Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Whole Food Philosophy And The Tale Of A Giant Sugar Beet

While contemplating the whole food philosophy principles I'm learning about, I recalled one of the tales I grew up with. It's an old little tale that, in its own way, illustrates the significance of synergy. And because it's the weekend, and we could all use a break from thinking too hard, here goes....

The Tale of a Giant Sugar Beet

Image: indrja, fotoalba by Centrum.ca

Once upon a time, there lived a grandpa and a grandma.

One day the grandpa decided to plant a sugar beet. He got the field ready, fertilized it, watered it, and took care of it, The sugar beet grew and grew and became huge.

When it came time to harvest it, he tried to pull it out.

He pulled, and pulled ... but could not do it.

So he called grandma for help.Grandma came and grandpa grabbed the sugar beet, grandma grabbed grandpa, and they pulled and pulled ... but couldn't pull it out.

So grandma called their granddaughter to help them out. The granddaughter came and grandpa grabbed the sugar beet, grandma grabbed grandpa, granddaughter grabbed grandma, and they pulled, and pulled ... but couldn't pull it out.

So the granddaughter called their dog to come to help. The dog came and grandpa grabbed the sugar beet, grandma grabbed grandpa, granddaughter grabbed grandma, the dog grabbed the granddaughter's skirt, and they pulled, and pulled ... but couldn't pull it out.

So the dog called their cat to come and help. The cat came and grandpa grabbed the sugar beet, grandma grabbed grandpa, granddaughter grabbed grandma, the dog grabbed the granddaughter's skirt, the cat grabbed the dog, and they pulled, and pulled ... but couldn't pull it out.

So the cat called a mouse to come and help them out. The mouse came and grandpa grabbed the sugar beet, grandma grabbed grandpa, granddaughter grabbed grandma, the dog grabbed the granddaughter's skirt, the cat grabbed the dog,  the mouse grabbed the cat's tail ... and they pulled, and pulled ...

and suddenly the beet came out of the ground.

The moral of the story? It took the entire household to get the job done. And even the mouse, however little she was. They couldn't have done it without her.

Here is something else to ponder. Do you know what is in one fresh whole clean apple?

