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The rise of elective sobriety

Around the country, and especially in certain hipster-ish social circles, sobriety is getting rebranded. Interest in more informal sobriety experiments?—?Dry January, Sober October, One Year No Beer?—?has reached a new peak, with Google Trends reporting that the number of searches for “Dry January” in January 2019 was nearly double what it was two years ago. Is this just … Continue reading The rise of elective sobriety


How meal timings affect your waistline

For decades, we’ve been told that weight gain, together with associated diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, are a simple matter of the quantity and type of food we consume, balanced with the number of calories we expend through exercise. But mounting evidence suggests that timing is also important: it’s not just … Continue reading How meal timings affect your waistline

New York Times

The A.I. Diet. Forget government-issued food pyramids. Let an algorithm tell you how to eat.

We don’t often think of a diet as being unsafe, but the wrong foods can be dangerous for people with certain risks or conditions. I’ve had two bouts of kidney stones. To avoid a third, I need to stay away from foods high in oxalate, a naturally occurring molecule abundant in plants.

New Food Magazine

Gut microbiome helps body against food allergies

Scientists have reported that the gut microbiome plays a key role in the development of severe food allergies, and could be exploited to prevent their development. Previously, scientists have identified that infants allergic to cow’s milk had different compositions of gut microbes than non-allergic infants. Research has also shown that some microbes are associated with a lower … Continue reading Gut microbiome helps body against food allergies


A time to fast.

Although these findings clearly indicate that a reduction of caloric intake could be an effective intervention to improve health and prevent disease during aging in humans, there are several obstacles [including safety concerns and lack of data in older popualtions] and…The current “obesogenic” social environment makes it difficult for individuals to adhere to strict dietary … Continue reading A time to fast.

The Walrus

How I saved my kids from sugar

Some researchers suggest that sugar is in and of itself uniquely and dramatically toxic—that independent of its effect on weight, sugar increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, fatty liver disease, and other illnesses. Others see sugar as a driver of illness only in terms of its contribution to weight gain. I’m not wholly convinced … Continue reading How I saved my kids from sugar


Is fasting the fountain of youth?

A critical aspect of fasting — which is different from simply restricting calories — is that the body undergoes a metabolic switch from using glucose to using ketones as fuel, a result of the depletion of liver energy stores and the mobilization of fat. The presence of ketones in the blood signifies that on the … Continue reading Is fasting the fountain of youth?


The future of food goes way beyond lab-grown meat

There’s pretty good evidence that our current methods of production and diet in general are not sustainable, and so if we’re here for another 50, 100, or more years, it would seem important that that the diet looks different going forward. You can take a pill and get all of your nutrient requirements for micronutrients. But … Continue reading The future of food goes way beyond lab-grown meat


What I learned about weight loss from spending a day inside a metabolic chamber.

Being a self-imposed NIH prisoner was an exciting and rare opportunity — to see one of the most important scientific tools in obesity research up close and to finally get some answers on this long-simmering question about my body. But my day in the chamber revealed the depths of my misunderstanding about my metabolism. And … Continue reading What I learned about weight loss from spending a day inside a metabolic chamber.

The Daily Beast

The ‘human hunger hormone’ might cure alcoholism

The “human hunger hormone,” ghrelin, is one you’re probably familiar with: It’s the one that makes your stomach grumble, eye snacks and food hungrily, and in general informs you that you need food. From a neurobiological perspective, ghrelin impacts both reward pathways and stress pathways, two key drivers of substance use. Alcohol-seeking behavior is coupled with the … Continue reading The ‘human hunger hormone’ might cure alcoholism

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