The endotoxemia (bacterial toxins in the bloodstream) that follows a meal of animal products and results in inflammation and stiffened arteries may come from the food itself rather than from one's own gut bacteria. This is the second video of a three-part series exploring the mechanism behind the spike of inflammation that follows within hours of a meal containing animal products. See yesterday's video-of-the-day for part one (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-leaky-gut-theory-of-why-animal-products-cause-inflammation/). Food Mass Transit (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/food-mass-transit/) details intestinal transit time and for more on chocolate see Update on Chocolate (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/update-on-chocolate/), Healthiest Chocolate Fix (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/healthiest-chocolate-fix/), and A Treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/a-treatment-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome/). The chocolate thing reminds me of the nitrate story. When accompanied by phytonutrients, what could have an adverse effect ends up being beneficial—see Are Nitrates Pollutants or Nutrients? (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/are-nitrates-pollutants-or-nutrients/). Tomorrow I'll close up this fascinating topic by exploring the role fat may play in this endotoxic reaction to meat and other animal products in Dead Meat Bacteria Endotoxemia (http://nutritionfacts.org/video/dead-meat-bacteria-endotoxemia/). In the meantime, there are hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects for you to check out at (http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/).
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