Meet Zed – hunter and wanderer
Zed is very dedicated to his work. As a hunter with a very specific diet, he get lots of exercise both while seeking his prey and getting run out of town. This limited diet, along with his zombie diagnosis, has severely impacted his overall wellness.
Living solely on brains means Zed is missing key nutrients to keep his skin, hair, bones and internal organs healthy. Brains* deliver a hefty amount of protein supporting good muscle health. As a good source of fat, brains also can help Zed stay warm in the cooler months (It seems those like Zed don’t do well in the Canadian winter so it could be brains don’t deliver enough fat to protect against our harsh winter weather). Each 114 gram portion of brain contains approximately 12.3 grams of protein – about one-fifth of the recommended protein intake for an average 150-pound person. Brains also contain docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA -- a type of omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease although not sure if this is a concern for Zed.
Brains also serve as an especially good source of vitamins B5 and B12. Vitamin B5 supports metabolism and helps convert food into energy. Vitamin B12 plays a role in nervous system health and supports new red blood cell development.
Brains also come loaded with cholesterol and fat so it’s a good thing Zed gets so much exercise.
Don’t be Zed! Have a well-balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables, healthy protein sources (which in small doses could include brains but preferably beef or pork) and some carbohydrates. If you need help creating a personalized dietary plan or weight loss program, the dietitian at Our Clinic is understanding and creative in putting together nutrition counselling that complements your other wellness goals.
*Okay, full disclosure, we used beef brain not human brain for the nutritional breakdown in this blog.