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CIS-2, TRANS-4-ABSCISIC-ACID BK NAP
TRANS-ABSCISIC-ACID FR NAP
ACETIC-ACID
ACETIC-ACID-AMYL-ESTER
ACETALDEHYDE
ACETONE
N-ALPHA-ACETYL-AGGININE SH NAP
ADENINE RT NAP
ALPHA-ALANINE FR
BETA-ALANINE FR
ALANINE 70-435 FR USA
ALUMINUM 0.4-129 FR AAS USG
ALPHA-AMINOBUTYRIC-ACID
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AMYL-ACETATE
AMYL-BUTYRATE
AMYL-PROPIONATE
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ANILINE 1.5 FR NAP
ARABINOSE
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ARSENIC 0.00055-0.43 FR AAS USG
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ASCORBIDASE
ASH 2,300-43,000 FR USG
ASPARAGINE 171 FR
ASPARTIC-ACID 210-2,115 FR USA
AVICULARIN FR NAP
BARIUM 0.22-8.6 FR USG
BENZOIC-ACID
3,4-BENZOPYRENE FR NAP
BENZYL-ACETATE
BENZYL-AMINE 0.6 EP(FR) NPA
BENZYLAMINE 0.3-3.0 FR NAP
BIOTIN
BORON 1-110 FR AAS BOB USG
BROMINE <1 FR AAS
BUTANOL
N-BUTANOL
1-BUTANOL
2-BUTANOL
BUTYL-ACETATE
BUTYL-BUTYRATE
BUTYL-CAPROATE
BUTYL-PROPIONATE
BUTYL-VALERIANATE
I-BUTYL-OCTANOATE
I-BUTYL-PROPIOANTE
N-BUTYL-DECANOATE
N-BUTYL-FORMATE
N-BUTYL-N-HEXANOATE
N-BUTYL-OCTANOATE
N-BUTYL-PROPIONATE
CADMIUM <0.002-0.0258 FR AAS USG
CAFFEETANNIN
CAFFEIC-ACID 85-1,270 FR CRC(FSN)
CALCIUM 43-570 (-1,376) FR AAS USG
CALCIUM-OXALATE
CAPROALDEHYDE
CAPRIOIC-ACID-AMYL-ESTER
CAPRYLIC-ESTER
CARBOHYDRATE 152,250-948,550 FR
BETA-CAROTENE 0-76 FR
CAROTENOIDS 0-126
CATALASE
D-CATECHIN FR NAP
CHLOROGENIC-ACID FR NAP
CHLOROPHYLL 0-1 FR
CHROMIUM 0.005-0.3 FR AAS USG
CITRIC-ACID
CITRAMALIC-ACID
COBALT <0.005-0.043 FR AAS USG
COPPER 0.24-4 FR AAS USG
COUMARIC-ACID
P-COUMARIC-ACID 15-460 FR CRC (FSN)
N-COUMARYL-QUINIC-ACID
P-COUMARYL-QUINIC-ACID FR NAP
CREATINE SH NAP
CUTIN EP(FR) NAP
CYANIDIN LF NAP
CYANIDIN-3-ARABINOSIDE
CYANIDIN-7-ARABINOSIDE
CYANIDIN-3,5 DIGLUCOSIDE CY NAP
CYANIDIN-3-GALACTOSIDE
CYSTINE 30-187
I-DECANOIC-ACID
N-DECANOL
DECENOIC-ACID
1-DECYL-ACETATE
DEHYDROASCORBIC-ACID
DIASTASE
DIETHYLAMINE 3 FR NAP
DIGALACTOSYL-DIGLYCERIDE 49-107 FR
3-BETA-19-ALPHA-DIHYDROXY-2-OXOURS-
12-EN-28-OIC-ACID 1,000 WD NAP
DIHYDROXYTRICARBALLYLIC-ACID 1 FR
DIPHOSPHATIDYL-GLYCEROL 4-6 FR
EO 25-35
L-EPICATECHIN FR NAP
5,6-EPOXY-10’-APO-5,6-DIHYDRO-BETACAROTENE-
3,10’-DIOL 20,000
EP(FR) NAP
ESTRAGOLE TR EO
ESTRONE 0.10-0.13 SD NAP
ETHANOL
ETHYL-ACETATE
ETHYLAMINE 3 FR NAP
ETHYL-BUTYRATE
ETHYL-CAPROATE
