cholesterol)

So You’re Going to Eat a Brain…

The human brain is an extremely nutrient-dense food, but not an easy one to plan a balanced diet around. Let’s say you have a smallish but healthy adult male. Their brain is probably around 1300 cubic centimeters (and with its density, its volume is directly proportional to its weight of 1300 grams).

Like most of the body, the brain is primarily water. In a healthy adult, it’s about 77% H2O.

Of the remaining 23%, the nutrient breakdown is as follows:

11% fat = 143 gm fat - 143gm * 9 Cal/gm = 1287 Cal

8% protein = 104 gm protein - 104 * 4 Cal/gm = 416 Cal

1% carbohydrate = 13 gm carbohydrates - 13 * 4 = 52 Cal

In total, a human brain contains between 1700 and 2100 calories, depending upon if the dura mater is consumed (dura not included in above calculations).

Because of the density of neurons in the human brain, we have a lower percentage of our brain dedicated to myelination, which is extremely cholesterol-rich.

However, while we have a lower percentage of cholesterol per volume than beef or pork brain, it’s still extremely high. One human brain would yield approximately 38,000 mg of cholesterol, or about 12,600% your recommended daily intake.

The brain is also a source of incurable diseases caused by prions, known as the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. Prions are extremely heat-resistant so even if you cook your brains, that’s no guarantee that you won’t contract a condition such as Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease or kuru.

These conditions are extremely rare, however, so I’d be more concerned about your cholesterol intake (and maybe the fact that you’re eating a human brain), first.

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Traité de phrénologie humaine et comparée. Joseph Vimont, 1832-1835.

Brain Facts and Figures

“Hey man, Dean’s a human again so I’m gonna… go out for a bit… Get some fresh air… Um, because Dean needs food and I need to go get him food… yeah I’m gonna go find a bag of cholesterol… Or something. You know. Give you two some time alone. To talk. And then I’m gonna get hella wasted and these walls are pretty thick so I probably won’t hear your… conversation.”

Please let season ten be the season where Sam’s excuses to leave Dean and Cas alone get so flimsy that he’s finally like, “I have somewhere less sexually tense to be and it’s urgent, peace out.”

Cholesterol clogged artery


“Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood rich in oxygen throughout your body. They go to your brain as well as to the tips of your toes. Healthy arteries have smooth inner walls and blood flows through them easily. Some people, however, develop clogged arteries. Clogged arteries result from a buildup of a substance called plaque on the inner walls of the arteries. Arterial plaque can reduce blood flow or, in some instances, block it altogether.

Clogged arteries greatly increase the likelihood of heart attack, stroke, and even death. Because of these dangers, it is important to be aware, no matter how old you are, of the causes of artery plaque and treatment strategies to prevent serious consequences.

Plaque that accumulates on the inner walls of your arteries is made from various substances that circulate in your blood. These include calcium, fat, cholesterol, cellular waste, and fibrin, a material involved in blood clotting. In response to plaque buildup, cells in your artery walls multiply and secrete additional substances that can worsen the state of clogged arteries.”

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What’s New and Beneficial About Kale

  • Kale can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will cook it by steaming. The fiber-related components in kale do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they’ve been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it’s easier for bile acids to be excreted, and the result is a lowering of your cholesterol levels. Raw kale still has cholesterol-lowering ability—just not as much.
  • Kale’s risk-lowering benefits for cancer have recently been extended to at least five different types of cancer. These types include cancer of the bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate. Isothiocyanates (ITCs) made from glucosinolates in kale play a primary role in achieving these risk-lowering benefits.
  • Kale is now recognized as providing comprehensive support for the body’s detoxification system. New research has shown that the ITCs made from kale’s glucosinolates can help regulate detox at a genetic level.
  • Researchers can now identify over 45 different flavonoids in kale. With kaempferol and quercetin heading the list, kale’s flavonoids combine both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits in way that gives kale a leading dietary role with respect to avoidance of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.

You’ll want to include kale as one of the cruciferous vegetables you eat on a regular basis if you want to receive the fantastic health benefits provided by the cruciferous vegetable family. At a minimum, include cruciferous vegetables as part of your diet 2-3 times per week, and make the serving size at least 1-½ cups. Even better from a health standpoint, enjoy kale and other vegetables from the cruciferous vegetable group 4-5 times per week, and increase your serving size to 2 cups.

Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life… But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin’ else. And the reasons? There are no reasons.
—  Irvine WelshTrainspotting

Quote from William C. Roberts, an American physician who specialises in cardiac pathology.

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  • Sirius: We have already been to five doctors. I had my ankles microwaved -
  • James: X-rayed.
  • Sirius: They took my blood away to use for science!
  • James: Cholesterol test.
  • Sirius: James had his sinuses… removed?
  • James: Looked at.
  • Sirius: Some guy looked at my wiener. Touched it – that was weird.
  • James: And that guy wasn’t even a doctor.
  • Sirius: ...
  • Sirius: ....
  • Sirius: What?
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Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck  you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pishing you last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked-up brats you have spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life.
But why would I want to do a thing like that?