Mar 13 2018 0 Comments
Biochemical individuality is a very interesting and unique theory which I think you guys will enjoy learning about. Biochemical individuality is a term that was coined by Dr.Rogers Williams who was an amazing American biochemist. He is best known for discovering pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, lipoic acid and avidin. Aside from these amazing discoveries, Williams was very interested in what he termed “biochemical individuality.” This term stems from his research, and in essence, his theory proposes that every human being is biochemically unique and as such, different people will respond differently to certain foods.
Just as cars need different fuel to operate efficiently, some need gas while others need diesel or premium gasoline and so on. The human body is the same, whereby each of us require different metabolic fuel in order to operate efficiently. A high carb diet may work great for some, but lead to a host of issues for others. Some people need high amounts of fat in their diet while others do not. Ultimately, we all require different metabolic fuels in order to operate efficiently.
Due to this biochemical individuality, a man by the name of William Wolcott developed a system known as metabolic typing. The idea behind metabolic typing is that because we are all metabolically and biochemically unique... the diet that works for me, may make another person ill and vice versa.
Thousands of years ago, our ancestors lived in a specific part of the world and they ate in accordance to whatever foods were available to their respective regions. Since they ate the same foods day in and day out, they also got used to eating very specific macronutrient ratios.
For example, the diet of someone living in Nunavut would typically consume a very high fat diet, moderate protein and very little carbohydrates. On the other hand, humans living in hot climates across Africa and South America typically consume a very high carbohydrate diet, some lean proteins, and minimal amounts of fats.
Whatever Metabolic Type You Are Greens Won't Hurt
William Wolcott believes that when choosing a diet that fits your biochemical individuality you should consider where your ancestors came from, your genetics, your medical history and how you feel when you eat certain macronutrients. Wolcott believes that most people can be put into 3 categories including heavy types, light types and mixed types.
Heavy types: are fast oxidizers, meaning they burn through calories very quickly. Heavy types thrive on diets that are rich in healthy proteins, while being moderate in fat and carbohydrates. Good sources of calories for a heavy type include meat, fatty fish, nuts, vegetables, healthy oils, whole eggs and raw dairy.
Light Types: are slow oxidizers, meaning they burn through calories more slowly and thrive on a diet that is higher in carbohydrates. They thrive on diets that include vegetables, fruit, starches and grains, lean proteins and small amounts of fat.
Mixed types: thrive on a balanced macronutrient intake.
If there is anything you should take from this blog its this; we are all different and what works for one may not work for the other.