ETHYL-CROTONATE
ETHYL-DECENOATE
ETHYL-DODECANOATE
ETHYL-HEXANOATE
ETHYL-ISOBUTYTRATE
ETHYL-METHYLBUTYRATE
ETHYL-NONANOATE
ETHYL-OCTANOATE
ETHYL-PENTANOATE
ETHYL-PHENACETATE
ETHYL-PROPIONATE
ETHYL-VALERIANATE
FARNESENE EP(FR) NAP
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FAT 180,000-230,000 SD
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FIBER 131,000 FR PED
FIBER 5,200-49,636 FR USA
FLUORINE <0.1-2.1 FR AAS
FOLACIN 0.02-0.2 FR USA
FORMIC-ACID
FRUCTOSE 50,100-60,800 FR
FUMARIC-ACID
GALACTANASE
GALACTARIC-ACID
D-GALACTURONIC-ACID 13-54
GERANIOL
D-GLUCITOL
GLUCOCEREBROSIDE 34-49
D-GLUCONIC-ACID
GLUCOSE 17,200-18,200 FR
GLUTAMIC-ACID 156-1,244 FR
GLUTAMINE 20
GLYCERIC-ACID
GLYCINE 80-497
GLYCOLIC-ACID
GLYOXYLIC-ACID
GUANIDINE SH NAP
GUANIDINOACETIC-ACID SH NAP
GAMMA-GUANIDINOBUTRAMIDE SH NAP
GAMMA-GUANIDINOBUYTYRIC-ACID SH NAP
GAMMA-GUANIDINOPROPIONIC-ACID SH NAP
GUANIDINOSUCCINIC-ACID SH NAP
HEMICELLULOSE
HEPTACOSANE
N-HEPTANOIC-ACID
HEPTENOIC-ACID
2-HEPTANOL
N-HEPTANOL
N-HEX-1-EN-3-OL
CIS-N-HEX-3-EN-1-OL
TRANS-N-HEX-2-EN-1-OL
TRANS-N-HEX-3-EN-1-OL
HEXACOSANOL
N-HEXANOL
7-HEXANOIC-ACID
I-HEXANOIC-ACID
HEXANOL
2-HEXENAL
TRANS-2-HEXENOIC-ACID
HEXYL-ACETATE
HEXYL-BUTYRATE
HEXYL-FORMATE
N-HEHYL-N-HEXANOATE
N-HEXYL-OCTANOATE
N-HEXYL-PROPIONATE
HISTIDINE 30-187 FR
P-HYDROXYBENZOIC-ACID FR NAP
HYDROXYCINNAMIC-ACID 1,340 FR
4-HYDROXYMETHYLPROLINE
3-HYDROXY-OCTYL-BETA-D-GLUCOSIDE FR NAP
19-HYDROXYURSOLIC-ACID PL JSG
20-HYDROXYURSOLIC-ACID PL JSG
19-HYDROXYURSONIC-ACID PL JSG
HYPERIN
HYPEROSIDE FR NAP
IDAEIN
INDOLE-3-ACETIC-ACID PL PAS
INOSITOL
IODINE
IRON 1.1-123 FR AAS USA USG
ISOAMYL-BUTYRATE
ISOAMYL-PROPIONATE
ISOBUTYL-ACETATE
ISOBUTYL-BUTYRATE
ISOBUTYL-FORMATE
ISOCHLOROGENIC-ACID PL PAS
ISOCITRIC-ACID
ISOLEUCINE 50-497 FR
ISOPROPYL-BUTYRATE
ISOQUERCITRIN FR NAP
JASMONIC-ACID FR NAP
KILOCALORIES 3,419 FR PED
LACTIC-ACID
LAURIC-ACID 10-63 FR
LEAD 0.002-64 FR AAS USG
LECITHIN
LEUCINE 120-746 FR
LINOLENIC-ACID 870-5,411 FR
ALPHA-LINOLENIC-ACID 180-1,120 FR
LITHIUM 0.044-0.172 FR USG
LUTEIN 0.4-5 FR JAF37:657
LUTEOXANTHIN FR NAP
LYSINE 20-746 FR
MAGNESIUM 48-478 (-860) FR AAS USA USG
L-MALIC-ACID
MALVIDIN-MONOGLYCOSIDE
MANGANESE 0-29 FR AAS USG
MANNOSE
MERCURY 0.00011-0.02 FR AAS USG
METHANOL
METHIONINE 20-124
METHYL-ACETATE
METHYL-2-XI-ACETOXY-20-BETAHYDROXY-
URSONATE EP(FR)
METHYLAMINE 4.5 EP(FR) NAP
