Category: Diets

The Carbohydrate-Insulin Model of Obesity

We speculate on the causes of the obesity epidemic. At first glance, easy access to delicious food everywhere you go definitely has something to do with it. But there’s more to it. The Carbohydrate-Insulin Model is interesting from a biochemistry point of view. It suggests that a diet heavy in carbohydrates leads to weight gain…
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What’s the biggest misconception of nutrition?

I’m following a Twitter discussion where the OP asked: What’s the biggest misconception about nutrition that you wish you knew 5-10 years ago? The answers are interesting coming from people who’ve done a lot of research and embarked on diets that differ from the Eatwell plate. The misconceptions include: All calories are equal Whole grain…
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Life’s Simple 7

While reading an article about the link between diabetes and dementia – which apparently doubles in type 2 diabetics – I came across something interesting in Life’s Simple 7. It’s a list of seven steps that you can take to improve cardiovascular health recommended by the American Heart Association. They sound like a good idea…
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Red meat won’t kill you anymore

A recent study from the American Society for Nutrition found no association between eating red meat and the risk of early death, cancer, stroke, or heart disease. The study was quite large, with 134,297 individuals from low-, middle-, and high-income countries participating. In total, there were 7,789 deaths during a nine-and-a-half-year period. While there was…
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Eat like it’s Groundhog Day

Last month I ate the same things, a cheese omelette for breakfast and chicken salad for dinner, pretty much every day. I just found out there’s a name for this – the Groundhog Day diet. Followers eat the same meals every day, and it’s popular with countless celebrities. Victoria Beckham has a piece of salmon…
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The Longevity Diet

I just finished The Longevity Diet by Valter Longo, a scientific look at how we eat. Longo is a research biologist at USC Davis School of Gerontology, where he developed the fasting-mimicking-diet (FMD). It’s one of the topics of his books, along with what to eat to live longer and other potential routes to life…
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The man who killed formula 47

Malcolm Gladwell is an excellent storyteller. I’ve read three of his books and recently started listening to his podcast series Revisionist History. During season 2, there’s a thought-provoking episode called McDonald’s Broke My Heart. It tells the story of multi-millionaire businessman Phil Sokolof. In the 1960s, at the age of 43, he had a heart…
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Global Junk Food

There’s a good documentary on YouTube about how western food companies are making people in poorer countries fatter. It’s called Global Junk Food and opens up in India, a potentially massive market for fast food restaurants with 1.3 billion people. While some Indians are still suffering from malnutrition, there’s a budding obesity epidemic amongst the…
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Up and down on keto

I’ve been following the keto diet for two years now. When I first started, I lost eight kilos without really trying. I moved around a lot working in a busy bar, and the kilos fell off. My diet consisted of a breakfast omelette with cheese. For lunch and dinner, I had vegetables and meat –…
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Low carb snacks

Every time I steal a few crisps from the bear, thinking I’ll get away with it, the results are the same. Blood sugar shoots up unless I have bolus insulin on board. He says it’s just what I deserve for pinching his snacks. What’s certain is that type 1 diabetes is very unforgiving when it…
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