The Production of C02 From Various Foods We Consume
While at the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) Summit in Texas a few weeks back, I had the privilege of attending various educational sessions on topics pertaining to life with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). One of the sessions I chose to attend was on Health and Wellness with Pulmonary Fibrosis, which was facilitated by two physicians, a senior dietician and a respiratory therapist from different centers of excellence in IPF/PF around the US. I was particularly interested in attending this session because it focuses on both the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation and healthy eating.
In addition to the session being professionally facilitated, I also sat beside Noah Greenspan from Ultimate Pulmonary Wellness, so I was in a perfect position to maximize my understanding on this topic! I’ve written a column about this topic which will be published on Monday and share a lot more details. However, the information is so applicable to all of us that I believe it is important to be shared on multiple platforms. Here were my two main takeaways from that session:
- All foods we consume produce three things: C02, water & energy, with processed sugar unsurprisingly producing the most C02. As we know, a higher C02 level is dangerous in patients with a lung disease, who subsequently, have lower oxygen levels. Natural sugars such as those in fruit, do not produce C02 in the same way that processed, white sugar does and is also not a threat to blood sugar levels.
- Aside from sugar, the three types of food we typically consume also produce C02 and the order of which food produces the most was shocking to me! Did you know that carbohydrates produce the most C02 in our bodies, followed by protein? I never would have guessed that protein produces more C02 than fats do – this is referring to ‘good/healthy‘ fats, however.
Stay tuned for my column on Monday where I review this in a little more detail, but I wanted to share these two takeaways with the forum as they’ve begun changing how and what I consume on a daily basis. C02 is already more present in our bodies due to IPF/PF, so I am wanting to avoid foods that produce more of it and now I am more aware of which foods to choose.
Had you known this information already?
If not, was it of surprise/interest to you?
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