2-METHYL-BUT-2-EN-1-AL FR NAP
2-METHYL-BUT-3-EN-1-OL FR NAP
D-2-METHYLBUTAN-1-OL
2-METHYLBUTAN-2-OL
METHYL-BUTYRATE
METHYL-CAPROATE
2-METHYL-2,3-EPOXY-PENTANE FR NAP
24-METHYLENE-CHOLESTEROL PO NAP
METHYL-FORMATE
METHYL-GUANIDINE SH NAP
6-METHYL-HEPTEN-5-EN-2-ONE FR NAP
METHYL-HEXANOATE
N-METHYL-BETAPHENETHYLAMINE 1.2 FR NAP
METHYL-PROPIONATE
METHYL-2-METHYL-BUTYRATE
METHYL-I-PENTANOATE
2-METHYLPENTAN-2-OL
N-METHYL-PHENETHYLAMINE 1.3 EX(FR) NAP
N-METHYL-PHENETHYLAMINE 1.2 FR NAP
GAMMA-METHYLA-PROLINE
2-METHYL-PROPEN-1-AL FR NAP
METHYL-VINYL-KETONE FR NAP
MEVALONIC-ACID 30-36 FR
MOLYBDENUM 0.077-0.43 FR USG
MONOGALACTOSYL-DIGLYCERIDE 12-42
1-MONO-LINOLEIN SD NAP
MUFA 150-935 FR USA
MYOINOSITOL 4,500 PO NAP
MYRISTIC-ACID 20-124 FR
NEOCHLOROGENIC-ACID
NEOXANTHIN EP(FR) NAP
NIACIN 1-7 FR
NICKEL 0.004-0.645 FR AAS USG
NITROGEN 280-4,000 FR AAS
NONACOSANE
D-L-NONACOSANOL
N-NONANOIC-ACID
N-NONANOL-2-NONANOL
NONENOIC-ACID
I-NONYL-ACETATE
OCTACOSANOL
OCTA-CIS-3-CIS-5-DIEN-1-OL EO NAP
OCTA-TRANS-3-CIS-5-DIEN-1-OL EO NAP
OCTA-CIS-3-CIS-5-DIEN-1-OLACETATE EO NAP
OCTA-TRANS-3-CIS-5-DIEN-1-OLACETATE EO NAP
N-OCTANONE
N-OCTANOL-2-OCTANOL
OCTENOIC-ACID
1-OCTYL-ACETATE
OLEIC-ACID 140-871 FR
OXALIC-ACID
OXALOACETIC-ACID
ALPHA-OXOGLUTARIC-ACID
PALMITIC-ACID 480-2,986 FR
PALMITOLEIC-ACID 10-62 FR
PANTOTHENIC-ACID 1-4 FR USA
PECTASE
PECTIN 1,400-66,585 FR USA
PECTIN-DEMETHOXYXYLASE
N-PENTANOIC-ACID
I-PENTANOIC-ACID
PENTANOL
I-PENTANOL
2-PENTANOL
3-PENTANOL
N-PENTENOIC-ACID
N-PENTYL-AMINE 0.3 FR NAP
PENTYL-BUTYRATE
N-PENTYL-DECANOATE
N-PENTYL-FORMATE
I-PENTYL-FORMATE
PENTYL-HEXANOATE
N-PENTYL-2-METHYLBUTYRATE
I-PENTYL-I-PENTANOATE
N-PENTYL-OCTANOATE
PEROXIDASE
2-PHENETHYLACETATE
PHENOLICS 1,100-3,400
PHENYLALANINE 50-311 FR
PHLORETAMIDE FR NAP
PHLORETIN LF JAD
PHLORETIN-4’-0 BETA-DGLUCOPYRANOSIDE
6,486 FR NAP
PHLORETIN-XYLOGLUCOSIDE FR NAP
PHLORIZIN GLYCOSURIC
PHOSPHATIDYLIC-ACID 3-6 FR
PHOSPHATIDYL-CHOLINE 189-214 FR
PHOSPHATIDYL-ETHANOLAMINE 101-124 FR
PHOSPHATIDYL-GLYCEROL 8-27 FR
PHOSPHATIDYL-INOSITOL 53-59 FR
PHOSPHATIDYL-SERINE 4 FR
PHOSPHORUS 68-925 (-1,548) FR AAS PED USG
PHYTOSTEROLS 120-745 FR USA
PIPECOLINIC-ACID
POLYGALACTOSYL-DIGLYCERIDE
POLYGALACTURONASE
POLYPHENOLASE
POMOLIC-ACID PL JSG
POMONIC-ACID PL JSG
POTASSIUM 1,110-12,140 (-17,630) FR AAS USG
PROCYANIDINS LF NAP
PROLINE 20-435
PROPANOL
2-PROPANOL
N-PROPANOL
I-PROPANOL
N-PROPIONIC-ACID
