “miracle”?
4. How do you get enough calcium on the Paleo Diet?
5. What are good bread substitutes for making sandwiches?
Be sure to keep reading to learn all my answers to these questions.
I’ve made your chicken fajita salad recipe, but substituted nutritional yeast and liquid aminos, for the cumin and oregano. It was really good. Any thoughts on nutritional yeast or liquid aminos, or is it just a glorified soy sauce?
The macronutrient breakdown of nutritional yeast is impressive, as it’s primarily made up of protein.
Nutritional yeast macronutrient ratio:
Nutritional yeast is also a good food substitution for cheese, since it has a cheesy flavor.
I don’t have an issue with nutritional yeast, since it is a pretty natural food alternative.
So go ahead and enjoy it.
However, when it comes to liquid aminos, I have a little bit of an issue, since it’s made from soybeans.
Even if the soybeans are non-gmo (i.e. non-genetically modified), they are still the unfermented type.
As I’ve always said, stay away from consuming soybeans and soy products.
However, if you do consume soy products, make sure they are the fermented type, such as miso and tempeh, not tofu.
Since liquid aminos are not fermented, I would recommend you stay away from liquid aminos, and enjoy the nutritional yeast.
Brad, can you tell us about the Master Cleanse Detox diet?
Oh yes, the Master Cleanse Detox diet.
Where should I start with this one?
The Master Cleanse Detox diet is a 10 day diet where you don’t eat any food, you just drink liquids.
This protocol is supposed to detox your body.
Although it may do that, my issue is this is not a lifestyle.
You know, I am all about providing healthy and sustainable strategies, that are designed to help you Live Lean, 365 days a year.
You cannot maintain this Master Cleanse Detox diet past 10 days.
And I know it’s not intended to be a long term diet, however the results may also not be sustainable.
I was reading a few case studies on people that did the Master Cleanse Detox diet, and some of them lost weight, including a famous celebrity, Beyonce.
From what I heard, Beyonce did the 10 day Master Cleanse Detox diet and lost a bunch of weight for her role in the movie Dream Girls.
However, a lot of these people put the weight back on afterwards, because they obviously couldn’t maintain such a low calorie diet.
People who completed the 10 day Master Cleanse Detox diet also reported to lose muscle mass and lacked energy.
Based on all of this, I would not recommend the 10 day Master Cleanse Detox diet.
That’s the simple message.
There are no quick fixes for sustainable health.
Move your body, eat real food.
Wondering about the Green Coffee Bean theory from Dr. Oz. Is this something that can help you lose weight?
I have a lot of respect for Dr. Oz, as I feel like he is a good guy, and I like his Eastern methods of preventing issues, rather than just medicating them.
But at the end of the day, he’s the host of a TV show, so to get the ratings, they have to use big headlines.
You know the headlines, like:
But, come on, let’s be realistic here.
If the green coffee bean supplement was a magical pill, it would be hugely marketed right now, everybody would know about it, and the stock price would be through the roof.
If I remember correctly, during the Dr. Oz Show, they did a 2 week study with the audience.
From my understanding, half of the audience took a placebo and the other half supplemented with the green coffee bean pills.
Then the people who took the green coffee bean supplement had to track the foods they were eating in a food diary.
So think about it.
What do you think happens when most people have to track their food intake in a diary?
Since they have to track their food intake, they are less likely to binge on bad foods.
If I remember correctly, based on the results of the 2 week study, the people who supplemented with the green coffee bean lost, on average, 1 or 2 pounds per week.
If you know anything about personal training or fitness, an average weight loss from following a healthy diet and exercising, is approximately 1 to 2 pounds per week.
So the people who supplemented with green coffee bean pills didn’t really have extraordinary results by any stretch.
But as I mentioned before, spend your money on real food and move your body by working out.
This question is from username: Hanna93 on YouTube.
I’m thinking of going paleo, but I’m worried about not getting enough calcium without dairy in my diet. Do you take supplements or are there other non-dairy foods that are high in calcium?
One of the first questions people have when they are thinking about going paleo is, calcium.
In other words, since there is no dairy in the paleo diet, where do you get your calcium from?
Most people think the only way to have strong bones is by consuming a lot of calcium.
This is not necessarily true.
Yes, calcium does help you have strong bones, but there is another important mineral called magnesium.
Magnesium and calcium work synergistically together, so when you consume a lot of magnesium, your dependence on calcium goes down.
Green leafy vegetables.
This is important because the Paleo Diet is high in vegetables, protein, and healthy fat.
This means your magnesium levels should be very high when you’re following the Paleo diet, therefore you probably don’t have to worry about not getting calcium from dairy products.
There are many people getting great results on the Paleo diet, who have strong bones, and are not breaking their arm from a karate chop.
It just doesn’t happen that way.
You can take a calcium supplement for peace of mind if you like, but I don’t supplement with calcium, I don’t eat dairy, and I’ve never had a broken bone in my life.
Lifting weights will also help you have strong bones.
Next question is from YouTube username: MileyCruz125.
Can you make some bread substitute suggestions? For example, I’ve been using plain rice cakes instead of bread to make an open faced turkey avocado sandwich. What would be a good bread substitute for an English muffin egg sandwich?
I mentioned in my Food Wars episode on bread, that if you’re going to eat bread, go with the sprouted grain bread.
Most brands of sprouted grain bread use better quality, natural ingredients, rather than artificial ingredients.
You can also make your own bread.
It was coconut based, so it tasted good, it only had 5 ingredients, and it was so easy to make.
So again, another option is to make your own bread.
There you have it, that was 5 of your questions answered in about 5 minutes.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.