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enzyme inhibitors, opioid peptides, beta carboline
Posted by: Debbie
Date: February 24, 2002 3:15 AM

Have you ever heard of substances called opioid peptides or beta carbolines produced as a result of heating/cooking protein foods? I have been reading about raw food and the "paleo-diet." Some of this literature warns against not only cooked foods because of the resulting bad byproducts, but also many vegetables because of enzyme inhibitors and other substances within them. One source says that only fruits and some raw animal protein and nuts are really good for us - vegetables, seeds are not meant to be eaten by animals (including humans) and contain harmful substances and enzyme inhibitors to prevent animals from eating them. Do you agree with any of this?

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at July 19, 2008 6:53 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: enzyme inhibitors, opioid peptides, beta carbo
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 24, 2002 12:19 PM

Enzyme inhibitors are present in all seeds (including those we call nuts). They function to prevent spontaneous sprouting until the seed is located in a wet environment. If eaten unsprouted the enzyme inhibitors will act on human enzymes to inhibit their action thus retarding digestion. This is the advantage of using sprouted grain bread and also of soaking seeds (thus beginning "sprouting" and inactivating the enzyme inhibitors) before consumption. Opioid peptides are another name for so-called "endorphins," which are released in sustained vigorous exercise. When found in food they are called "exorphins." I used to think these were people whose parents used to be dead, but I have since learned differently. Beta carbolines are a family of psychodelics contained in some plants. They are available in miniscule quantities in some foods, but I have never heard of anyone getting high by eating these foods, other than mushrooms. I could be underinformed here as this is not my area of special expertise. There are thousands of notions out there about what people should eat; most of them are based on no real science or on pseudo-science, even some of the most popular ones.

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