PROPYL-ACETATE
PROPYL-BUTYRATE
PROPYL-FORMATE
PROPYL-2-METHYLBUTYRATE
PROPYL-N-PENTANOATE
PROPYL-PROPIONATE
PROTEIN 1,870-12,800 FR PED
PROTOCATECHUIC-ACID FR NAP
PUFA 1,050-6,535 FR USA
PYRROLIDINE 1.5 EP(FR) NAP
PYROXIDINE
PYRUVIC-ACID
QUERCETIN 58-263 PC PAM
QUERCETIN-ARABINOSIDE
QUERCETIN-3-O-ALPHAARABINOFURANOSIDE PL JSG
QUERCETIN-3-0-ALPHA-GALACTOSIDE EP(FR) NAP
QUERCETIN-3-O-BETA-D-GLUCOSIDE PL JSG
QUERCETIN-3-RHAMNOGLUCOSIDE
QUERCETIN-3-O-RHAMNOSIDE PL JSG
QUERCETIN-3-RUTINOSIDE
QUERCETIN-3-O-XYLOSIDE EP(FR) NAP
QUERCETIN FR NAP
L-QUINIC-ACID
REYNOUTRIN FR NAP
RIBOFLAVIN 1 FR
RUBIDIUM 0.27-10 FR AAS
RUTIN TR EP(FR) NAP
SELENIUM 0.000055-0.00043 FR USG
SERINE 80-497 FR USA
SFA 580-3,610 FR USA
SHIKIMIC-ACID
SILICON 1-70 FR AAS
SILVER 0.011-0.086 FR USG
SINAPIC-ACID FR NAP
SODIUM 0-133 FR USG
SORBITOL LF NAP
STEARIC-ACID 70-435 FR
STRONTIUM 0.165-8.6 FR USG
SUCCINIC-ACID
SUCROSE 24,000-36,200 FR
SUGAR 60,100-166,000 FR
SULFUR 1.65-23 FR USG
TETRADECENYL-ACETATE LF NAP
TETRADECYL-ACETATE LF NAP
THIAMIN 1-2 FR PED
THREONINE 30-435 FR
TITANIUM 0.055-3 FR USG
ALPHA-TOCOPHEROL 2-37 FR TOT USA
TRIACONTANOL
TRIGLYCERIDE 45-50
1,3,3,-TRIMETHYL-DIOXA-2,7-BICYCLO (2,2,1)
HEPTANE FR NAP
TRYPTOPHAN 20-124 FR
TYROSINE 40-249 FR
URONIC-ACID 7-1,440 FR
URSOLIC-ACID EP(FR) NAP
VALINE 40-560 FR
VIT-B6 1-3 FR
VOMIFOLIOL-1-O-BETA-D-XYLOPYRANOSYL-6-0-BETAD-
GLUCOPYRANOSIDE FR NAP
WATER 809,000-896,000 FR USG
XYLOSE
ZINC 0-35 FR AAS USG
ZIRCONIUM 0.22-0.86 FR USA


(FROM “Handbook of Phytochemical Constituents of Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) Herbs”)

So which ONE of these do you think would have been strong enough to pull out the beet by itself?

Perhaps something to consider when deciding between whole foods and counting nutritional isolates for your dog.

It's your dog's health,
Jana

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"Natural" With Regard To Dog Nutrition (Part I): What Does It Mean And Does It Matter?

2 comments

  1. BRILLIANT! We are HUGE whole food advocates at Casa de Kolchak. We love eating all sorts of foods and varying what foods the humans and the dogs get. We feel far healthier this way than when we just toss back a handful of supplements!

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  2. Thumbs up for Casa de Kolchak! :-)

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