A few words on this blog

This is my collection of thought-provoking quotes of parts of Steiner's work that, for example, I believe many waldorf-pupil parents will
never get to see. I will try to make the context of the original text easily accessible where possible, so
 please check out the sources to form your own opinions.

Tuesday, 26 June 2007

The fatty lettuce

"And if the leaves stay green — the greener they are, the more fats they have in them. So when someone eats bread, for instance, he can't take in many fats from the bread. He takes in more, for example, from watercress — that tiny plant with the very tiny leaves — more fats than when he eats bread. ...

 ... And in this case, because these substances are destroyed in the intestines and only their forces proceed to work, cooking is not so necessary. That's why leaves can be eaten raw as salad. Whatever is to work on the head cannot be eaten raw; it must be cooked. Cooked foods work particularly on the head. Lettuce and similar things work particularly on heart and lungs, building them up, nourishing them through the fats." Steiner, R. (1924; GA0354). Lecture I (link), in the series of lectures: Nutrition and Health.

  What real science shows: Nutritional content of lettuce (see page 2)


Anonymous said...

Hi Lee, thanks for this, it seems to be true for me! At 16 I was into "dawkinian" brain foods, supplements and lecithin was the go- table spoon on oats each morn sure but also had lung complaints at same time. was years later I discovered it can be instigatory in lung conditions as it is an emulsifier - blends fats and water - to the point of collapsing the alvioli through eliminating surface tension. still if I eat too much emulsifier laden food get same condition - funnily as per this steiner quote of yours -lettuce and leafy greens in the diet and lungs revive,..!! still cant say I understand it in theory but in practise - really helpful

Anonymous said...

Anonymous...I have had similar issues. I have a heart condition and have never been able to do more than mild physical activity. The medical community ruled out diet, but one day (after having been told that I was rejecting drugs and would need an operation), I decided to work with a friend who was a nutritionist. My diet was severely restricted to leafy greens and lighter fats (less-saturated) and, voila.... Here I am today with no drugs, no overt problems, and I can now walk long distances--something I was never able to do. Slowly, I have added more things into my diet, but still keep a basis of crisp leafy greens in my diet. This is a strange quote, I'll give you that...but weird that it fits both of us. Libby