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
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?
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
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,” 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
He points out that the skin, gut and reproductive organs are home to roughly 1,000 different species of bacteria and 5,000 different bacterial strains. Figuring out which foods or probiotics could help reshape or harmonize the microbiome for improved health is like baking a perfect cake using 5,000 different ingredients, he says. The idea that … Continue reading It’s not clear yet how to boost the microbiome. But diet is the best bet.
New York Times
A growing body of research suggests that our bodies function optimally when we align our eating patterns with our circadian rhythms, the innate 24-hour cycles that tell our bodies when to wake up, when to eat and when to fall asleep. Studies show that chronically disrupting this rhythm — by eating late meals or nibbling … Continue reading When we eat, or don’t eat, may be critical for health
At Superhuman Summit 2017, Taylor MacIssac revealed how your genetics can accurately predict the impact that your behaviours have on your body. An expert in statistical correlations between genetics and your food, Taylor presents a measurement algorithm that can tell you what level of intake of fat, lactose, caffeine, alcohol and vitamins are best for … Continue reading How your genetics determine what you should eat
More than a decade ago, researchers at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge began recruiting young, healthy Louisianans to voluntarily go hungry for two years in the name of the Comprehensive Assessment of Long-Term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy, or Calerie—the largest human clinical trial ever to look at the effects of calorie restriction on … Continue reading Will cutting calories make you live longer?
After analyzing more than 1,000 raw foods, researchers ranked the ingredients that provide the best balance of your daily nutritional requirements – and they found a few surprises. . The higher the score, the more likely each food would meet, but not exceed your daily nutritional needs, when eaten in combination with others.
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